- Because I agree with Charlie there are no 9/11 links today.
Blog Headline of the Week
- It’s nice to know that Banned Books Week “is an exercise in propaganda.” If you have any doubts, just ask Arthur Conan Doyle, Haruki Miurakami or 20 other authors.
- Michael Hart, the founded Project Gutenberg and arguably invented e-books, died this week. Hart was a member of the “Are Books Obsolete?: Reading in the Digital Age” panel at last year’s South Dakota Festival of Books.
- John Stevens muses on the cultural work and significance of the Hugo Awards.
- 11 existential classics
- Newton, Iowa, gets tough on overdue books. At least one miscreant has gone to jail.
- Penn Jillette on how modern American politics resembles a Vegas magic act
- A history and the future of cursive
- A technology company is building a town with no people. (via)
- 50 documentaries to see before you die
In mass societies, myth takes the place of history.
William J. Bosenbrook, The German Mind