- Occupy Sioux Falls is this afternoon.
- At about the same time the Twin Cities Book Festival is being held in downtown Minneapolis.
Interesting Reading in the Interweb Tubes
- Humor speaks truth: Wrong People Arrested on Wall Street (“NYPD spokesman Frank Hannefy explained the controversial decision to arrest Occupy Wall Street protesters while leaving the people who had brought the nation’s economy to the brink of Armageddon unmolested.”) (via)
- How the National Book Awards made themselves irrelevant (“In a culture dominated by film and television, all literary novels are so obscure as to be virtually invisible[.]”)
- The Meaning of Hockey (“Two features distinguish hockey from all other sports: its peculiar relationship to violence, and its pace, which is just beyond the organic capacities of human biology.”) (via)
- Forty-four Booker Award winners in 25 words each.
- The 10 oldest books known to man.
- Find out why libraries are destroying books.
- A beta version of the online third edition The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction is up and running. (via)
- Writer reports on results of one-year pledge to buy no more new books and to try out an electronic reader. (via)
- As you may have heard, the finalists for the 2011 National Book Awards have been announced. I’ve read a grand total of one of them, a fiction finalist and, to be honest, have read better this year.
- Did Jesus die for Klingons too?
- Study suggests there is a connection between religious faith and happiness only when a society is in trouble.
- I’m sorry but classifying an entire judicial opinion is a mockery.
We may have democracy, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can’t have both.
Louis Brandeis, quoted in
Mr. Justice Brandeis, Great American