- The Main and Ronning branches of Siouxland Libraries have registered to be book pickup locations for World Book Night. The library will have a party for the book givers selected by World Book Night and give them a reusable Siouxland Libraries bag. You can apply here to be a book giver.
Interesting Reading in the Interweb Tubes
Blog Headlines of the Week
- Gingrich Accused Of Violating 12th Commandment: Thou Shalt Not Speak Ill Of Reagan
- Company you’ve never heard of acquires copy and paste clipboard-molesting jerks to create an even bigger pile of shit
- Amazon’s computers view “Phuket” from a transliteral phonetic standpoint, not a dictionary one.
- In defense of the classics
- How do books make it onto best-seller lists in the first place? (via)
- Ten bestselling books with more than 80 Amazon one star reviews
- These 24 books have actually been published
- The five books that inspire the most tattoos
- The most dangerous novels of all time
- The American Library Association released its list of 2012 Notable Books. (I’ve read two of the 12 in fiction and three of the dozen in nonfiction.)
- What’s on the horizon in world lit in 2012
- A guide to finding interesting public domain works online (via)
- Temples for atheists is not only oxymoronic, it is plain moronic. (via)
- Did you know today is International Privacy Day?
- Speaking of which, what is your privacy worth? (via)
- Or, what is the price of your soul? (via)
- The four most effective profanities and insults. (Of them, my personal preference is actually number 4.)
- Somewhat related, an Oxford etymologist examines the origin of the C-word.
- The science of sword swallowing (via)
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