- Saw my first college hockey game in person last night since last April’s NCAA championship game — and it, too, was an overtime game, aka “free hockey.” The Gophers maybe should take note that they’ve never lost a game I attended, including Final Five and Frozen Four championships.
Interesting Reading in the Interweb Tubes
- Never Surrender: The Lonely War of Hiroo Onoda (“Onoda was now alone: the last Japanese soldier still fighting the Second World War, a conflict that had ended 27 years earlier.”) (via)
- Something rotten in Arizona (“NONE of the … books have been banned… Each book has been boxed and stored as part of the process of suspending the classes.”)
- Voluminous (“My books are not dead weight, they are live weight—matter infused by spirit, every one of them, even the silliest. They do not block the horizon; they draw it. They free me from the prison of contemporaneity: one should not live only in one’s own time. A wall of books is a wall of windows.”) (via)
Blog Headline of the Week
- A worth-reading assessment of Philip K. Dick in light of the publication of The Exegesis.
- Is the era of the “great American novel” over? (via)
- But then, is anyone writing just fiction any more?
- The short list for the Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year has been announced.
- Rereading a book may actually be therapeutic. (via)
- The importance of repudiated books
- Why we keep seeing books about Nazis.
- The truth about books bound in human skin
- The Seven Blunders
- Sam is right. This colorized photo of Abe Lincoln is stunning.
- Although I’m not a big fan of fighting in hockey, last Saturday night produced the first line brawl I’ve seen in person. 177 penalty minutes assessed from this one incident — and not a single word about it in the local daily.
- Vulgar words of 1811
- See the effects of dropping a nuke on your favorite city. (via)
…one’s books are one’s biography.
Leon Wieseltier, “Voluminous”