- May is World in Translation Month, where independent book stores promote literature in translation.
Interesting Reading in the Interweb Tubes
- The Enemy Within (“If America stopped searching for goblins under the bed, it might actually be able to reset its economic priorities and start investing in the things that would make the country stronger, more prosperous, and safer again[.]”) (via)
- Read no evil – Senior censor defends work, denies playing Big Brother (“The censors who are responsible for censoring books and other publications do an interesting job, which becomes harder during some periods of the year, yet it seems they enjoy it.”) (via)
Blog Headline of the Week
- Why fiction is good for you
- Wieslaw Mysiliwski’s Stone Upon Stone won the 2012 Best Translated Book Award.
- Jane Rogers’ The Testament of Jessie Lamb (which will be released in the US later this month) won the 2012 Arthur C Clarke Award.
- A study suggests the highly religious are less motivated by compassion when helping a stranger than are atheists.
- For Rod Serling fans like me, two worthy Twilight Zone-related worthy reads: “The State Is Not God!“: How Rod Serling Addressed Social Inequality in The Twilight Zone and Rod Serling’s Time and Space Craft. (via)
- The absurdity and wonder of presidential candidates.
- Facebook “likes” aren’t protected by the First Amendment. (via)
Weird Shit of the Week
- Man Forced to do Michael Jackson’s Moonwalk at Gunpoint
- Dentist Under Investigation After Removing Every Tooth From Mouth Of Ex-Boyfriend
We’re developing a new citizenry, one that will be very selective about cereals and automobiles, but won’t be able to think.
Rod Serling, quoted in “Rod Serling: On the Way to Fame“