Odds and Ends

Though little really seems to have grabbed my attention lately, here’s at least a couple items of potential interest.

  • Osama must be good for book sales. In the audio tape released Thursday, bin Laden suggested it would be “useful” for Americans to read William Blum’s Rogue State. Originally released in 2000, the book hit the top 100 bestselling books on Amazon yesterday and had risen into the top 30 as of this posting.
  • For some reason I hadn’t noticed this before. Rick Kleffel of The Agony Column has a podcast. You can find the link for the feed here.
  • The Times from the UK has an interesting op-ed piece on why Judas was a scapegoat. (Via Arts & Letters Daily).
  • Anybody in need of a Bed Book? (Via Big Dumb Object).
  • Although I’m not a big fan, I see by the local daily that humorist David Sedaris, author of Me Talk Pretty One Day and Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim is scheduled to appear (perform?) here on April 20.

I am a humanist, which means, in part, that I have tried to behave decently without any expectation of rewards or punishments after I’m dead.

Kurt Vonnegut, God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian

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