Weekend Edition: 1-31

Bulletin Board

I’ve started posting at the KELOLAND blogs, which will have both original material and items cross-posted here.

I posted a review of the DVD 2012: Science Or Superstition at Blogcritics.

Bookish Linkage

The short list for Best Translated Book of 2008 has been announced at three percent. I’ve read two of the 10 […]

Book Review: This Republic of Suffering by Drew Gilpin Faust

Mind-numbing. That’s the only way to describe the casualties from America’s Civil War. For example:

An estimated 620,000 soldiers died between 1861 and 1865, roughly the same number as in the Revolution, the War of 1812, the Mexican War, the Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, and the Korean War combined.

While […]

Booking Through Thursday: The Digital Age

First. Go read this great article from Time Magazine: Books Gone Wild: The Digital Age Reshapes Literature. (Well worth reading.)

Second. Stop and think about it for moment. Computers and digital media are changing everything we do these days, whether we realize it or not, and that includes our beloved books.

Third. DISCUSS! Tell […]

Midweek Music Moment: Songs in the Key of Life, Stevie Wonder

If any one artist ruled the mid-1970s, it was Stevie Wonder. He moved from “Little Stevie Wonder” to one of the world’s most talented and bestselling musicians. It wasn’t by chance. His talent produced a string of superb albums: Talking Book (1972), Innervisions (1973), Fulfillingness’ First Finale (1974) and 1976’s Songs in the Key of […]

Keeping that award string alive

Ever since I’ve been a member of the National Book Critics Circle, I’ve observed that few of the books I nominate make the finalist round (two last year and one the year before). I kept up that trend with this year’s finalists.

I only submitted nominations in three categories because, as usual, I didn’t read […]