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 (both works by Roberto BolaƱo), have one next in line in my “to be read” stack and a fourth has been on my Amazon wishlist for a number of months.

Sebastian Barry’s The Secret Scripture, my favorite novel published in 2008, won the Costa Book of the Year award. Formerly the Whitebread Book Awards, the Costa awards are for contemporary British writing.

One more reason not to read John Grisham. (Just imagine if the guy actually had to do legal research.)

David Barnett of The Guardian‘s book blog gives his take on what I’ve referred to as SciFi v. LiFi.

A wiki on how to stop accumulating books. Which begs the question, Why?

Hey Bruuuuuccee, what are you reading?

I noted this item about the impact of author interviews on The Daily Show in part because I just saw that a book by an author interviewed the week before hit this weekend’s NYT Book Review nonfiction bestseller list.

The Distance Learning Net blog, of all places, comes up with a list of the top 100 SF blogs.

Yes, I know John Updike died but, for whatever reason, the only book of his I’ve read is The Terrorist, and I was not a fan.

And this does not encourage me to go read David Foster Wallace.

Sorry, but when comic books hit $3.99, I have to haul out the “standard ‘I remember when they were only 12 cents‘ rejoinder.”

Nonbookish Linkage

So what does your tattoo really say?

Is loss of solitude one of the prices of technology?

If any of you, like me, love foreign films, there’s a big sale going on at Amazon.

The percentage you’re paying is too high-priced
While you’re living beyond all your means
And the man in the suit has just bought a new car
From the profit he’s made on your dreams

Title track, Traffic, The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys

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