Weekend Edition: 6-6

Bulletin Board

Although it’s appropriately being mentioned everywhere, it still would be wrong to have a post today without acknowledging the 65th anniversary of D-Day.

Blogosphere Notes

Commander Other has departed the Otherwhirled and his alter ego has embarked on a new mission at un:enslaved.

Sincere congrats to and continuing appreciation of The Big Picture, one of the best sites out there, for celebrating its first anniversary this week. Doubt my praise? Check out how it kicked off its second year and observed Tienanmen Square 20 years later.

Original writing by Afghan women is being posted at the Afghan Women’s Writing Project. The project “is aimed at allowing Afghan women to have a direct voice in the world, not filtered through male relatives or members of the media.”

Blog Headline of the Week: I Haven’t Quit, I Just Don’t Have Anything To Say.

Bookish Linkage

Best Idea for Readers in a Long Time: As the number of forthcoming books exceeds our ability to keep up, maybe “we should be asking some of these these authors to stop writing for six months so that some of us may catch up on our reading and be fair to all the books. Or perhaps we should ask the federal government to bail out readers so that literary culture can thrive.” (Although I still like my wife’s idea that I should take the summer off from work because I have too many books to read at home.)

Here’s a handy downloadable spreadsheet of Arukiyomi’s 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die. Not only does it calculate your percentages for you (I’m barely over three percent), it also has Wikipedia and Google Books links. (Via.)

Speaking of book lists, I don’t know if I necessarily agree with all the selections but The Anti-Oprah Book Club is something I can certainly wrap my head around. (Via.)

Marilynne Robinson’s Home was the unanimous selection for the 2009 Orange Prize for Fiction.

Nonbookish Linkage

If you haven’t read it yet, it’s worth checking out Michael Moore’s “Goodbye, GM,” particularly his nine suggestions on what we should do.

Journals for those who can’t write.

Check out Scott Ehrisman’s winning t-shirt design for volunteers at JazzFest 2009.

Warren Zevon’s family has allowed unreleased live recordings to be put online at the Internet Archive. (Via.)

One of my unanswered questions answered: what happens to hat trick hats.

If you try and take a cat apart to see how it works, the first thing you have in your hands is a non-working cat.

Douglas Adams, September 1988

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