Weekend Edition: 6-20

Bookish Linkage

Tim Winton’s Breath, which I reviewed last week, won the Miles Franklin Literary Award. Winton has won the award, Australia’s most prestigious literary prize, four times.

China Miéville has plenty of interesting ideas, as usual, this time at Amazon’s book blog.

C. Max takes an interesting look at what Amazon’s auto-complete feature may […]

Favorite Film Friday: American Beauty

I’m modifying an idea I saw on a book blog recently — revisiting favorites from your past. While that concept was favorite books, mine is going to be favorite movies. These aren’t going to be reviews of the films, just a link or two to assembled opinion on the films and my thoughts about the […]

Arts attendance declines — again and even more

It’s another of those news items supporters of arts and literature dread. “American audiences for the arts are getting older, and their numbers are declining,” according to a new report from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Although one in three adults reported visiting an art museum or gallery or attending at least one performing […]

Midweek Music Moment: Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus, Spirit

Spirit’s Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus is one of those albums I have a somewhat different relationship with. Months will go by without listening to it. Once I put it on, though, it’s something I’ll listen to repeatedly for weeks. That’s why it’s earned a permanent place on my iPod.

Sadly, the LP may fall […]

Game 7 is Number 1 rated show

I damn near fell out of my chair when I saw it today. According to the god of television ratings, Nielsen, Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals on NBC “claimed the top slot in Nielsen’s ranking of the top primetime telecasts on broadcast TV for June 12, 2009. The show drew approximately 8.0 million […]