Weekend Edition: 7-11

Bulletin Board

Check out the South Dakota Jazz Orchestra, playing every Monday night at Skelly’s Pub (h/t South DaCola).

Achievement Awards

MobyLives returns to capturing headline of the week: Next up: Amazon applies for patent on concept of lips moving while reading.

Bookish Linkage

The National Book Foundation has started a book-a-day blog on the winners of the National Book Award for fiction from 1950 to 2008. The celebration will culminate in picking the best of the winners, with public voting from September 21 to October 21.

Amazon has come up with its list of the top 10 books of 2009 so far. I’ve read only one of them. There are supplemental top 10 lists for both nonfiction (where, again, I’ve read one) and fiction (where I’ve very happy to see that Every Man Dies Alone appears).

I don’t know how I missed this before. The Association of American University Presses has a program called Books for Understanding, which creates lists of relevant books on current events. Not surprisingly, the newest one deals with Iran.

Michael Schaub solves the mystery of Dan Brown’s forthcoming book.

A key to our economic recovery? Buying books. (I know I’ve been doing my part this week.)

The flip side: From bookstore owner to homeless.

Continuing its run in book awards, Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother won the Prometheus Award for best novel while The Lord of the Rings trilogy was named to the Prometheus Award Hall of Fame. The awards are given by the Libertarian Futurist Society “to honor libertarian fiction.”

I need to come up with a method of book annotation for reviews. (Via.)

Nonbookish Linkage

Looking at the NEA survey I posted about last month, fellow Blogcritic Ted Goia looks at its ramifications for the jazz audience.

My comments a couple week ago about “stuff” prompts me to point to Love Life, Not Stuff.

Michael Jackson, the inventor?!?!?!??? (Via.)

How blogs changed everything.

I didn’t see this until after my post this week on the Woodstock soundtrack but the couple pictured on the cover are still together.

My years of putting my brain in neutral justified: zoning out is a crucial mental state.

Another belief of mine: that everyone else my age is an adult, whereas I am merely in disguise.

Margaret Atwood, Cat’s Eye

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