Weekend Edition: 8-22

Bulletin Board

Reporter Bob Mercer (one of the best) has started a “South Dakota Government blog” called Pure Pierre Politics. It has been accordingly added to the blogroll. (HT PP.)

A blog to which I contributed this year — Notable Books — has received a nomination for Best Literary Blog for Book Blogger Appreciation Week. In fairness, I should point out that only half the book reviews I contributed, which also appeared here, were of fiction works. I have never participated in BBAW but, as noted last month, was considering it this year.

Blog Headline of the Week

New Dan Brown book expected to create rip in space time continuum, reverting human beings to a preliterate culture.

Must Read Award

Roger Ebert’s latest post on universal health care. It is, Ebert says, “a moral imperative. I cannot enjoy health coverage and turn to my neighbor and tell him he doesn’t deserve it.”

Bookish Linkage

I was pleased to see that South Dakota didn’t get pinned in the map of book censorship, 2007-2009.

Sure, maybe the Kindle is “greener” but consider this: “What’s good for the planet may not be good for that other endangered species: the bookshop around the corner.”

Another sign of the times? Fiction about ecological catastrophe “is moving away from its roots in science fiction and is becoming part of mainstream literature.”

Margaret Atwood has launched a fairly impressive web site (and blog) in conjunction with the forthcoming release of her novel The Year of the Flood. And at least the Canadian portion of her book tour will include an hour-long performance featuring 14 hymns -– one for each chapter in the book — that Atwood wrote.

Nonbookish Linkage

I wonder if I can get a franchise and call it No Dog Left Behind? Probably not, since the point is the dog will be left behind, at least according to the Bible. (Via.)

As a longtime aficionado, I enjoyed 11 Things You Didn’t Know About Pinball History, even though a number of them are covered in the documentary, TILT: The Battle to Save Pinball.

Was Bob Dylan looking for Springsteen’s old home?

I couldn’t agree more: Tweets have no value.

It’s true. A broken heart really does hurt. (Via.)

I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve (or save) the world and a desire to enjoy (or savor) the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.

E.B. White

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