Weekend Edition: 9-5

Bulletin Board

Col. Andrea Thompson, a Harrisburg native, is now senior intelligence officer to Gen. Stanley McChrystal, commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, and is blogging about her experience. (HT Joel.)

Interweb Stuff I Liked This Week

Why Gen-Y Johnny Can’t Read Nonverbal Cues (Via.)

Bookish Linkage

I love the message to book banners in the manifesto written by Ellen Hopkins in connection with this year’s Banned Books Week (Sept. 26-Oct. 3), particularly the last two lines: “Ideas are incombustible. And therein lies your real fear.”

Speaking of, here a list of some of the books challenged and banned in 2008-2009.

How to find a book without knowing the title or author. (Via.)

With the exception of the Obama book (which I haven’t read), I think I would do the same with the top 10 books abandoned in UK Travelodge rooms last year.

Along those same lines, I note that only one book — the da Vinci note-books — would be of interest to me of the 10 most pirated e-books of the year.

Daniel Kalder begins a series on dictator-lit, in which he will “subject himself to as much tyrant prose as he can bear, reporting back on his findings … until the will to live deserts him.”

Defining science fiction. (Via.)

Nonbookish Linkage

Check out the stunning collection of pre-revolution photos of Russia at the Library of Congress web site.

College journalism course on Twitter is Exhibit who knows what in the death of real journalism.

South Dakota makes an appearance on People of Walmart.

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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