Weekend Edition: 1-29

Worthwhile Reading in the Interweb Tubes

Ten Canine Commandments

Bookish Linkage

The best book review I have read in a long time: The Problem With Memoirs. (“That you had parents and a childhood does not of itself qualify you to write a memoir.”)

The longlist for the 2011 Best Translated Book Award has been […]

Friday Follies 3.4

I’m guessing being convicted of “tampering with a judicial officer” while a law student probably doesn’t bode well for gaining admission to the bar.

Almost straight out of the Steve Bosell archive: A Taiwanese man accused five neighbors of teaching their mynah bird to call him a “clueless big-mouthed idiot,” causing him emotional distress.


A lifelong symbol disappears

Just shy of two years older than me, a symbol I’ve known all my life is disappearing. It’s the little thing on the cover of all the comic books I bought in my life, the stamp that read, “Approved by the Comics Code Authority.”

The Comics Code Authority stemmed in large part from Congressional hearings […]

Not barking there

For quite a while, I’ve been noticing various items on the book blogs and sites in my feed reader and think, “That again?” Evidently, I’m not alone as King Rat (a.k.a. Philip Weiss) kind of brought it home in a post he did on book blogging topics he’s done with on his blog.

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Going without a bookstore

My friend Paulette Tobin has an article about Grand Forks, N.D., now being without a full-service bookstore carrying a full line of new books. This is particularly shocking when you consider the city, with a metro area population of just under 100,000, is also home to the University of North Dakota. Plainly, we’re not talking […]