Weekend Edition: 1-1-11

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Worthwhile Reading in the Interweb Tubes

  • Escape route (” The crucial point of a prison library may not be its book catalog: The point is that it is a library.”) (via)

Blog Line of the Week

Bookish Linkage

  • The South Dakota State Historical Society Press is asking its authors and illustrators for brief blog posts on the topic why I love history.
  • Meanwhile, the National Book Critics Circle asked its membership which book they would most like to see republished. (Although I’m a member, I didn’t respond largely because I was, honestly, too lazy to research out-of-print books.)
  • In what may well be the first of several, Salon suggests a “great book” a month for the sesquicentennial (150 years for the math- or prefix-impaired) of the Civil War. (via)

Nonbookish Linkage

Yesterday, everybody smoked his last cigar, took his last drink and swore his last oath. Today, we are a pious and exemplary community.

Mark Twain, Early Tales & Sketches, Vol. 1: 1851-1864

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