Weekend Edition: 6-11

Worthwhile Reading in the Interweb Tubes

  • Ode to a Four-Letter Word (“There is, after all, no such thing as an intrinsically bad, boring, or lazy word. There is only how it is deployed, and one of the pleasures of profanity is how diversely you can deploy it.”) (via)

Blog Headline of the Week

Bookish Linkage

  • Book collector dies, leaving behind 350,000 books. What does his wife decide to do? Burn them. (via)
  • Three Percent is backing a new site called Read This Next. The plan is that each week the site will carry a lengthy preview of a book of international literature due out in 2-4 weeks, along with an interview with the author/translator and a full length review.
  • Salonica suggests some translated lit for summer reading.
  • The best “hard” SF books of all time (via)

Nonbookish Linkage

One of the nice things about problems is that a good many of them do not exist except in our imaginations.

Steve Allen, How to Make a Speech

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