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Slow Rainy Fridays Are Made for Reading

Slow Rainy Fridays Are Made for Reading

It’s a sleepy, gloomy Friday here in Pasadena.  In other words, it’s a great day to curl up with a good book and a cup of coffee or tea (or something stronger, maybe), and read a good book.  I recommend Nick Flynn’s new memoir The Ticking is the Bomb, a book that somehow manages to [...]

Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day

I woke up with a brilliant idea:  I was going to make the entire internet repeat itself so that it appeared exactly the same as it was yesterday.  The problem is that I couldn’t get everyone else to go along with it.  The other sites, they have no sense of humor.  “We have news to [...]

Some Links About Ebooks

Some Links About Ebooks

I’m not going to get into the great ebook price war of 2010.  Why?  I don’t have the energy.  Or the desire.  Or the time.  If you’re interested in it, there are a plethora of great links out there.  Please go read them.  In the meantime, here are few interesting pieces on ebooks, piracy and [...]

R.I.P. J.D. Salinger

R.I.P. J.D. Salinger

What do say at a moment like this?  In a way, we’ve felt Salinger’s loss for years — the great author in seclusion in rural New England.  Occasionally, though, evidence of his existence seeped out — a photograph of him at the supermarket, maybe, pushing a cart like a mortal, like a person who needed [...]

Wednesday Afternoon Links

Wednesday Afternoon Links

A lot has happened today.  Apple released the new iPad, which, in turn, released a wave of terrible jokes on the internet.  President Obama will deliver the State of the Union address tonight.  So, yeah, it’s a big day.  Read all about it: Author and historian Howard Zinn passed away today.  He is, of course, [...]

I Saw the Sun Briefly

I Saw the Sun Briefly

It’s going to rain again.  This is big news around here.  Two weeks of rain?  It’s like we live in Seattle all of a sudden, except that we don’t have an NFL team and we have two NBA teams.  So, not much like Seattle, actually.  Anyway, here are a few bookish links to get you [...]

NBCC Awards & Other Links of This Nature

NBCC Awards & Other Links of This Nature

A lot happened over the weekend (and not just to Brett Favre).  Here’s a quick primer to get you caught up so you can get back to that collating you were doing. The National Book Critics Circle has announced the finalists for its 2009 awards.  Among the finalists for the fiction prize are NBA finalists [...]

Arcbuilding & Other Ways to Kill a Weekend

Arcbuilding & Other Ways to Kill a Weekend

It is a soggy, marshy sort of day, the fifth in a row in this week of spitting rain and wind.  We’re not used to this in Southern California; rain makes us crazy, like wet Santa Ana winds.  Anyway, I recommend a lot of reading this weekend.  Stay inside, cultivate your mind a bit, you [...]

Discovery and Credibility: Fiction in the Digital Age

Discovery and Credibility:  Fiction in the Digital Age

Have we all read this essay yet?  If not, hop over to Mother Jones and read it.  It isn’t too long, and it’s well-written and presents a dilemma I’d like to discuss.  While you’re at it, read this companion piece and the fascinating comment thread that follows it.  And if you have the time (I [...]

The Internet Has No Weather

The Internet Has No Weather

The weather has taken a turn for the absurd here in Pasadena.  Thank God I’m on the internet instead. RIP Robert B. Parker.  The master of the crime genre passed away at his desk at the age of 77.  Sarah Weinman has collected a series of links for those who want to read more about [...]

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