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July 14, 2007

Read a Book

Read a book! Great video (but foul language).

June 8, 2007

Why I Can't Stop Starting Books

NY Times: Why I can't stop starting books &dmash; I have this disease too [via Lisa]

May 22, 2007

Overclocking Your Reading Speed

Overclocking your reading speed — ironically, at Leo's blog but not by Leo

April 11, 2007

Edward Gorey Movie Coming

For T.S.: Edward Gorey coming to the Big Screen

March 30, 2007

The Brick Testament

The Brick Testament — The Bible. In Lego.

February 28, 2007

Revolving Bookcases

Revolving bookcases. Covet. Covet. Covet.

February 10, 2007

Whole Language vs. Phonics

Tammy on whole language vs. phonics. I'm with her 100% on this one.

December 21, 2006

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Book #7: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows [via fahrni]

December 18, 2006

Bowling Alone

Bowling Alone — through a strange twist of fate, this was the most recent del.icio.us bookmark when I checked the site. It's also the book we're reading for bookgroup this month.

December 4, 2006

Master of the Dark Arts

For Joel: Master of the Dark Arts — Ignored for decades, the twisted genius of Mervyn Peake is finally getting the attention it deserves

November 28, 2006

Children of Men

Children of Men trailer — I remember discussing this book with Kris, Nory, and Todd many years ago. Now it's being made into a film.

November 21, 2006

Order of the Phoenix teaser

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix teaser trailer [via Rob, of course]

November 20, 2006

25 Greatest Science Books of All Time

25 greatest science books of all time

November 17, 2006

Who are the great essayists of our time?

Who are the great essayists of our time?

November 4, 2006

Speculative Fiction as Literature

Speculative fiction as literature: Great Science Fiction and Fantasy Works [via Josh]

Fagles Translation of Aeneid

For geeks like me: there's a new Rbert Fagles translation of the Aeneid (NYT login required) [via Paul J.]

October 28, 2006

DIY Secret-Door Bookshelf

DIY secret-door bookshelf [via lifehacker]

September 13, 2006

Daily Lit

Daily Lit — 5 minutes worth of reading every day from a book of your choice, sent via e-mail [via caterina, whom I have not linked to in a long time]

August 25, 2006

Pride and Prejudice Done With Dolls

Pride and Prejudice re-enacted with dolls is very funny, if you're a P&P fan.

August 7, 2006

Thirteen Moons

Most of you know that Cold Mountain is my favorite book. (Well, after Proust, of course.) Charles Frazier's second novel, Thirteen Moons, will be released in a few weeks. The first review calls it one of the great American books. I cannot wait. I cannot wait.

In the Company of Zen

In the company of Zen, a conversation with Robert Pirsig

July 13, 2006

Making Fun of Objectivism

Making fun of Objectivism is quite fun

July 7, 2006

Facts and Figures About the Book Industry

A huge list of facts and figures about the book industry — this is fascinating

July 6, 2006

How Proust Avoided the Gay-Lit Gulag

How Proust avoided the gay-lit gulag — could it be because his books were simply awesome? [via bookslut, which I read often but rarely mention]

July 2, 2006

101 Crackerjack Sea Stories

Dean King's list of 101 crackerjack sea stories could serve as something of plan of attack for Joel, Andrew, and me...

June 28, 2006

Good-Bye, Harry

"The concluding pages of the final Harry Potter book are liable to be stained with muggle tears, it emerged yesterday, as JK Rowling dropped her broadest hint yet that the eponymous boy wizard might be killed off in the seventh book in the series."

June 13, 2006

John Clute's Review of Cloud Atlas

John Clute's review of Cloud Atlas

June 4, 2006

How Do I Build Good Bookshelves

AskMe: How do I build good bookshelves?

May 23, 2006

Good Things to Eat

Good Things to Eat as suggested by Rufus — "A collection of practical recipes for preparing meats, game, fowl, fish, puddings, pastries, etc. by Rufus Estes, formerly of the Pullman Private Car Service, and present chef of the subsidiary companies of the United States Steel Corporations of Chicago, published by the author. 1911.

May 6, 2006

Invisible Book Shelf

Invisible book shelf

May 2, 2006

Lenny's Alice in Wonderland Site

Lenny's Alice in Wonderland site

April 29, 2006

How to Dry a Wet Book

How to dry a wet book

April 20, 2006

New Charles Frazier Book

You guys are awesome. Lynn, remembering that my all-time favorite book is Charles Frazier's Cold Mountain, let me know that his second novel, Thirteen Moons, is due in the fall. (Though I'll admit the plot description makes me nervous that this is just a rehash.)

March 28, 2006

Geoffery Chaucer Hath a Blog

Fun for English majors everywhere: Geoffery Chaucer hath a blog.

March 27, 2006

Stanislaw Lem: 1921-2006

Polish science-fiction giant Stanislaw Lem died this morning. He was 84. Though Lem was not as well known as Asimov or Heinlein or any of the other "Masters", he was just as important to the genre. Lem was not a fan of traditonal science-fiction, and in his work tried to approach futuristic themes from a more humanistic, almost psychological, perspective. (And his books are funny!) His best-known work, Solaris, was twice made into a film, most recently in 2002. [Woefully out-of-date official site.]

March 24, 2006

What is Proust's Longest Sentence?

AskMe: What is Proust's longest sentence? I ♥ Proust. [via Macdaddy, who spotted this on a Friday afternoon, when I would have missed it]

Barnes & Noble Online Buyback

Barnes & Noble on-line buyback: sell your used books to Barnes & Noble by entereing ISBN, getting a quote, and then waiting for them to send packing information. Think I'll be using this? Damn straight, I will! I'll finally finish my book purge!

March 23, 2006

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Awesome! A MeFi post on Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and the concept of flow. I'm already working on a weblog entry about this subject (which was introduced to me by Lisa).

March 10, 2006

DIY Bookbinding

A do-it-yourself bookbinding wiki. I've been intrigued by the notion of binding some magazines and comics, but reluctant to pay the big bucks to have it done for me. [via lifehacker]

March 3, 2006

Brad Pitt to Star in Russell's The Sparrow?

Brad Pitt to star in film adaptation of Mary Doria Russell's The Sparrow? I'm not sure this is a good idea.

January 30, 2006

Importing Audiobooks to iTunes

Advice on importing audiobooks into iTunes [via lee]

January 27, 2006

50 Books For Thinking About the Future Human Condition

Fifty books for thinking about the future of the human condition [via mefi]

January 26, 2006

The Secret Life of a Letter to the Editor

The secret life of a letter to the editor is a fascinating look at the sort-of-controversy behind the recent New Yorker article on P.L. Travers [via kottke]

January 5, 2006

Speedreading Articles, Software, and Tips

Speedreading articles, software, and tips

December 29, 2005

Far From Narnia

From this week's New Yorker comes Far from Narnia: Phillip Pullman's secular fantasy for children

December 20, 2005

Top Ten Books For Winter Nights

Top ten books for winter nights

November 21, 2005

The Reading Well

For the parents in the audience: The Reading Well features used rare and out-of-print children's books

November 16, 2005

StrongBrains.com

strongbrains.com is a sort of syllabus for "Objectivist home-schooling and self-education" — basically, these are books that the Ayn Randians approve (which is amusing, of course, but does not change the fact that the recommendations are good ones)

November 14, 2005

Proust's Way?

Proust's Way?, a fantastic review of the new translation of Swann's Way. The article features a fascinating comparative review of various translations, and discusses the difficulties in translating an author like Proust. I was transfixed by the entire piece.

Le Temps de Proust

Can you believe it? La Temps de Proust is a weblog about Proust (though one could wish it were updated more often) [via frykitty and dennoma]

October 20, 2005

Proust Action Figure

I just googled for a Proust action figure; I thought it would be a fun ironic thing to own. (Proust and action are kind of opposites). The search result made me sigh.