Links of the Week

Wait Wait Don’t Eat Me, an (imagined) excerpt from my favorite weekly news quiz show circa the Zombie Apocalypse. (via BoingBoing)

J.D. Salinger: not a recluse after all.

Here’s an interesting look at political correctness and its impacts on free speech. Note to self: stop reading books set in historical periods in which something bad happened. (via LISNews)

Speaking of books from historical periods in which something bad happened… good luck getting your hands on a shiny new Mein Kampf in five years, especially if you want some scholarly criticism with it.

Macmillan’s titles still aren’t on Amazon (see last week’s commentary here, and this Times advertisement proves it. (via The Guardian) UPDATE: I guess they are back now! Good work, Amazon!

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The big brouhaha today is over Amazon’s newest idiotic move… pulling all books from publisher Macmillan from its direct sales (you can still buy them from third-party sellers). Interesting commentary is available from John Scalzi and Cory Doctorow. Add this to the already long list of reasons I won’t be leasing e-books anytime soon.

In case you need some awesome books to read, the Williamsburg Regional Library has put together a ridiculously extensive list of best books of 2009.

From the “news articles that are totally about me” file, here’s one about social reading, my favorite thing! (via LISNews)

Now, I’ve never seen Jersey Shore, but I know some of you guys have, so here’s something to delight you: a winter reading list for the show’s cast, “if they actually read.” (via The Book Bench)

This Confessions of a Book Pirate article is pretty interesting, especially this line: “Just because someone downloads a file, it does not mean they would have bought the product.” I certainly would not have read 131 books last year if I had had to buy all of them (thank you, library!), and nearly all of the books that I buy these days are ones that I’ve read first, then decided to buy, not the other way around. (via The Guardian)

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Links for you, as I try to learn how to use Microsoft Access through a set of tedious tutorials. When I am through, I will be an EXPERT. Maybe.

I love Candide, and so, apparently, does the New York Public Library β€” they are having a whole exhibit about it! I love that they’ve made some of it available online for non-City-dwellers like me. (via ResourceShelf)

This whole classic-literature-meets-ridiculousness thing is getting out of hand. Android Karenina? I can’t even get through the originals… (via The Book Bench)

This whole Twilight thing is getting out of hand. A graphic novel? Oy. It is, however, a must for the completist, as it apparently contains some scenes that were never in the book, as newly written by Meyer herself. (via Omnivoracious)

The title says it all: Poe’s mysterious stranger misses annual grave visit.

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File this under things that delight me: the return of The Baby-Sitters Club! I absolutely loved the BSC and read all of the original series, plus all of the mysteries and super-specials, plus nearly all of the Little Sister series, PLUS the California Diaries because I loved Dawn. Oh, and I had the computer game. And probably some other BSC stuff that I can’t even remember now. Love!

Here are some interesting thoughts on culling your book collection, from people who would know. My favorite bit of advice is near the beginning: “If a country, like Czechoslovakia, no longer exists, it’s unlikely that you’ll want to take the travel guide along with you when you go.” (via Omnivoracious)

If you’re instead looking to buy more books, check out the Book Sale Finder site, which lets you click on a state and find all of the upcoming book sales there as well as big sales in nearby states. I probably shouldn’t have clicked on this link; anyone want to come to a book sale with me? (via She Is Too Fond Of Books)

This list that stereotypes readers by their favorite author isn’t exhaustive β€” I couldn’t find an author I’d consider a favorite β€” but it is certainly entertaining. (via

I’m not sure if I could bring myself to use these pencils, but I wouldn’t mind becoming them.

I love the title on this post: Big Box Retailer Refers Customers To Indie Bookshop, Earth Shifts on Its Axis. (via The Book Bench)

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I don’t have any questions to ask authors (this week’s Booking Through Thursday), and I’ll be posting a million times for the read-a-thon this weekend, so today you get your links! Yay, links!

Do you like e-books? So does your library. This is the only reason I’d ever own an e-book reader, but I’m certainly not going to buy one any time soon. (via @ your library)

Kind of appropriate for Hallowe’en… publishing from beyond the grave. Ghostwriting, if you will? I crack myself up. (via The Book Bench)

From that same post: Your brain on reading.

I tweeted this yesterday, and it’s still true that I want it as a poster: 42 Essential 3rd Act Twists for Writers (again via The Book Bench)

Similar: The Electro-Plasmic Hydrocephalic Genre Fiction Generator 2000. (via The Guardian)

Also, John Green’s Paper Towns (which I enjoyed immensely) was voted best book of 2009 by a bunch of those teenage types. He made this video about it.

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Some shiny links for you while I work on that book I’m reading! Yay! And lots of them today. Also, if you have any children’s book suggestions for me, you should go leave them on that post.

The links!

Oh, I hope this is true: Barnes and Noble might allow a lending feature on their new e-book reader. (via LISNews)

How do I get my hands on a copy of Nightlight? Because I totally want one.

I’m not sure I’m down with libraries selling books, but it’s certainly an interesting concept. (via LISNews)

Speaking of things I want to get my hands on… this would totally go well in my front yard, right?


Sigh. I think that The Perks of Being a Wallflower is more “high school survival” than “pornography,” but I can see we’ll have to agree to disagree on that score, Angry Parent. (via LISNews)

I put some Russian books on the shelf the other day, and I had this same problem!

I wonder if they’ll let liberals join in on the fun. (via LISNews)

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What a week! Seven days ago, I went and got married, yay!

This is one of the shoes I wore for the reception; I don’t have a really good pic of both of them together. I will have to fix that.

And now this coming week is Banned Books Week, for which I’ll be reading a few banned books I’ve not yet gotten to. On the shelf right now are The Perks of Being a Wallflower and The Chocolate War, we’ll see what else I have time to finish!

Speaking of… you’d think that book banning would be sooooo fifty years ago, but it’s so not. A young adult author gets her visit to a middle school cancelled at the last minute because some parents complained.

And then, of course, some people aren’t so excited about Banned Books Week. (via LISNews

The Sweet Valley twins are hitting the big screen. Speaking of things that should be censored… (via The Book Bench)

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Links links links! If you’ve any fun ones to share, put ’em in the comments!

An interactive map of book challenges over the past couple years. (via The Book Bench)

Don’t forget to take your bookmarks out of those books you’re getting rid of… they might end up on the internet. (via Just One More Page…)

I’m not gonna lie, my favorite part of this video is the fact that Jeffrey Tambor is not a terrible-looking woman. (via The Book Lady’s Blog)