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Links Galore, or Ways to Pass the Time till the Weekend Starts May 15, 2009

Posted by Galaxy in Linkage.
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What’s Friday for, if not procrastinating in anticipation of the weekend? In honor of the day, I give you a multitude of links for your distraction.

Better than CliffsNotes? Get your classic lit in 140 characters or less.

Related to my review last week of The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet, one writer explains why he can’t take another book featuring a child prodigy. I can sympathize with him, but really felt like Reif Larsen did an admirable job of balancing precociousness with a real childlike sensibility in his young character.

Photos of  bookstores that will make you drool (or is that just me?). The same site offers a look at truly amazing libraries around the world, as well. Wow.

Along the same lines: University staircases.

“In Toronto, picture standing on the Bloor Street Viaduct and reading about a nun who falls into the abyss at the end of the unfinished bridge and is caught by a man suspended underneath, from Michael Ondaatje’s In the Skin of a Lion. Or reading Dennis Lee’s classic children’s poem, “The Cat and the Wizard” to a young visitor while marvelling at the castle itself.” Yet another reason to love Canadians: Project Bookmark Canada

Perseus Books Group invites you to submit “the first sentence for a yet-to-be-written sequel to any book ever published.” (For example:  “It turned out not to be the worst of times at all; they got so much worse later.” —From A Tale of Three Cities by Charles Dickens) The publisher will collect entries and publish them in BOOK: The Sequel at Book Expo America at the end of May.

Can’t decide what to read next? Cynthia Crossen at the Wall Street Journal offers suggestions for some interesting book recommendation sites.

Get something for nothing: The New Yorker offers a free download of John Lithgow reading selected works by Mark Twain.

That free download is legal, of course. Authors and publishers are becoming more concerned (or not) with the increase in pirated ebooks. Please note: do NOT mess with Harlan Ellison. (via Vroman’s)

The Outsiders was one of my favorite assigned books in high school, so I loved reading Cecil Castellucci’s write-up of Ursula LeGuin’s interview of S.E. Hinton. (That’s a whole mouthful of excellent YA authors!)

Travel along with Mark Fitten, author of the recently published Valeria’s Last Stand, as he tours the country, making stops at 100 independent bookstores.

In honor of Lost‘s season finale this week, I thought I’d pull out this old article about the show’s many literary “cameos.” (The final episode contained an extended closeup of Flannery O’Connor’s Everything That Rises Must Converge.) (via RIB)

Not at all book related, but too much fun not to share: Tweenbots get people to lend a hand. It helps that they’re adorable.

  • Local businesses get media attention:

The Galaxy Bookshop and this very blog were mentioned in the Times Argus article about bookish happenings around the state.

The latest edition of Edible Green Mountains features an article about Highfields Institute. (Magazine available, free, at various local businesses.)

Claire’s Restaurant chef and co-owner Steven Obranovich was interviewed at Farm to Table.


1. Zachary Cohen - May 15, 2009

THanks for the link…Zachary @ Farm To Table!

2. Galaxy - May 15, 2009

You’re welcome, Zachary – it’s a great article!

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