Odds ‘n ends over the week about books and reading that caught my eye. You’ve probably seen some/most/all of them, but just in case:
- Worldbuilders 2016 — Patrick Rothfuss announces the beginning of his annual fundraiser for Heifer International.
- You can’t judge a book by its cover – if you’re a robot — The Guardian has a less optimistic take on the algorithm than we saw last week.
- Michael Chabon Is An Underdog On Top Of The World — Chabon is one of those writers whose work fascinates me — I either love the book, or can’t force myself to get to page 50. As a person, he’s about as interesting as the best of his writing.
- Jeff Kinney: ‘I bought a typewriter to try to beat back the distractions of the internet. That lasted about 20 minutes’ — Kinney writes about his process.
- The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of 2016 — It’s that time of year, apparently. B&N’s SFF blog puts out their year’s best lsit.
- Tom Gauld on literature as the new rock and roll
- This Week’s New Releases I’m Excited About and/or You’ll Probably See Here Soon
- Damning Words: The Life and Religious Times of H. L. Mencken by D. G. Hart — heard about this a couple of days ago, but should’ve mentioned it last week — Hart’s a long-time admirer (well, appreciator) of Mencken, this book is sure to be a provocative (and good) read.
- Extreme Makeover by Dan Wells — a satire about a health and beauty company that makes the ultimate beauty product, or the ultimate weapon.
- Good Behavior by Blake Crouch — the collected adventures of Letty Dobesh were a pretty fun read. (not that anyone asked, but I liked the first episode)
- Then Tweets My Soul: The Best of the Church Curmudgeon by David Regier — should elicit a few chuckles
— and one I missed last week: