Hello, and welcome to the worst work day of the year: the first Monday after Daylight Saving Time. While we're all still groggy from essentially waking up an hour earlier, we should try really hard to remember that we get an extra hour of daylight when we go home. So, there's that.
- Round Two of the Tournament of Books continues with Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go vs. Sam Lipsyte's Home Land. I have a funny feeling Georgie isn't going to like the way this one turns out...
- In Slate, Rob Nixon takes a look at two new books about global warming: Field Notes from a Catastrophe, by recent guest blogger Elizabeth Kolbert, and The Weather Makers by Tim Flannery:
In our own age of sprawling paranoia, let's hope that Kolbert and Flannery's arguments refocus our fears, directing them toward the most encompassing, definitive threat of all: the slow violence of what a more hotheaded writer might call climatic terrorism.
- Julie Powell's Julie and Julia has won the first Blookers Prize for books based on blogs.
"Blooks are the new books, a hybrid literary form at the cutting edge of both literature and technology," said Bob Young, founder of self-publishing site Lulu which organised and sponsored the prize.
That's great, Bob... but you need to coin a new term, because every time someone says "blooks," I'm going to have to punch them in their face.
- Among Time magazine's suggestions of Six Books to Catch Up with are TOB contender Saturday by Ian McEwan, Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl, and an obscure novel about a work of art and cryptology.
- If Game of Shadows has merely whetted your appetite for more baseball books, the San Jose Mercury News offers some suggestions, including The Only Game in Town by former Major League Baseball Commissioner Fay Vincent, Baseball Between the Numbers, and Smart Baseball: Inside the Mind of Baseball's Top Players.
- If you weary of fighting off your children as they beg you to take them to Ice Age: The Meltdown — a prospect that strikes you as roughly equivalent to volunteering for the torture George Clooney endured in Syriana — then cheer up: at least you'll get to see a whopping 25-second teaser for the Simpsons feature film.
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