A donkey is like a housewife … In fact, the donkey is a shade better, for while the housewife may sometimes complain and walk off to her parents’ home, you’ll never catch the donkey being disloyal to his master,” – A textbook used at schools in the Indian state of Rajasthan

about time • Sony will be making the digital reading device available through Borders stores this spring. Up in the air is the issue of price and availability for both the reader and the ebooks.

time for a few not so nice words about sony’s new gadget…hee hee hee

hear us talk •
Dave Eggers, Jane Smiley and Daniel Handler, are among the members of a newly formed coalition of authors that plan readings around the country raise money for liberal candidates

yeah right • Bertelsmann thinks they can lure older people to internet communities with pretty words about book, CD and DVD clubs. my mother thinks the PC is just a tv with a keyboard.

wimping out • Borders and Waldenbooks stores will not stock the April-May issue of Free Inquiry magazine because it contains cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad that provoked deadly protests among Muslims in several countries.

suiting up • two authors of books on Sears Craftman homes are suing each other over accusations of plagarism and slander. I’ve read both books and could tell you who is lying but that would spoil the surprise.

essay • from the AZ republic, we get a think piece on the demise of the librarian and the governmental attacks on libraries in general.

essay • Jane Smiley plans to read 100 novels in an attempt to ‘illuminate the whole concept of the novel’.

banktoaster • fiction from the New Yorker – In The Reign Of Harad IV by Steven Millhauser.

banktoaster • Inifinite Matrix, an online zine has a few short fiction available, including some hugo nominees: look away by andy hooper, Burn by John Patrick Kelly, and a few others.

blookies • the Blooker Prize, for the best book adapted from, or published through, or written via a website have been announced:

Overall Winner Julie & Julia by Julie Powell in Non-Fiction.
Julia Powell, a 30-year-old secretary living in a bohemian apartment in Queens, spent 365 days cooking all 524 recipes from Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking. With Julie’s charm, humor, and occasional delirium, this book makes everything from shopping for the perfect piece of liver to extracting marrow from the bone a poetic experience.

Fiction Winner Four and Twenty Blackbirds by Cherie Priest. A modern-day ghost story in the Southern gothic tradition, Four and Twenty Blackbirds begins the tale of Eden, an orphan constantly watched by three ghostly figures. To save what’s left of her family, Eden must uncover the sinister secrets of her own lineage.

Comics Winner Totally Boned by Zach Miller.
“Joe and Monkey” is a webcomic about two regular guys (well, in Monkey’s case, a regular monkey) who have lots of hilarious adventures. Along the way they come up against an evil robot and a variety of terrifying waterfowl.

still sick..painfully so…why the hell does this only happen when i have a backlog of work

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