c@@l – the NYT has added a science fiction column, Dave Itzkoff kicks it off by taking new sci-fic to task for not being old sci-fi, he did toss in his top personal ten list, of which I have read eight – so i’m excited all over.

A Canticle For Leibowitz (1959) by Walter M. Miller Jr.
Cat’s Cradle (1963) by Kurt Vonnegut
A Clockwork Orange (1962) by Anthony Burgess
The Crying Of Lot 49 (1965) by Thomas Pynchon
Gun, With Occasional Music: A Novel (1994) by Jonathan Lethem
Looking For Jake (2005) by China Miéville
The Man In The High Castle (1962) by Philip K. Dick
R Is For Rocket (1962) by Ray Bradbury
The Twilight Zone Companion (1982) by Marc Scott Zicree
Watchmen (1987) by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons



cookie – Yes, Norman Mailer did indeed get the French the Legion of Honor
last night.

well, duh a study by ACT, a nonprofit company that tests students, found that the ability to handle complex reading is the major factor separating high school students who are ready for college reading from those who are not. I wanna know who pays for freaking studies of the blatantly obvious?

this day in History – Papa Hemingway completed work on the Old Man and the Sea, Hemingway biographer Jeffrey Meyers guested on NPR’s Weekend Edition to discuss the big little book.

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