“It is very comforting to believe that leaders who do terrible things are, in fact, mad. That way, all we have to do is make sure we don’t put psychotics in high places and we’ve got the problem solved.” – Tom Wolfe
flashback • from the CJR Jack Shafer muses on the 40th anniversary of Tom Wolfe’s Electric Kool-Aid Aide Test
beaujolais • the NYPL has released their list of 25 Books to Remember from 2005 and l@@k more lists!! . . . sorry having a moment there, I’m a ‘list maker’.
podcast • Guardian Book Club, Kazuo Ishiguro talks to UCL professor of English, John Mullan
very naughty • In 1967, Paul Krassner published Mad artist Wally Wood’s Disney parody as a centerspread for his satirical magazine, The Realist, and then as a poster,
short shelved • the Washington Post has a nice piece on folks out there who have more books than shelves and don’t have the excuse of being used book dealers. Doesn’t everyone live like this?
stoopid ekonyme • Scholastic shows weak earnings and is looking at massive layoffs. There are some parts who think this has been a self inflicted wound.
worth reading • from the Times Online Waldemar Januszczak deciphers the Michelangelo ‘code’
dead horses • Blythe Brown has been crowed indispensable literary spouse along with include Vera Nabokov, Olivia Twain and Tabitha King. Is it just ME or have they seriously run out of Dan Brown crap to print?
mitzvah • Several Grand Rapids MI schools are sending more than 11,000 books to replenish libraries in a hurricane-hit Mississippi school district.
flipside • Apparently the UK Love your Libraries program is riddled with irony, since the government that sponsored it, has also has let the actual number of books purchased for the libraries to dwindle.
new century, old conflicts • A Turkish Cypriot was fined £700 for not declaring an old book belonging to a Greek Cypriot to the Antiquities Department. ya gotta read a little bit between the lines of the report, but it’s excessive no matter how you twist it.
• Ajaxwrite – an online word processor that loads in 6 seconds, resembles a traditional application, opens and edits Microsoft .doc files accessible from any Internet connection, works with any OS and is free. The only drawback is that it only works with Firefox as yet. (they are working on more browser work arounds) BTW if you are still using IE and Netscape you should try Mozilla’s Firefox, it’s much more user friendly.
• Instructions for Making Your Own Stationery with MS Word, specifically all the little settings to create: notecards, postcards, organizer pages, gift certificates etc . . .