this fragment of life

“I am persuaded that every time a man smiles – but much more so when he laughs – it adds something to this fragment of life” – Laurence Sterne

I can’t remember if I blogged about this or not, perhaps i did…but i am too lazy to scroll back to check.. I had a job interview with a kid half my age who knows nothing about books and is making money hand over fist selling them.. So in the end I bought a nice bottle of port on the way home – beware latenight blogging..

Tristram Shandy has been made into a movie..or rather a movie about making a movie of Tristram Shandy – take your pick. Here’s a nice little think piece about it and other meta-movies. Orchid Thief is an example of a metamovie, here’s a nice piece on that one.

todays fatwa: interview with Kåre Bluitgen Danish childen’s book author

naughty naughty: Baltimore Book thief gets 3 years. Hopefully most of that was for stupidity.

something french: tasty interview with French detective novelist Fred Vargas.

worth waiting for: The Strand sells $100K backlist title.

worth watching: C-Span2’s BookTV Book Club: All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren. Scheduled on Saturday, February 11 at 3:00 pm and Sunday, February 12 at 3:00 am. BTW their BookTV bus (i kid you not) will be visiting Baton Rouge in the near future.

Multi-region DVD players don’t care how a dvd is encoded…they generally play anything you stick in them: dvds, cds, cd-rs, dvd-rs, region 0, 1, 2, 3, dirty hubcaps, whatever. SUPPOSEDLY you can’t buy a multi-region player off the rack here in the USofA. But there are many models sold here can be ‘hacked’ by simply entering code combinations into the remote. You can Google your own model and see if there IS a region free hack for it. Beware some models are booby trapped. So, search the region free dvd players on eBay to see what is available. I got mine from OneonTarget off ebay, nice guy, good deal, reasonable shipping from Canada.

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