Sunday, April 01, 2007

Links &c.

- The British Book Awards were announced on Thursday. [h/t: The Book Depository]

- Paul Collins has been deliciously busy lately and has a whole bunch of goodies for us. First, he's got a new piece in the April issue of The Believer on alloynomic literature - that in which a famous author's name is appropriated (usually but not always after their death). Quite fun, this one. He's also got a post on some classic April Fools' pranks, including one which caught some gullible Bostonians in the 1840s.

- Ed's posted two new chapters of Lippard's The Quaker City for us to read as part of the ongoing serialization.

- Over at Reading Archives, Richard Cox comments on the new book Stealing Lincoln's Body and its links to historical documentation.

- Reading Copy this week comented on literary misspellings and, very interestingly, of books ordered through ABE by American soldiers serving in Iraq.

- FoggyGates has some thoughts about the announced Harry Potter cover designs. I agree with him.

- From BibliOdyssey this week: comets and Renaissance drawings.

- Our friend at Fade Theory posts the lyrics and some thoughts on the song "Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream," as sung by Simon & Garfunkel. One of my favorites.

- Travis at Upward Departure has been busy this week too. He links to a newly-mounted list from NARA of some of the documents that have "gone missing" from the National Archives (and a contest to name such thefts); he also comments on my post from last weekend on the upcoming guilty plea by Denning McTague (court date: Wednesday, 4 April).

- Over at The Millions, Garth has a post about some of the recent fiction relating to the Jamestown settlement.

- Book Trout announces an April sale, 20% off books listed on their website. I'll have to check that out and see what they've got to offer.