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Links We Liked for 18 June, 2008

June 18, 2008

Some links from way back when. I apologise for these being so old, but I’ve been too busy reading philosopher John Perry on Structured Procrastination:

At the end of May LA Weekly featured a piece by John Banville on Georges Simenon. The Neglected Books Page followed up with a characteristically detailed recommendation of Simenons to get started.

My daughter has recently become a fan of Flat Stanley and I’ve enjoyed being reacquainted with it too. So I was delighted to come across this post by Janice Harayda of One-Minute Book Reviews. Read the comments on the post for a fascinating discussion of a game involving paper ‘flat Stanleys’ and long-distance travel. This reminds me of the ‘Where’s George?’ caper that was popular in the US a few years ago.

The highbrow but friendly blog The Valve is reading Adam Bede this summer and the debate looks promising already (rule number three for the discussion is “It’s summer: let’s have fun and not be snarky.”) This novel is one of the five shortlisted in our Classics on Richard and Judy campaign and isn’t getting much love. Well, none actually. If you haven’t voted yet, go to it.

And finally the previously mentioned FeedBooks has a service for converting RSS feeds into pdfs for downloading to eBook readers or even printing out. Click on the button below to download this blog as a beautiful paginated pdf (for future reference the same button is also at the bottom of the sidebar on the left):

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Posted by Chris Routledge

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. NOGGIN permalink
    June 19, 2008 2:03 am

    This is wonderful! Thanks to John Perry [and this blog] I have now ‘structurally procrastinated’ several deadlines justified by the much more important task of becoming acquainted with ‘Flat Stanley’ and writing this about doing so. Then I’ll put off voting for Adam Bede because I am thinking about David Copperfield – and write about that, too. Eventually, I could postpone murdering my uncle because I am not sure whether or not he really did kill my father … and I can’t write about that because it’s been done. Eureka! The ultimate procrastination!

  2. NOGGIN permalink
    June 22, 2008 2:34 am

    I checked out the link to the Adam Bede discussion and it’s great – would it be too difficult for this blog to do something similar i.e. a ‘cyberspace reading group’? Many thanks for the link, Chris.

  3. June 24, 2008 1:03 pm

    Not a bad idea Noggin. The wheels are turning.

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