On design

I would totally read this (even faster than I would Pride & Prejudice & Zombies): (via Caustic Cover Critic)

Let The Right One In

Let The Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist It’s been a long while since I’ve read anything this wonderful, engrossing, or disturbing.  It’s been years since I’ve read anything this good. Let The Right One In is everything that you think it is, and nothing that you think it is.  Vampires, you think.  Well, […]

Otherwise, you’re just running away from every little disaster

Nothing I see or read does anything but convince me that Neil DeGrasse Tyson is even more awesome than I’d suspected. p.s. although what is the square root of a pork chop? (via monochrom)

Batman v. Borges

Although, really, it’s not a contest.  Collaboration, maybe.  Curious, definitely: The thesis pursued in this article is that this strong thematic aspect of The Dark Knight finds its roots in a short story by the labyrinthine Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges. (via monochrom)

Seen and Heard, 2008

In lieu of a numbered list, here you’ll find a bulleted list — well, several of them — covering my favorite books and movies of 2008.  And, because I’m slow, a goodly number of them will be of items released before 2008.  But that’s when I saw them.  So there.  Enjoy! In Theaters: Let The […]

Books, telling stories

I’ve always wanted to do something like this, but haven’t gotten around to it.  Book spines, telling stories.  You don’t even need to open them! (via Bookslut via TMN)

Once again, “If you give a moose a muffin” comes to the rescue

Filed under Things I Am Bad At: Judge a book by its cover.  The goal of this (simple, difficult) game is to guess the average number of stars under the book’s listing on Amazon.  You get a running tally of how many you guessed correctly.

Birds of the West Indies

I always knew there was a secret reason for my liking James Bond. Secret reason: James Bond was an ornithologist.  And Ian Fleming enjoyed birding. Perfect! (Although I realize this may already be semi-common knowledge that I’ve merely evaded up to this point.) (via a silly list in The Atlantic)

Perilous indeed

A book’s journey from one language into another can be perilous. The Russian title for J. D. Salinger’s classic tale of adolescence translates as “Above the Precipice in the Rye.” A clerk in a Yokohama bookshop once told John Steinbeck’s wife that yes, he had a copy of Steinbeck’s “Angry Raisins.” Has this bumpy road gotten […]

Scientists tell us what we already know

Sort of. The (terribly informal) verdict: Believable: Iron Man, Batman Unbelievable: The Incredible Hulk Quote: Now, many people are aware that the most incredible thing about the Hulk is the way his pants always stay on when he expands to ten times his original volume. But did you also know: The good superhero stories require […]