1. Something got into me and I live-blogged George Bush’s televised State of the Union speech last night on my “other blog”. I should probably never try this again, but I tried it and the sorry results are there for all to see.
2. This is amazing. Literary blogger and hopeful bookstore entrepeneur Jessica Stockton Bagnulo submitted a business plan for a Brooklyn bookstore in a competition and won. The amount of the award is enough to give her plan some serious wings, so this is major news.
3. Author Michael Swanwickis selling a short story as a message in a bottle. You can either break the objet d’art and read the story, or keep the object and never know what story you bought. I think this is cool, and I suspect Jorge Luis Borges would have liked it too.
5. Dovegreyreader praises Aharon Megged’s The Flying Camel and the Golden Hump, about a writer who discovers that a famous and vicious literary critic is living in his apartment building, one floor above. Now that’s a metaphor a writer can run with.
7. Columbia Spectator’s The Fifty States of Literature will attempt to cite the best or most characteristic book for each state, which is not a bad concept for a series. When I read on Literary Saloon that the first state would be Alabama, I said to myself “To Kill A Mockingbird“, and I was right. I wonder what book they’ll name for my state? I’m guessing New York will be represented by The Great Gatsby.
9. Here’s something that’s not dumb: Toni Morrison’s hopeful letter to Barack Obama. I guess I’m drawn to the Obama bandwagon lately myself.