January 31, 2009

Surfing Saturday- 01/31/09

Each Saturday morning, (or, in this case, it's evening) I list any links of interest I came across during the past week of surfing, especially those having to do with books! Play along by visiting Literary Menagerie.


~30-year-old George Vlosich uses an Etch-A-Sketch toy to draw President Obama's likeness, among others. Pretty amazing, if you ask me. I can't even draw a decent house on one of those things.

~All is not lost! According to this article from the Wall Street Journal, reading fiction is on the rise, even among 18-to 24-year-olds. And they are checking out actual, honest-to-goodness books.

~However, the honest-to-goodness, hold-it-in-your-hands-and-turn-your-own-pages book will not be the only way to get people to read from now on. The digital age is reshaping literature in more ways than one.

~For those Harry Potter fans out there: In case you haven't heard, Daniel Radcliffe's stunt-double, David Holmes, has been seriously injured on the set. After he fell, he couldn't feel anything from the waist down.

~If you haven't been able to get enough John Updike this week, the Wall Street Journal reprinted a 2005 interview with the author, done shortly before the publication of his second collection of art criticism, "Still Looking: Essays on American Art."

~The NY Times has an interesting review on Simon Critchley's The Book of Dead Philosophers. The article states: As he (Critchley) says, “The history of philosophy can be approached as a history of philosophers that proceeds by examples remembered, often noble and virtuous, but sometimes base and comical.” He adds, “The manner of the death of philosophers humanizes them and shows that, despite the lofty reach of their intellect, they have to cope with the hand life deals them like the rest of us.” Sounds like an interesting read to me.

~The NY Times Sunday Book Review also has a review on Ballet's Magic Kingdom- Selected Writings on Dance in Russia, 1911-1925 by Adam Volynsky. The intrigue of this book, says the reviewer, is that there are few great writers on dance, and that after reading it you will never look at a ballerina or a tutu the same way again.

What was the most interesting article you stumbled upon this week?


  1. I love the Etch-a-Sketch pictures!

    Thanks for playing along,

  2. Nice group of articles! I have some reading ahead of me. Thanks for posting these.

  3. You're welcome! I am glad you found them enjoyable! :D


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