Monday, October 10, 2011

What I’m reading

Craig Sisterson offers a tiki tour of NZ crime writers, from Northland to Otago.

A very funny exchange at the Bloggess, who takes an austere view of PR people pitching rubbish to her.

Beetles, beer and sex: just say no.

Matt Nolan offers a Greek fact of the day:
If Greece had a dollar for each time they were blamed for the global financial crisis, they’d be able to pay their bills.
He comments:
Although, if they could pay their bills there wouldn’t be a crisis. Then they wouldn’t be blamed for it. Then they wouldn’t be able to pay their bills.
A list of 265 NZ books – current, backlist and out-of-print – which have been digitised in Round One of the Great NZ E-Books project, jointly funded by Copyright Licensing Limited (CLL) and Creative New Zealand. And here is a PDF of the 160 extra titles which were digitised in Round Two. So that’s 425 e-books to kickstart a digital publishing industry here, though publishers have been working on digitising new titles for some time. From here on the project will be run by Digital Publishing NZ, which like CLL is jointly owned  by the NZ Publishers Association and the NZ Society of Authors. Disclosure: I was on the committee that selected the titles, but don’t blame me if your book wasn’t chosen and your enemy’s was.

Speaking of such things. Better Book Titles suggests alternatives for many famous books. Three favourites, because you’re worth it: The Satanic Purses for Lauren Weisberger’s The Devil Wears Prada, Hate-Fucking and Architecture for Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead and this for Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex:

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