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I stumbled across a book-review/book-commentary blog with a difference: Notes To My Muses, by mystery author Jane Isenberg. For her 70th birthday several years ago, Jane decided to start a blog of love letters to some of her favorite authors. Witty, chatty, and perceptive. Except for Michael Chabon's alternate-history The Yiddish Policemens' Union and one or two others, not much in the sf/fantasy line; most of the works she writes about are literary or mystery works. (Another Travis McGee fan, yay!) I loved her opening remark to John Updike: "I first encountered your work in The New Yorker in the early Sixties, but I got married anyway."
In a less positive light, B&N's Nook Apps is offering a "game" called PUNCH A NERD! The object is to "Punch-A-Nerd! Have some fun, punch a nerd and see how far he flies! This light hearted game is FREE and is a fun way to pass the time." As a long-time nerd whose old school days occasionally featured being punched for, well, being a nerd, that doesn't sound like much fun to me. (And a Google search reveals there are multiple "Punch A Nerd" games available from different developers. Wait a minute, aren't programmers supposed to be nerds themselves? Thanks a lot, you traitors!)
From 2011, Allan Guthrie's Ten Rules To Write Noir.
Texas Library Will Have No Books. Cue "Illiterate Texans" joke in three, two, one.... The article says the all-electronic library will look something like an Apple Store. God, I hope not. The glass-and-steel-cube style of Apple Stores is cold and offputting. (I used to do security in an upscale office/shopping development that featured an Apple store. I have stories....) A traditional library is more than just checking books in and out; I wonder if there'll be actual librarians on site to assist the public with research and questions?