November 22, 2010

(Mostly) One Liners

It's lame there's no eBook version of the Pope's Light of the World. [Update: Jeff Miller reports that a version will be available Wednesday.]
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Looks like Deal Hudson and Inside Catholic received the mother of all linkages: the Drudge Report. Surprised it could handle the traffic.
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Whenever I get emails from BAC (Belmont Abbey College), I think of the other BAC ("blood alcohol concentration").
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You heard about TSA ridiculousness here first. This story interests me in part because of TSA's fealty to political correctness and lack of common sense. It's also fascinating to see a pure power play in action, as shown by the fact politicians will be able to opt out. Those who make the law get special rules. Charles Krauthammer writes:
We pretend that we go through this nonsense as a small price paid to assure the safety of air travel. Rubbish. This has nothing to do with safety – 95 percent of these inspections, searches, shoe removals and pat-downs are ridiculously unnecessary. The only reason we continue to do this is that people are too cowed to even question the absurd taboo against profiling – when the profile of the airline attacker is narrow, concrete, uniquely definable and universally known. So instead of seeking out terrorists, we seek out tubes of gel in stroller pouches.
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Recent news story said that chocolate may turn out to be a luxury as expensive as caviar within 20 years due to supply/demand challenges. Buy your chocolate now, although I believe the storage is only about 2 years so...
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Trying to determine which of the following books to go for:
The Edge of Sadness - Edwin O'Connor - Betty Duffy recommended, but not lyrical and not exactly escapism material.

The Imperfectionists - Tom Rachmen - decently lyrical with comic undertones, which usually is my fiction forte.

Proud to be Right: Voices of the Next Conservative Generation - Jonah Goldberg - started reading first chapter via Kindle and looks pretty interesting. But it is non-fiction, of which I already have a heap.

Russian Debutante's Handbook - Gary Shteyngart - has much potential, looks generally engaging and accessible.

Everything Matters! - Ron Currie Jr. - comic, but a bit too cutesy. Not noticeably lyrical.

Parched - have the book, and read the first couple chapters yesterday.


Jeff Miller said...

Actually Ignatius Press will have the eBook version on Wednesday, so at least you could buy it from their site to download. Surely on Wednesday Amazon will have the KIndle version since they don't always show eBooks until they are released.

TS said...

Thanks for the info Jeff!