Stevereads on BookTube

Steve Donoghue at Stevereads writes about BookTube, a YouTube community devoted to booklovers. It’s a fun survey of what he loves, dislikes, and questions about the community (why do so many of the vloggers tout Young Adult novels?). But his joy in the community is in their joy at sharing what they love, particularly the contents of their bookshelves […]

Blogs I Like: Sitcom Geek

As Stephen Fry said once upon a time: when I was young, comedy albums were my rock albums. The first albums I remember buying were remaindered copies of “Another Monty Python Album” and, rather incredibly, Robert Klein’s “Mind Over Matter” (I think because the cover just looked so out-there).

Generic Corporate Promo Video

Everything You Hate About Advertising in One Fake Video That’s Almost Too Real | Adweek. Satire could be defined as “that which seeks to improve.” Or, as Dick Cavett reported George S. Kaufman saying, “Satire is what closes on Saturday night.” In the case of this video and, particularly, the McSweeney’s piece by Kendra Eash […]

Review: “In Our Time” podcast and newsletter

One of my long-term listening pleasures is BBC4’s In Our Time podcast. The show is hosted by Melvyn Bragg, a novelist, cultural reporter, broadcaster, and a member of the House of Lords, in no particular order. The show’s premise is to pick a significant topic from history, culture, science, art, philosophy, etc., bring in three […]

Review: Elf, a reminder service to avoid overdue library fees

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The Durham Country Library — which is a great organization I support with patronage and donations of both books and money —  does not notify me when books are either coming due or are overdue. This can be inconvenient when life gets hectic or I forget that the checkout period for DVDs is different from that for books. […]