Friday Links

As seems to be the trend lately, we’ve got many, many succulent links this week. I’ll run through them quickly.

Writing Links

Two good articles from Slate: authors discuss the most overrated books (Catcher in the Rye catches some heat) and a book about the Periodic Table of Elements inexplicably gets some sexy ladies on the cover of its Chinese edition.

Chuck Wendig offers Top Sekrit Writing Advice, and he’s in rare form. “I don’t care what you’re writing — a novel series, a film script, a freelance RPG, a television show, a web-comic — you damn well better love what you do.” Amen, Chuck.

Did you know Herman Melville has a whale name after him? Learn about six strange things named after writers.

Is there a book whose title you can’t remember? Reddit may be able to help you out. I actually want to try this – there’s a book I read over a decade ago that I can describe reasonably well, though I’ve never been able to come up with the title.

Here’s a list of every book Obama’s read since before taking office. He got around to Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom quicker than I did – my copy’s still sitting on the shelf.

How about a list of the top ten books that influenced J.R.R. Tolkien? Fascinating if you’re a LotR geek – not that, ahem, I know any such people. Beowulf is the obvious one, but this list digs quite a bit deeper.

And finally, just had to share this great quote from Tom Robbins: “Disbelief in magic can force a poor soul into believing in government and business.” (Source.)

Non-Writing Links

10 ways you can help right now with the famine in Somalia. I’ll point out #4 in particular: “Text SOMALIA to 80000 to donate $10 to USA for UNHCR – the UN Refugee Agency.”

Check out a photo gallery of World Beard Champion Jack Passion.

And finally, the Onion reports that the apocalypse actually occurred three years ago. As my mother-in-law would say: “This is my shocked face.”

That’s a wrap, bambinos. This weekend I plan to eat ice cream, watch a movie, go on a road trip, and maybe even start on my next short story (I finally came up with a good idea). How ’bout you?

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