* Google’s getting into the online encyclopedia biz
* The Hartford Courant is the most recent newspaper to deem book coverage unimportant
* Roberto Bolano is in The New Yorker. Also see Conversational Reading’s coverage of Bolano, and and all of our reviews and essays about him at The Quarterly Conversation.
A book about someone spending a year reading the over twenty-thousand pages of a dictionary does not sound particularly promising — and the author’s statement that: "I think of Reading the OED as the thinking person’s Cliff Notes to the greatest dictionary in the world" isn’t exactly reassuring. On the other hand, what he proposes to do is fairly extraordinary: surely even fewer people read the Oxford English Dictionary cover(s) to cover(s) (there are twenty volumes in the edition he takes on) than climb Everest. Indeed, it is an audacious feat: yes, spread over a whole year, it averages to just less than sixty pages a day — but sixty pages of dictionary-entries, day in and day out ? Who could manage that ? (On the other hand: for a fat book contract, who wouldn’t give it a shot ?)
* The TLS on Fredric Jameson
* The LRB on literary critic Raymond Williams
* And the LRB on Bernhard Schlink’s new novel
* Max makes some good points about how different feed readers affect your consumption of online material
* Quiz yourself on how much you know about our nation’s wellbeing, or rather, lack thereof:
6) The United States has five percent of the world’s people. What percentage of the world’s prisoners does it have?
5% 11% 24% 41%