Sasha reviews How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive in her post: The Engineheart of Christopher Boucher’s Debut.
KfC is featuring a guest-post by Giller Shadow Juror Alison Gzowski.
Kevin A. Gonzalez has won the Narrative Prize 2011 for “Christmas Eve“.
Writers from Victoria are featured in Monday Musings on Australian Literature (Whispering Gums)
Times Flow Stemmed continues to spur me on towards more Beckett. The last quote he mines about, not by, Beckett, is golden.
The Quarterly Conversation has a nice review of Cesar Aira’s work The Seamstress and the Wind. Aira is definitely on my TBR after making the year-end best lists of several bloggers I admire.
The Guardian posits a list of The Ten Best Songs Based on Books
My least favorite thing: Infringement on and/or Punishment of Free Speech.
In Australia, newspapers are not permitted to run opinion pieces deemed offensive or “not…in good faith”. I am no expert on Australian politics, racial or otherwise, nor do I want to step in the hornet’s nest of the racial issue at the heart of this matter. However, the matter is a legitimate subject for discussion, even if the articles come across, to an American, as sometimes tactless. I definitely do not believe judges should be empowered to edit newspapers for good taste or the “reasonableness” of their content.
In a similar vein, “Turkish cartoonist to be put on trial for renouncing god.“