President Barack Obama is sipping a Guinness at an Irish bar [The Dubliner] to observe St. Patrick's Day. At the White House, the main South Lawn Fountain is burbling green water. (March 17)
Obama’s Irish roots have been well explored in the three years he’s been in office. In May 2011 he visited Moneygall, in central Ireland, to visit the town his great-great-great grandfather emigrated from in the nineteenth century. [...]
Obama’s reelection campaign also got into the holiday mood Saturday, offering a special price on green t-shirts proclaiming: ‘I (shamrock) O’Bama.”
What, no Palin-gaffey "O'Biden" shirts?
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A good St. Patrick's day to everyone and be sure you're wearing the green! But if not, you're in luck. I'm not in a pinching mood today.
The big news in publishing this week was the announcement that the Encyclopedia Britannica is going out of print, at least in volume form. Another one bites the dust, I guess, but with so much information available on the internet tubes (including the Britannica itself), and the costs of publishing in dead tree format, I suppose it was inevitable.
Others remain undeterred. The Occupy movement now has a publishing arm, and have initially published some pamphlets, including one by Noam Chomsky. You can see the first list here.
I like lists and I love baseball. Here is a good list from Huffington Post, and having read most of the books listed, I agree with much of it. But, even knowing this kind of list making is entirely subjective, I have quibbles. For one thing, although he mentions Ball Four in passing, it isn't listed at all. Most assuredly, Jim Bouton's classic work rates in the top five. Not mentioned at all is Lawrence Ritter's Glory of Their Times, the great volume of interviews of ball players who played during the turn of the previous century. And our friend, Dirk Hayhurst, the Garfoose, isn't included either. And I could have done without the snarky comment about Moneyball, the movie, and the daughter singing a song to Billy Beane. I liked that scene. And I love that song. Okay, off my high horse now. And be sure to check out Hayhurst's blog here,
Turning to the world of other media and connections to the book world, here is an interesting article from Slate regarding the novelist/essayist Marilynne Robinson and filmmaker,Terrence Malk, both of whom are fine artists.
Paddy (once again) beat me to the punch and posted Friday this video of Christopher Walken's, um, er, reading of Where the Wild Things Are. It is certainly worth repeating.
Finally, I mentioned last week the film version of Jack Kerouac's On the Road. I guess it will be released sooner than I thought. Here's the trailer for it and it looks very, very good. Oh, I know trailers are supposed to make the movie look really, really good. But I"m willing to believe.
So raise a pint and sing a song for the old sod and we'll see you next week. Until then, what's on your nightstand?
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