- Clare Dudman on The Origin of "The Story of the Inky Boys" in Dr Heinrich Hoffmann's Struwwelpeter.
- How to critique writers with low skills (via David Moles).
- SkepticWiki (via Skeptico).
- "Geographically absurd fabulations" that end up "rendering a work irritating or campily amusing".
- Jim Kelly walks the VanderPlank.
- Time for the best fiction of the year: four famous men, and a superwoman named Link.
- "[R]eading The Whole Story and Other Stories, you get a clear sense of why Smith might be frustrated with work that doesn't take risks, or with too many stories that know only their own existence. Her own writing is constantly exploring, constantly finding new things to say and ways to say it."
- Hal Duncan thinks King Kong is too long, and Hal would prefer a Kong less long. (Meanwhile, Peter Jackson recently said in an interview that he thinks Vellum should be three times its current length, have more action scenes, and include at least one culture of scary, bestial black people.)
- Speaking of Vellum, I just read it (and enjoyed it -- more on that later), and found the overview of Mesopotamian mythology at Godchecker.com a breezy, helpful summary of some useful things to know whilst reading Vellum. Encyclopedia Mythica still remains my favorite site for looking up mythological stuff, but Godchecker has a bit more attitude and is a fun alternative.
- How to get the perfect nap (via Digg.com).
27 December 2005
Gifts from Elsewhere
Well, we survived the holidays, so now it's time to purge the bookmarks: