- Besides loaning tools to people who can't buy them, a library in Surrey, British Columbia, is inaugurating a "human library," with people on loan as "living books." Users can "check out" people and talk to them about their experiences with blindness, immigration, religion, disability, and a host of other things. According to deputy chief librarian Melanie Houlden, the goal is to break down stereotypes and start discussions.
- "Say Something Nice"—this video is apparently viral, so does the fact that it's just getting to me mean I'm virus resistant? Anyhow, it brought out people's innate sweetness and brought strangers together, so you gotta love that.
- On today's date in 1933, the Philadelphia Orchestra gave the world premiere of the 23-year-old Samuel Barber's Overture to "The School for Scandal." His first orchestral composition to have a major public hearing, it was inspired by the 18th century English Restoration comedy by Richard Sheridan.
- "The fact that the Economist's North American circulation has just reached its highest ever level tells us that the audience for quality content isn't going away," says Paul Carr on TechCrunch.com. "It also suggests that those of us who prefer our content unsullied by payola, and who appreciate the beauty of a well-crafted headline are turning our backs on the web. Increasingly the best writing and reporting is to be found in books and Kindle Singles, where readers are happy to pay directly for high-quality information and entertainment. As web content continues to get dumber, and more ethically compromised, the market for high quality content away from the web will continue to grow." Do you agree? Which magazines do you still receive in print form? I would have a hard time giving up The New Yorker.
- In case your penchant for haunting rummage sales should pay off, here is BookFinder.com's annual list of the top 10 most sought after out-of-print books of the past year. I must admit, I have only heard of 5 out of 10 of the books/authors!
1. Sex by Madonna
2. Promise Me Tomorrow by Nora Roberts
3. Rage by Stephen King (as Richard Bachman)
4. My Pretty Pony by Stephen King
5. In a Dark Place: The Story of a True Haunting by Ray Garton
6. Codex Seraphinianus by Luigi Serafini
7. Man in Black by Johnny Cash
8. Marilyn: A Biography by Norman Mailer
9. Arithmetic Progress Papers by H. Henry Thomas
10. Mandingo by Kyle Onstott