For those of you in the northeastern United States being barraged by one more big winter storm, maybe these reading suggestions will help you pass the time this weekend.
ALSO: Please share what you're reading — books, magazine articles, blogs, pamplets, billboards, etc. — in the comments section below. I'm always looking for new things to read!
- Publishers Weekly: "This Is the Worst Book Cover Ever" by Gabe Habash. (The hilarious investigation of an edition of Stephen King's "The Shining" published in Brazil. Be sure to read through all the comments for more surprises.)
- The New York Times: "Imagining a Swap Meet for E-Books and Music" by Dave Streitfeld. (And a related analysis of The One-Penny Problem by Times blogger David Pogue.)
- Smithsonian magazine: "The Lost Tribes of the Amazon" by Joshua Hammer. (If you like that article, you might like David Grann's book "The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon.")
- Wired: "Text Adventure: Zork Creators Honored With Pioneer Award" by Chris Kohler. (This is NOT a straightforward story. Kohler has in ingeniously presented his article as an old-style piece of Infocom interactive fiction. I achieved a perfect score.)
- The Atlantic: "Reliving Groundhog Day" by James Parker. (A look back at the Bill Murray comedy on its 20th anniversary. Also, math fans will want to check out these two older articles — on Wolf Gnards and WhatCulture! — that attempt to determine how many days Murray's character spent in the time loop.)