Thursday Night Links of Audio / Video
Steve Martin and Stephen Colbert read a sex scene from Danielle Steele. It’s at the 4 minute mark. [Thanks Lori!]
- The author of the book that inspired the movie “Slumdog Millionaire” (described by Jon Stewart as the most depressing feel good movie of all time) has a book deal. Vikas Swarup sold “Six Suspects”, a murder mystery to Toni Plummer at Thomas Dunne Books. I haven’t read “Q&A” yet but I did buy it. Oh, so many books, so little time.
- Google Books is now mobile so those iPhone/iTouch/Smartphone users now have over 1.5 million public domain books at the ready.
- Nathan Bransford posits the question of who determines “good” in literature. The public? The scholars? The critics? The writers? My answer is time, only time can determine whether a classic is indeed a classic.
- A Wisconsin truck driver, John Coster-Mellon, has written the definitive how to guide on building an atomic bomb. Apparently the key ingredient is nuclear fuel. Coster-Mellon wrote the guide after spending years pouring over declassified documents, studying photos and interviewing people. Coster-Mellon’s book is “a trusted guide” for nuclear experts. I’m not sure why Coster-Mellon isn’t on some nuclear defense team instead of driving truck. Note to self: find Coster-Mellon and look at his bomb shelter.