Thursday Links: Reservoir Noir, Calvin & Hobbes, Early Looks, Gunter Grass, Google, DFW

August 30, 2006 | 2 books mentioned 2
  • Waterboro Library in Maine has compiled a list of books about “Drowned Towns,” – “Mysteries and other fiction with a featured element of intentional submerging, inundating, and flooding of towns, villages, cities, and other places as a consequence of building dams and reservoirs for water supply, hydroelectric power, irrigation, flood management, and job creation.” Also known as “Reservoir Noir.”
  • Rare art by Calvin & Hobbes creator Bill Watterson (via)
  • AICN Books offers early looks at The Road by Cormac McCarthy and A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon.
  • The Written Nerd looks at the ethics of “street dates,” the “do not sell before this date, or else!” restrictions that come with blockbuster books.
  • The IHT looks at Gunter Grass’ new memoir, roughly translated as Peeling the Onion. Earlier this month Grass told the world that the book would reveal that he had been a member of the Waffen SS during World War II. Word has it, the book is unlikely to appear in the US any time soon.
  • Google now lets you add a Book Search widget to your Web pages. The search engine giant has also announced that it will start making public domain books available in PDF form. Here’s an example.
  • YPTR, in amusing fashion, takes up the question of DFW and whether he will produce a novel again.

created The Millions and is its publisher. He and his family live in New Jersey.


  1. Max, have you heard about what I call "worldcatting," and the global library? (That's "world" and "catalog.") You can type in your ZIP code and (not .com) finds the book you want in the library nearest you–even if that book is 1000 miles away. It's amazing…and Google is tapping into that capability big time.

    Just FYI! I think increasing numbers of people will be more likely to check the World Catalog site BEFORE they order online or head to a bookstore. At least I will.

    I just blogged about this at length last week. just went live a few days ago. I think everyone should know about this great site.

    Lynne AKA The Wicked Witch of Publishing

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