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- Mitch Albom Writes at a 3rd Grade Reading Level, Stephen King at an 8th — The Reading Levels of Your Favorite Authors at One Minute Book Reviews: also, Nora Ephron, 12th grade; Danielle Steel, just below 5th. My collection comes in at a 7th grade level, though individual stories surely vary.
- Heavy hitters in the new releases via Booksquare: Pynchon, Niffenegger, Russo, Chabon, oh my! Lots of big names are on the new release list for the fall–save your pennies, or get in the queue at your library early!
- Julio Cortázor’s Ugly Amphibian Endangered at Scientific American: ugly animals don’t get the props they deserve; the axlotl, a Central American salamander, is one such unattractive beast, who should be dear to readers of the Latin American “magical realist” boom
- Thoreau’s Watermelons: Patrick Kurp looks at the whimsical side of Henry David Thoreau by way of the melons in his garden. “He was a certified crank but no dour hermit. Any man who takes pride in his watermelon crop, and happily shares the bounty with his neighbors, is a friend of mine.”
- Make your own erasure poem at Wave Poetry: with this nifty little Flash application, you can select from a number of texts and craft your own poem by selective omission, then share your creations.