Quarter life crisis

It's not easy being green. Or not having much of anything green in your pockets. Or not knowing whether you went to the right college, or have a useful degree, or will ever find the right direction in your life. Quarter-life crisis anyone?

This book could make it a little easier: Should I Do What I Love? (or do what I do--so I can do what I love on the side). Even if it doesn't prove to be helpful, who doesn't love a snarky book?

Videos for Earth Day

Celebrate Earth Day on April 22 with some of these titles:

The award-winning Microcosmos takes you beneath the grass with time-lapse, slow motion and close-up photography of an insect's world. The Rain Forest provides an overview of where tropical rain forests are found and what kind of life they support. Strange Days on Planet Earth and the PBS documentary Global Warming bring the reality of climate change to life and offer viewers a variety of ways to make a difference in their own communities. Building with Awareness: The Construction of a Hybrid Home is bursting with practical information on sustainable straw bale house design, adobe, cob, and the use of a variety of alternative and green building materials. The family film, Sacred Planet: Discover the Magic of the Planet that Everyone Calls Home, will transport you to exotic and remote sites on Earth to discover the diversity of landscapes, peoples, and animals. And Baraka is poetric tour of earth that depicts the harmony and rhythm between man and nature.

Hoot

Hoot

Look for Hoot, based on the novel by Carl Hiaasen, which should be coming to AA theaters sometime soon. I'm going to try to make it to the free screening tonight and I'll let you know if I think its any good. I really loved the book, so I hope so.

2006 Thumbs Up! Nominee

Magic or Madness -- Vote For Me!
When her rational, magic-hating mother suffers a mental breakdown, Reason is taken to live with her grandmother, Esmerelda, where she discovers that something as simple as opening a door can bring forth a world of danger. Review after the break.

New Fiction Titles on the New York Times Best Sellers List (4/2/06)

Do you plan to use your extra daylight savings on reading a good book? There are two new contenders on the List this week.

At #5 is Dirty Blonde by Lisa Scottoline: it can be dangerous being a judge when the plaintiff murders the defendant.

At #14 is What Price Love? by Stephanie Laurens: a reformed scoundrel helps a noblewoman rescue her gambling brother. Can love be far behind?

2006 Thumbs Up! Nominee

Totally Joe -- Vote For Me!
From Addie (his oldest friend) to Zachary (his newest friend) and all the letters in between, Joe writes the story of his life as an alphabiography for school. Through this he learns about his friends, his family, and his own life as a gay 13-year-old.

Why did Gandhi make salt?

m k gandhi

On April 6, 1930, Mahatma Gandhi made a silent but symbolic protest to British indifference to Indians' civil rights. He and his followers marched 241 miles, leaving March 12th and arriving in the city of Dandi on April 5th. The next day, he made salt by evaporating sea water. This was illegal because only royalty had the privilege of making salt and a heavy tax was placed on everyone else. This protest, in which thousands besides Gandhi were arrested, gained worldwide attention as an example of the effectiveness of non-violent resistance.

Michel Faber is on the shortlist for the National Short Story Prize

Michel Faber

Michel Faber's short story, Safehouse, taken from his novella The Fahrenheit Twins, which appears in The Courage Consort: Three Novellas, is shortlisted for the prestigious National Short Story Prize, now in its second year.

With its substantial purse of £15,000 ($26,303), this Scotland-based honor is to short stories what the Booker is to novels.

The other authors on the shortlist for this year's prize, which will be announced on Monday, May 15, in London, include Rana Dasgupta, William Trevor, James Lasdun, and Rose Tremain.

First-ever Lulu Blooker (blogs-to-books) Prize winners announced

Blooker Prize winners

Julie Powell, author of the wildly popular Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen, was named overall winner of the Lulu Blooker Prizes for 2006. In her blog, Ms. Powell wrote of her determination to prepare every single recipe in Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking in a single year.

The 2006 Blookers, sponsored by Lulu, "...the world's fastest-growing provider of print-on-demand books...", coincide with the 450th anniversary of Gutenberg's moveable type, this putting lie to the predicted demise of the printed word.

The Blooker has three categories -- Fiction (Cherie Priest for Four and Twenty Blackbirds), Comics (Zach Miller for Totally Boned), and non-fiction (Ms. Powell).

Cory Doctorow, author of Essential Blogging, chaired the judges' panel.

Visions 2006: Low-Vision Vendor Fair

If your vision is diminished in any way, then come visit the fifty vendors at this wide ranging display and demonstration of products at the Morris Lawrence Bldg. on the campus of Washtenaw Community College, Wednesday, May 10, 10:00 am-4:00 pm. You will learn about services, supports and technologies to help individuals facing sight loss. Sighted assistants will be available, snacks, and Dr. David Zacks of the Kellogg Eye Center, will give a special talk on "New Frontiers in Vision Research: Fr

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