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The first Nebraska Libraries unconference, November 19, 2008
Not sure what took so long but FitBit finally e-mailed me an info graphic for my 2015 stats. Better late than never.
All six issues of Prodigal Son and the three current issues of Storm Surge are currently on sale over at the Dark Horse web site. I don’t know how long this sale will last so if you’re interested don’t waste any time taking advantage of it.
Posted in Misc
Not much to say other than the job change has seriously impacted the number of books I was able to read this year, but had the opposite effect on the number of books I listened to.
Posted in Misc
Skyline Arch , Arches National Park, November 2006
Responsible for such landmark publications as Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Tropic of Cancer, Naked Lunch, Waiting for Godot,The Wretched of the Earth , and The Autobiography of Malcolm X, Grove Press was the most innovative publisher of the postwar era. Counterculture Colophon tells the story of how the press and its house journal, The Evergreen Review, revolutionized the publishing industry and radicalized the reading habits of the “paperback generation.” In the process, it offers a new window onto the 1960s, from 1951, when Barney Rosset purchased the fledgling press for $3,000, to 1970, when the multimedia corporation into which he had built the company was crippled by a strike and feminist takeover.
Grove Press was not only responsible for ending censorship of the printed word in the United States but also for bringing avant-garde literature, especially drama, into the cultural mainstream as part of the quality paperback revolution. Much of this happened thanks to Rosset, whose charismatic leadership was crucial to Grove’s success. With chapters covering world literature and the Latin American boom, including Grove’s close association with UNESCO and the rise of cultural diplomacy; experimental drama such as the theater of the absurd, the Living Theater, and the political epics of Bertolt Brecht; pornography and obscenity, including the landmark publication of the complete work of the Marquis de Sade; revolutionary writing, featuring Rosset’s daring pursuit of the Bolivian journals of Che Guevara; and underground film, including the innovative development of the pocket filmscript, Loren Glass covers the full spectrum of Grove’s remarkable achievement as a communications center of the counterculture.
As the Empire reels from its critical defeats at the Battle of Endor, the Rebel Alliance—now a fledgling New Republic—presses its advantage by hunting down the enemy’s scattered forces before they can regroup and retaliate. But above the remote planet Akiva, an ominous show of the enemy’s strength is unfolding. Out on a lone reconnaissance mission, pilot Wedge Antilles watches Imperial Star Destroyers gather like birds of prey circling for a kill, but he’s taken captive before he can report back to the New Republic leaders.
Meanwhile, on the planet’s surface, former rebel fighter Norra Wexley has returned to her native world—war weary, ready to reunite with her estranged son, and eager to build a new life in some distant place. But when Norra intercepts Wedge Antilles’s urgent distress call, she realizes her time as a freedom fighter is not yet over. What she doesn’t know is just how close the enemy is—or how decisive and dangerous her new mission will be.
Determined to preserve the Empire’s power, the surviving Imperial elite are converging on Akiva for a top-secret emergency summit—to consolidate their forces and rally for a counterstrike. But they haven’t reckoned on Norra and her newfound allies—her technical-genius son, a Zabrak bounty hunter, and a reprobate Imperial defector—who are prepared to do whatever they must to end the Empire’s oppressive reign once and for all.
As you probably know, for the past six months I’ve been commuting between Lincoln and Omaha for a total of about 110 miles, five days a week. Lots of miles on the Smart Car later, it was well overdue for it’s 50,000 mile check-up and oil change. So, this past Wednesday I tried to call Smart Center of Omaha to schedule dropping off my car. Turns out, the Smart Center of Omaha has closed and the closest Smart Car dealership is now in Des Moines, a six-hour round trip. Never mind the fact that just two weeks ago I was actually in Des Moines.
Yesterday, Mary and I were discussing options and the idea of looking at trading in the Smart Car for a Prius came up. A coworker of Mary’s had recommended her guy at the local Toyota dealership and we decided to head over to see him this morning.
Four hours later, we left with a used 2013 Prius 2 with just 18,000 miles on it for $4000 less than they were asking for it. No, we didn’t plan to say goodbye to the Smart Car so quickly, but we found a deal and we took it.
This is not to say that I wouldn’t recommend a Smart Car to others. I loved that car. It got 40MPG and handled great. But between needing to put premium gas into it and a future with six-hour trips just to get a tune-up, never mind if something actually went wrong with it, just wasn’t something we could live with.
Now with the Prius I’m getting 50MPG and the ability to buy cheap gas, even with a car payment, we’re actually ahead of where we were with the Smart Car.