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Summer of 100 Photos, Day 23: Your favorite book

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This one was difficult only because I really have several favorites (broken down generically). The Hitchhiker’s Guide “trilogy”, The Alchemist, The Hacker Ethic, and The Sword In The Stone all vie for the top spot, but I have to tip my hat to Goldman’s story-within-a-story that combines all the tropes of high adventure and romance found in Sword and Alchemist with the snark and wry sensibilities that I relish in H2G2.

Frog and Toad and the Self

I did enjoy the Frog and Toad books, almost as much as I enjoyed the Claymation interpretations narrated by James Earl Jones.

Arnold Lobel’s beloved books taught children to understand and appreciate their individuality.

Source: Frog and Toad and the Self

Armada Novel Gets High-Score Contest, Totally 80s Video

Seriously, drop what you’re doing and go play this.

Ernie Cline’s having a high-score contest for ‘Phaëton,’ the fictional game from his novel Armada, and announcing it with this totally radical “commercial.”

Source: Armada Novel Gets High-Score Contest, Totally 80s Video

How Barnes & Noble stole the first e-book I ever bought

Another reminder, y’all, that the digital media you “purchase” is never actually purchased.

Sit right back and I’ll tell a tale—a tale of a fateful e-book.

Source: How Barnes & Noble stole the first e-book I ever bought – TeleRead News: E-books, publishing, tech and beyond

The Fascinating Evolution of the Surfboard

Excerpts from Jim Heimann’s Surfing, a new book from Taschen that chronicles “the sport of kings” in vivid detail.

Source: The Fascinating Evolution of the Surfboard | WIRED

John Steinbeck on The Arthurian Legend

I think my sense of right and wrong, my feeling of noblesse oblige, and any thought I may have against the oppressor and for the oppressed came from [Le Morte d’Arthur]….It did not seem strange to me that Uther Pendragon wanted the wife of his vassal and took her by trickery. I was not frightened to find that there were evil knights, as well as noble ones. In my own town there were men who wore the clothes of virtue whom I knew to be bad….If I could not choose my way at the crossroads of love and loyalty, neither could Lancelot. I could understand the darkness of Mordred because he was in me too; and there was some Galahad in me, but perhaps not enough. The Grail feeling was there, however, deep-planted, and perhaps always will be.

John Steinbeck