Sopranos: seven minutes, six seasons

Link: The Sopranos video.

I have never watched The Sopranos, but I know from my "DVD boxed set" post that they come highly recommended, and I also know from looking on Amazon that there have been rather too many seasons to try to catch up now and remain solvent.

Help is at hand. The link above, from the Open Culture blog, features "all six seasons of the Sopranos recapped in a seven-minute video". I haven’t watched it (who has seven minutes to spare? Not me), so can’t offer any comment on it — but Douglas Adams would have approved, I’m sure.

Britannica sums up blogosphere X

Here is one of those "the blogosphere is ten years old" articles: The Blogosphere at Ten – Britannica Blog. It’s a tad cynical, and misses out completely on some of the benefits of blogging: the psychological upside in terms of self-expression, the social aspects of "meeting" like-minded people that one otherwise could not, and so on; but basically a realistic analysis, I think. It does end on an upbeat note:

But others may actually make a contribution to what this crew of encyclopedists calls the great conversation. We live and breathe to bring the views and learning of experts to the world, but that does not mean that the discourse cannot include voices that have not been heard before. Far from it. When you find them, I pray you, please throw some hyperlinks this way—even at the risk of subverting hierarchy.

(Another Britannica blogger, Andrew Keen, has a far more negative view, here.)

Maeve Binchy

Link: Take Off Your Running Shoes: Maeve Binchy.

I love Maeve Binchy’s books. And now I love her, too. Just read the link above. Binchy is one of the very top bestselling international authors. She doesn’t need to do things like this. But she does. What a marvellous woman: this is, to me, what "the sisterhood" is all about.

Competition of twelve words

Quick, there is a great competition over at BRIAN SIBLEY : my blog: BROUGHT TO BOOK.

How would you pitch a well-known book that is, as yet, unknown? The challenge is to "in JUST TWELVE WORDS or less to outline the content and make it so irresistible that the publisher couldn’t pass up the chance to snap it up.
The Lord of the Rings or The Lord of the Flies, Gibbon’s Decline and Fall or Waugh’s Decline and Fall
The choice is yours. Not more than FOUR submissions per blog-reader and the wittier the better!"

Head on over….