So you like ebooks, Kindle, Stephen King, and Amazon, and little else, huh?

Apr 7, 2009 by

In this new incarnation of Bookbabble (those who missed the boat, you can catch up here), I decided to add a tag cloud widget to the site, just to add a little snazziness.  Looking at the cloud at this present time, however, is getting me a little worried.

If you only go by the tag cloud now, it would seem to those who just tuned in to Bookbabble that we don’t do much but talk about ebooks, Kindle, love Stephen King and probably advocate Amazon as the be-all-end-all book retailer (this last part is probably true, since I’m using their affiliate code for all our book links). 

It’s a good thing Joyce is quite prominent now, not because we want to appear ‘serious’ or hoping having Joyce there lends us some credibility, but just to help convey the sort of diversity we’re really seeing from our discussions.  I suppose the loss of our old posts tended to skew the distribution a little.

I’m just saying…!

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Commentary on the Mumbai Attacks by Arundhati Roy and Salman Rushdie

Apr 3, 2009 by

A lot has been said about the tragic Dec 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai India.  It has been covered by the various news channels from around the world in infinitely more detail than a humble podcast can possibly muster. 

However, in our last show Gem mentioned a commentary made by Booker Prize winning author Arundhati Roy in the Guardian on the attacks, who summed it up as:

The only way to contain (it would be naïve to say end) terrorism is to look at the monster in the mirror. We’re standing at a fork in the road. One sign says Justice, the other Civil War. There’s no third sign and there’s no going back. Choose.

 

Mr Rushdie begged to differ, and responded in this video:

 

This isn’t new by a longshot, but something about publicly debated literati fisticuffs appeal to me.

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Kim Stanley Robinson talking about Climate Change

Mar 28, 2009 by

Kim Stanley Robinson, the Hugo and Nebula award winning author has written an interesting call-to-action piece on climate change on McKinsey’s What Matters (I hadn’t known McKinsey had such a site!  What a find!).

I had a discussion some time back triggered by one of Mr Robinson’s book.  On that occasion, I asked what types of important sociological discussions that can be triggered by fiction, and if it can affect the views of the people who are not seriously researching the issues.  I took as an example Robinson’s Forty Signs of Rain, which extrapolates the effects of global warming on the world, versus Michael Crichton’s State of Fear, which famously argues the lack of irrefutable proof that global warming actually exists.

The discussion thread which was in a book forum had already been wiped out due to a server crash (sound familiar?).

So anyway, check out the article by Robinson (and if you’re interested in this kind of things, check out What Matters itself).

What a drawn out tangent, huh? 🙂

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