Book Thread

I just finished reading Stephen King’s latest behemoth, Under the Dome…. And by reading I mean listening to the audio book. And by listening I mean growing infuriated with the narrator who gave the lifelong Maine resident and villain a southern drawl and made most of the women characters so unintelligible that it became the first audio book ever to need subtitles.

But the book itself was probably King’s finest work in the last two decades. At least it was until the ending where I think even the narrator stopped screwing up the characters and said, “Wait, where the fuck is he going with this book. IT ENDS LIKE THIS? FUCK NO!”

I just downloaded Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother to my stanza reader but I have nothing on deck that I’m interested in. Crap. Anybody reading anything good at the moment?

April will be Confederate History Month in Virginia

From The Washington Post:

RICHMOND — Gov. Robert F. McDonnell, reviving a controversy that had been dormant for eight years, has declared that April will be Confederate History Month in Virginia, a move that angered civil rights leaders Tuesday but that political observers said would strengthen his position with his conservative base.

The two previous Democratic governors had refused to issue the mostly symbolic proclamation honoring the soldiers who fought for the South in the Civil War. McDonnell (R) revived a practice started by Republican governor George Allen in 1997. McDonnell left out anti-slavery language that Allen’s successor, James S. Gilmore III (R), had included in his proclamation.


Alexander Stephens, Vice President of the Confederacy on what the new government stands for:

Our new Government is founded upon exactly the opposite ideas; its foundations are laid, its cornerstone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery, subordination to the superior race, is his natural and moral condition. [Applause.] This, our new Government, is the first, in the history of the world, based upon this great physical, philosophical, and moral truth.