Still catching up — but back to normalish tomorrow. Speaking of picture books, which we weren’t, Christopher and I both greatly enjoyed Bret Bertholf’sThe Long Gone Lonesome History of Country Music. The art’s perfectly suited to the topic and the writing is snappy; puzzling out who’s who is fun and you can even get your own country music nickname. Yeehaw. Unrelatedly, I also finally got around to The Dairy Queen sequel, The Off Season, and yep, it surpasses the orginal in pretty much every way and that’s saying something. Um, and one last thing: It’s LBC-a-palooza time again. Megan announced the news of Read This! pick Matthew Sharpe’s Jamestown today. I’ll be posting about Nicola Griffith‘s Always tomorrow and we’ll be discussing it starting next Monday. And that "we" definitely includes you, assuming you’ve read the book and/or have something to say about it or about Nicola’s work in general — just e-mail me or drop a comment if you want to participate; posting at your own site highly encouraged, but please point me to it so I can link from here and the LBC site. It’ll be fun. Big things planned, etcetera. Now to linksies.