Cybils nominees announced! (Because I have been too busy to breathe lately, I didn’t get over to make nominations, but am very, very happy to see all the books I’d have nominated on the lists anyway. This year’s first-round judges have a tough time ahead.)
Geoff Ryman spends the week at Omnivoracious. Much as I love Geoff and his writing, I must disagree with the view that: "Self-expression is art, but self-promotion is an agenda that curdles art into advertising. The blog becomes an online publicity, the comments a way to draw attention, marking territory." I’m not saying this isn’t true, but I think it’s wrong as a sweeping generalization. The best blogs simply aren’t about online publicity. At least, not primarly and not the ones I read. But then, I believe that the best blogs function largely as part of an elaborate gift economy, with any benefits coming because they aren’t the endgame. Because the endgame is just to share stuff. Still, it’s guaranteed to be a provocative week, and you should all run out and buy The King’s Last Song.