We've got a full, full load this weekend, filled with bike rides, new novel pages, and other goodies unfit for publication here. Based on the emails we received, we're also going to fiddle a bit with categories and hope the have something in the week(s) ahead. Speaking of categories, it's probably worth noting a TEV change here and now. As some of you are aware, we are training for a big bike race in November. Sunday is our big training day with long rides in the morning (45-65 miles right now) followed by a 90-minute spin in the late afternoon. Try as we might, we just can't get the LATBR Thumbnail wrapped in time for Monday so, until November, the Thumbnail will appear Tuesday mornings. We hope you'll find it worth waiting for but, in truth, it probably isn't. Ok, some goodies before we go:
* Newsday profiles 20-year-old Helen Oyeyemi (The Icarus Girl).
* A Microsoft analyst has taken first place in the infamous Bulwer-Lytton bad writing contest - and it's not for lousy operating system code.
* TLS on Harry Potter ... too good to pass up.
* Book groups for boys ... with the bar kept low.
* Had it with Amazon? Want to do some good with your book buying dollars? Check out booksxyz, an online bookseller that uses all of their profits to support education - with 5% of each purchase going to the school of your choice.
* And finally, Adam Phillips gives John Banville's The Sea a thoughtful rave in the London Review of Books. It's for subscribers only online but it's very much a reflection of the book we feel we read, so we, ahem, include ... lots of it ... after the jump.