Anyhow, a great book - and most definitely deserving of award bestowal. More on this collection when the Notable list takes shape.
Also at the NBA party, Ursula K. le Guin received a well-deserved medal from the National Book Award foundation for her "Distinguished Contribution to American Letters." During her speech, she had this badass thing to say:
Books aren’t just commodities; the profit motive is often in conflict with the aims of art. We live in capitalism, its power seems inescapable – but then, so did the divine right of kings. Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings. Resistance and change often begin in art. Very often in our art, the art of words. I’ve had a long career as a writer, and a good one, in good company. Here at the end of it, I don’t want to watch American literature get sold down the river. We who live by writing and publishing want and should demand our fair share of the proceeds; but the name of our beautiful reward isn’t profit. Its name is freedom.Ursula, I bow down at your feet, madam.
So, it's looking like the "Year of Reading" experiment is sort of at an end here, if I'm completely honest with myself. The Notable list is peeking over the horizon, so any and all energy I devote to the Catapult at this point in the year will be towards that. I'm sure you understand. The list should be up within a fortnight.