Notes from the blogroll

October 15, 2009
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Some interesting stories popping up through our blogroll links.

-- In Boston, artists are being hired to combat graffiti. Read about the PaintBox program here.

-- F. Murray Abraham, who helped the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra kick off its season just a few weeks ago, will be part of a familiar-face production of "A Christmas Carol" in Chicago this season. Joining him will be James Garner, Wayne Knight and George Wendt. More info here.

-- The National Book Award finalists were announced yesterday. I have to admit, I'm zero for ten. Have any of you read:

Fiction

Bonnie Jo Campbell's "American Salvage" (Wayne State University Press)

Colum McCann's "Let the Great World Spin" (Random House)

Daniyal Mueenuddin's "In Other Rooms, Other Wonders" (W.W. Norton & Co.)

Marcel Theroux's "Far North" (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

Jayne Anne Phillips's "Lark and Termite" (Alfred A. Knopf).

Nonfiction

David M. Carroll's "Following the Water: A Hydromancer's Notebook" (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Sean B. Carroll, "Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origins of Species (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Adrienne Mayor, "The Poison King: The Life and Legend of Mithradates, Rome's Deadliest Enemy" (Princeton University Press)

T.J. Stiles, "The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt" (Alfred A. Knopf)

Greg Grandin, "Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City" (Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt)

I won't even mention the poetry and young adult books. You can find a complete list here.

Your thoughts on any of the above?

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  2. Uh, no GeorgeP. The project is supposed to bring on 1,000 jobs and those people along with the people that will be living in the new residential will be driving to their jobs. The walkable stuff is a pipe dream. Besides, walkable is defined as having all daily necessities within 1/2 mile. That's not the case here. Never will be.

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