- Ron points out this added bit of business on the Word of the Year, by "dictionary evangelist" Erin McKean, who gives us a few choice phrases to add to our repertoire.
- A fine appreciation of Aphra Behn in the Guardian. (via Booksquare)
- And finally, The National Book Award Winners were announced:
* Fiction: Denis Johnson, Tree of Smoke
* Nonfiction: Tim Weiner, Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA
* Young People’s Literature: Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
* Poetry: Robert Hass, Time and Materials