You didn’t think a Monday could pass without some good stuff happening on the internet, did you? Today, we have an eclectic mix of the good, the bad and the incredibly strange from around the web. Dig in:
- Paste Magazine is running a whole bunch of best-of lists for the past decade, including Best Memes, Best Comedians (No Louis CK? Inconceivable), and Best American Breweries. Here is their list of the 20 best books. What do you think? No Michael Pollan? Sacrilege. Still, while I don’t personally agree with some (many) of the choices, I give them credit for trying to distill all of the books — fiction and non-fiction alike — into one twenty book list. What this selection of lists proves is that the fastest way to piss someone off on the internet is to make a list. (via Kottke)
- You may not have heard (yeah, right) but Sarah Palin’s book Going Rogue goes rogue all over the US tomorrow. She was on Oprah today, and both The Awl and The Washington Post had some entertaining running commentary. Additionally, Slate explains why Ms. Palin is tearing apart the Republican Party. The Second Pass opines that the cover of the book looks more like an Old Navy ad than a book cover. Doncha know.
- And finally, Xiaoda Xiao, whose book The Cave Man will be published in December, writes about his experience in a Chinese forced labor prison at The Huffington Post. His crime? Accidentally tearing a poster of Mao. Suddenly, Sarah Palin seems so much more tolerable.