The Week Begins Anew

by Patrick on May 11, 2009

Does anyone have a good system for reading the internet that doesn’t turn it into a big, imposing hassle come Monday morning?  Every week (and sometimes every morning), my RSS feeds number in the thousands.  I’ve started re-evaluating whether I need to read all of those blogs in RSS or whether I would more enjoy visiting the sites themselves (for instance, I’ve removed the Morning News, as I really enjoy visiting their site instead), but it doesn’t seem to be enough.  Could Twitter replace my RSS reader?  I started trying to implement Farhad Manjoo’s system, but it seems too daunting right now.  Anyway, suggestions would be welcome.  And now, some links:

  • Beatrice has, I think, the first of what will be many, many interviews with Emily St. John Mandel, author of the terrific debut novel Last Night in Montreal.  You’ll be hearing a great deal about this book in the weeks to come, so you should probably just go ahead and read it now.  It’s great.  I recommend it, and you can pre-order it here. And if you’re in New York and you’re not Mercantile Library (17 E 47th St) this Wednesday night at 7 p.m. to hear Emily read, you’re crazy…or, you know, busy.
  • Here’s an apropos of nothing plug for two sites I enjoy but don’t mention all that often:  Three Percent is “a resource for international literature at the University of Rochester.”  It’s also frequently a great read on issues relating, in a more general way, to the book business.  Identity Theory is a “literary website, sort of.”  It features interviews with authors, artists and musicians.  Right now they have interviews with Yiyun Li and Monrovia’s finest, Klum.