While I was offline last weekend a great many things happened in the book world, and when I came back I made a fairly perfunctory effort to catch up with them. And the odd thing was, having taken a very quick scan of the published news stories, I decided that I really didn't need to bother about most of them.
But there were a couple of items which upset my digestion somewhat, and which went further towards convincing me that America, a country that I once regarded as the fount of all things good, is steadily losing its mind.
Bookslut, for instance, reported that novelist Joshilyn Jackson was arrested and jailed because she had her maiden name on her social security card and her married name on her driver's licence.
We also discover that the New York Times declined to print the title of a book called Chess Bitch. Bitch, it seems, is a naughty word. And the Christian Science Monitor won't print Bookslut either; it refers to said blog (when it absolutely has to) as 'book plus a vulgar term for a woman with loose morals'.
As for the rest of the stuff that accumulated in my absence, notably emails, please be patient. I am getting through them as and when.