I plan to finish Michael Chabon's Manhood for Amateurs today and will have my thoughts about it posted later this week. That one has pleasantly surprised me, and I'm enjoying it a whole lot more than anticipated. It's more than a bunch of essays grouped by subject; it's a nice, informal, autobiography written in a format that Chabon masters here.
The Barnes and Noble crowd seemed pretty average today. I did not go down the street to check on what things are like at the nearby Borders store, but the big "sale" does not seem to be much affecting B&N - at least for now. Of course, these bankruptcy sales are generally a ripoff until very near the end, and sometimes even all the way to the end. For instance, Circuit City proved to me that an entire bankruptcy liquidation can go by without any real bargains ever showing up for retail customers.
The silver lining of that black cloud is that I'll probably have more reading time now that we don't have a major league team. I'll have the radio broadcasts on in the background but I'm done going to the ballpark until ownership puts a real team in it again.