The smart money's on Governing Lethal Behaviour in Autonomous Robots: The highly anticipated longlist for the 2010 oddest book title prize (a contest conceived in 1978 on "a particularly dull day at the Frankfurt book fair") has been announced. Sleeper pick: Schoolgirl Milky Crisis.
Maybe they're trying to make it even more prestigious: The West Australian Government drops its $110,000(A) Australia-Asia Literary Award after one year. (via the Literary Saloon)
Recalling an era of savage readers: The Millions traces the origins and ponders the future of the deckle edge:
The deckle edge dates back to a time when you used to need a knife to read a book. Those rough edges simulate the look of pages that have been sliced open by the reader. The printing happened on large sheets of paper which were then folded into rectangles the size of the finished pages and bound. The reader then sliced open the folds.
Moving & shaking: Fire Underground: The Ongoing Tragedy of the Centralia Mine Fire, David DeKok's account of a subterranean fire that transformed a Pennsylvania community into a ghost town, rises to #1 on our Movers & Shakers list this morning.