The Weekend Miscellany is back this week. Since it’s been four months or so since the last time we did this, I’m going heavy on the content. These picks–including 100 Wikipedia articles and The Millions’ comprehensive guide to the best books coming out in the second half of 2013, among others–should keep you busy all weekend.
- The Great Second Half Book Preview, by the staff of the excellent book blog The Millions. Great indeed. This huge list, which has been out for a while now, is broken down by month and covers everything you need to know about books coming out in the second half of 2013. I’m personally looking forward to Thomas Pynchon‘s Bleeding Edge (September) and Nicholson Baker‘s Traveling Sprinkler (also September). But as much as I’m anticipating both of those, I really can’t wait for the reissue of Sergio de la Pava‘s Personae (October) — de la Pava’s A Naked Singularity is one of the best books I’ve read in a long, long time, so this should be a great one.
- Copybot‘s 50 Most Interesting Articles on Wikipedia, and its follow-up, 50 More of Wikipedia’s Most Interesting Articles. The title pretty much speaks for itself. These two lists pull together some crazy Wikipedia articles about historical events, people, and ideas you probably didn’t know existed. This has taken up many hours of my past few weeks.
- LostLetterman.com‘s grades for 2013’s new college football uniforms. I have some beef with some of the grades (I’d give Buffalo an F and WVU’s new all whites an A+), but it’s a great place to see all the changes to expect for the upcoming season. Let’s just hope we don’t see Charlie Weis in the Kansas powder blue alternates, so help us God.
- Finally, in case you missed it yesterday, check out Vincent Kwan’s great post about Nate Silver’s move to ESPN. It’s the post that helped this blog rise from the ashes in style.