I wandered over to 42opus recently (yes, I admit it--I went to log in and check on the status of three poems I submitted in December) and found Jack London's "To Build a Fire" posted there. I hadn't read that story for several years, and I have to say that reading it in the midst of a cold snap here helps restore perspective (I won't be complaining about the weather anytime soon).
Lucette Lagnado has won the $100,000 2008 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature. I've been meaning to read her prizewinning memoir, The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit: My Family's Exodus from Old Cairo to the New World. Now I know I have to.
Lagnado likely won't feel the pinch of the latest news from the United States Postal Service. That's right, folks: We've got another postal rate increase to look forward to! (Wasn't it just the other day that the cost of a first-class stamp went up to $.41?) Stock up on those "Forever" stamps while you can. The new rates take effect on May 12.