Stepping out (and about)

This Saturday, I’ll be the best man at my younger brother’s wedding. I do the honors with no small amount of pride and joy, but my duties—including, ahem, a toast that I’ve barely started writing—preclude any work on the blog this week. Next week, I’ll be recovering and working on a book review (for pay! For an honest-to-God publication! More details to come later.). So, you won’t see much of me then, either.

Here are a few items to tide you over.

Online annotated books are a boon at their best, providing context and clarifying allusions, linguistic quirks, and once-current historical references in an easy-to-read interface. A few years ago, I found Samuel Pepys’s diary, but failed to link to it. The brilliant, essential Maud Newton has uncovered the annotated Moby-Dick, which reminded me of Pepys. Both are well-designed. Both are worth reading. Now, can anyone get on Middlemarch?

Christoph Niemann draws a great comic about his sons’ love of the New York subway system.

As always, head left to peruse the blogroll. I’ll be back, eventually.

About Walter Biggins

Walter Biggins is a writer based in Athens, GA. His work has been published in, Bookslut, The Comics Journal, Salon, The Baseball Chronicle, Jackson Free Press, and Valley Voices: A Literary Review. Follow him on Twitter (@walter_biggins), and check out his bimonthly newsletter (
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