- Beyond Fear: Thinking Sensibly About Security in an Uncertain World, by Bruce Schneier
- Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, by David Sedaris
- Mind Wide Open: The Brain and the Neuroscience of Everyday Life, by Steven Johnson
- Wigfield: The Can-Do Town That Just May Not, by Amy Sedaris, Paul Dinello and Stephen Colbert
- Copyrights and Copywrongs: The Rise of Intellectual Property and How it Threatens Creativity, by Siva Vaidhyanathan
- Barrel Fever: Stories and Essays, by David Sedaris
A couple of recent site mentions were greatly appreciated, including Beyond Fear author Bruce Schneier linking to Grits right before I left, coincidentally, since I'd already selected his book by then for my trip. Thanks to Schneier and his 2-3,000 readers who came by while I was gone. Plus Wells Dunbar at the Austin Chronicle said some nice things about the blog, too, I was pleased to discover from several sources in my overquota email box, calling Grits "A powerful and well-researched site." Cool.
Back in Austin now to find the Texas Legislature in a second (ugh!) special session. It seems unreal that just a few days ago I could see my breath in the air every morning (not here, folks, I promise you), and still harbored hopes the Lege might have left town when I returned. No such luck, though. That's a good excuse, perhaps, to stay in the air conditioning and blog. To that end, more soon.