April 27th, 2010

Fishy Circumstances

Restaurants, mobs, Carnivalesque, mailing lists, ethics

Restaurant Magazine's San Pellegrino-sponsored yearly list of the world's best restaurants is out. Noma (Denmark) pushed down El Bulli and the Fat Duck from the top spot. Alinea, at which I had my best meal of last year, is the US's highest ranked restaurant on the list, at number seven.

Eurovision is doing a "flash mob"-themed interval act. See here if you're free the evening of Saturday, May 8th, in London, and are vaguely interested in taking part.

The East London Line is open again!

gillpolack does this month's Carnivalesque.

The fourth volume in Lisa Shearin's fantasy adventure series is out: Bewitched and Betrayed. I'm on her mailing list, which is why I'm so aware of this, but it reminds me: I noticed recently that *all* of the author-specific mailing/discussion lists I'm on are for female authors. Is it a coincidence or are female authors statistically more likely to have mailing/discussion lists in their honor?

Speaking of mailing lists, the SFPA is having a large ethics debate at the moment, with the hotly-debated suggestion that no one who is nominated for an populist award or has nominated for that year's award should publicly critique the resulting shortlist of nominations. (Specifically, in this case, the Rhyslings.) Surely this self-exclusion doesn't happen for reviewers of full-length fiction. Does it? If you have nominated for, say, the Hugos, have you subsequently, while the voting period was open, avoided discussing the nominated books?