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Underworld 4: New Dawn starts filming in Vancouver in March. Kate Beckinsale's back (yeah, Selene), but there doesn't seem to be a mention of Scott Speedman (disappointing). Okay, I loved the first movie, hated the second, and liked the third in the series. The first movie is so much better than anything Twilight-related, so why, why, why did they feel the need to go with a Twilight-inspired title for the fourth movie? I'm already pretty sure I'm not going to care for this fourth movie. Sigh.

Any other Underworld fans out there?

Great defense of English public libraries, in even more dire straits than their American counterparts, in a speech by author Philip Pullman, as printed here.

In part:

Nor do I think we should respond to the fatuous idea that libraries can stay open if they’re staffed by volunteers. What patronising nonsense. Does he think the job of a librarian is so simple, so empty of content, that anyone can step up and do it for a thank-you and a cup of tea? Does he think that all a librarian does is to tidy the shelves? And who are these volunteers? Who are these people whose lives are so empty, whose time spreads out in front of them like the limitless steppes of central Asia, who have no families to look after, no jobs to do, no responsibilities of any sort, and yet are so wealthy that they can commit hours of their time every week to working for nothing?

I think I just found my latest literary crush!

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