This is just a quick short note about a couple of good things. The first thing is a follow-up to my recent post on censorship by banks. Paypal has backed down and Smashwords has returned to the pre-February 24th ToS. You can read all about it in this post on the Smashwords blog (which includes links to updates on the imbroglio as it unfolded).
The second thing is that I’d like to recommend a book: March Was Made of Yarn: Reflections on the Japanese Earthquake, Tsunami, and Nuclear Meltdown which is a collection of stories and poems about or inspired by the disaster in Japan a year ago. (Sunday was the one year anniversary.) I saw a post about the book on Haruki Murakami’s Facebook page, though disappointingly, he’s not one of the authors in this post-disaster collection by Japanese authors. If you like Murakami (as I do) you’ll probably like this collection. The book is too short at 158 pgs but it’s good and benefits (via various charities) ongoing relief efforts in Japan.