Julia Goldberg's blog-- Julia is editor of the Santa Fe Reporter--points out a terrific piece (ignore the awful illustration) by Richard Rodriquez about his continuing expectation of the melting of ethnic lines, what he calls Hawaiianization. We have several of his books in the collection, addressing the same themes.
Some while ago Yahoo! announced a beta test of a feature called Yahoo! Mindset, which allows you to set a slider on your search results according to whether you're interested in research or shopping. It doesn't seem to clarify the results wonderfully for the kinds of things we've searched for, but it's certainly a useful direction for the search engine developers to move in... Yahoo! is also developing a service that incorporates subscription content into search results. Searchenginewatch explains something about it and how it works.