magic dust • Peter Pan copyright holder, the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children objects to Alan Moore’s Lost Girls series, which depicts the character Wendy exploring her sexuality.

obit worth reading • Harriet the 176-year-old giant tortoise believed to have been studied by famed English naturalist Charles Darwin, has died in Australia after a short illness.

1972 –
Watergate Scandal: U.S. President Richard M. Nixon and White House chief of staff H. R. Haldeman are taped talking about using the Central Intelligence Agency to obstruct the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into the Watergate break-ins.

polling place • the Guardian is asking you to email the name and details of your favourite bookshop, plus 100 words on why you love it, to books.editor@guardianunlimited.co.uk. in order to produce a database of independent bookshops compiled by bookworms for bookworms.

birthday girl • 1889 Anna Akhmatova, Russian poet (d. 1966)

birthday boy • 1910 – Jean Anouilh, French dramatist (d. 1987)

blog of note Midtown Books/Downtown Books in Memphis, TN has a very readable blog, and we have added it to our sidebar. enjoy.

event • GA – the Inaugural to be held over Labor Day weekend, September 1-3, 2006.

cool toys • I keep coming back to this site . . . Standupdesk.com these ‘standing desks’ have an awfully familiar feeling for an old bookseller. They look just like the kind found in engravings of old bookstores.

something to see • Roger Ebert reviews the new documentary Wordplay about crossword puzzles and the 28th annual Crossword Tournament.

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