crumbly cookie • the winner of the 2006 Bulwer-Lytton Contest is . . . Jim Guilgi of Carmichael CA.

1859 – A Tale Of Two Cities by Charles Dickens is published.

1960 – To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is first published.

1937 – Dylan Thomas marries Caitlin Macnamara

birthday boys •
1899 – E. B. White, American writer (d. 1985)
1913 – Cordwainer Smith, American writer (d. 1966)
1930 – Harold Bloom, American literary critic

cookies • Robert Minhinnick author of Nuclear, has won the £10,000 Wales Book of the Year award

banktoaster • didjaver try to email a large file over and over and get nowhere? yeah me too. A friend of mine showed me this which lets you upload large files and sends notification emails to the recipient with the files location. From what I can see it’s free as long as you don’t want the premier service.

monster mash • Grendel, a new opera based on the novel by John Gardner opens in New York Tuesday night. The show tells the classic medieval tale of Beowulf, but from the monster’s perspective.

in mourning • the San Francisco chronicle attends the wake of Cody’s Books.

super shopping • A 383-year-old First Folio edition of a text containing a number of Shakespeare’s plays is being auctioned off at Sotheby’s in London.

I think Clerihew Day was this week. ” The clerihew is a four-line poem with a rhyming scheme of AABB. The first line traditionally is, or ends in, a person’s name; the meter is often mangled, if not ignored altogether; and the overall intent of the poem stresses entertainment over instruction, humor over fact. The term “clerihew” comes from Edmund Clerihew Bentley, who wrote the first known clerihew as a schoolboy.”

Father Brown
Gained wide renown.
Not for prayerbooks or hyminals,
But for collaring criminals.

How to write a clerihew at giggle poetry.

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