“I am but mad north-north-west; when the wind is southerly, I know a hawk from a handsaw.” – William Shakespeare
“Did i wake up in an alternate universe?” That’s a little question I ask myself almost every damn day. Today I found out that Henry Rollins, your average loudmouth, ex-rocker, talk show host cum whatever…was reading Ahmed Rashid’s Jihad: The Rise of Militant Islam in Central Asia on a plane to Brisbane, and the guy next to him phone up the Aussie version of Homeland security and reported him. Hence he was classified as a ‘person of interest’ – Now no one in this room is that naïve, let’s say 50% of this incident is exaggeration, paranoia and just plain showboating, but somewhere in that story a book was involved and someone didn’t like it being read. What is up with that? This new world order is SOO getting out of hand.
saving face – a death mask found in a junk store 163 years ago may be Shakespeare’s puss which would make it REALLY old.
packrats – the Royal Society wants back a 17th-century manuscript worth £1 million which until recently was being stored in the bottom of a cupboard by a Hampshire couple who claimed to have inherited it.
very naughy – Potty Time with Elmo is being recalled, the recording is saying something completely inappropriate for the situation at hand.
obits worth reading – Theodore Draper 93, freelance historian.
carrying charges – Hungary finally got their books back.
mixed media – Lawrence Block is adapting one of his novels for long time fan actor Tony Leung.
deadhorses – ok, now this is overkill, frey sued left and right for abuse of literary license. this will not end well.
banktoaster – John Updike short story “My Father’s Tears” online @ the New Yorker
“Cudgel thy brains no more about it.” – William Shakespeare