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worth hearing • from NPR a review of Jane Smiley’s latest book, Ten Days in the Hills, is a post Iraq variation on Boccaccio’s Decameron.

something new • from the Chicago Tribune a review of The Annotated Cat: Under the Hats of Seuss and His Cats a new book by Seuss scholar Philip Nel

oh puhleese • the AMA whom I don’t normally think of as busy body extremists want to retroactively rate old movies with ‘R’ because they depict people smoking. Why stop there? why don’t they just digitally remove them? why stop there? there are plenty of unpc things we can Photoshop out of the picture. BTW did I step through a Wonderland mirror somewhere along the way? When did it become open season on rewriting history?

Aria with Minox 35GL


Aria with Minox 35GL
Originally uploaded by molly1216.

I got my 1st test roll back. I had sent the minox to get repaired and it did very well for the indoor shots….as long as the subjects weren’t moving.
Minox 35GL, Kodak C-41 black and white, with flash, slightly darkened in photoshop.

National Radio Day

birthdays •
1890 –
H. P. Lovecraft, American writer (d. 1937)
1918 – Jacqueline Susann, American novelist (d. 1974)

readables –
Chicago Tribune’s Mary Schmich- ” Lending a book unsolicited is different from merely recommending it. A book loan can be an act of aggression posing as goodwill. . . . .”

Mark Hare columnist for the Democrat and Chronicle – “Since my last vacation a year ago, the stack of books has grown tall on the table next to my recliner. I think I have discovered thus the real purpose to vacation — freeing up space on the table next to the recliner. . . “

worth reading • from the Boston Globe, David Mehegan gives us a great feature on what’s in a name when it comes to peddling books.

audio • NPR’s Studio 360 gives us a marvelous feature on the still resonating influence of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick.the complete work online.

some new things
Dennis Lythgoe at the Deseret Morning News reviews The Things That Matter: What Seven Classic Novels Have To Say About The Stages Of Life, by Edward Mendelson.

Jim Higgins at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reviews What It Used To Be Like: A Portrait Of My Marriage To Raymond Carver by Maryann Burk Carver.

rehabilitation • This fall, after a $4 million renovation the Carnegie Library in Jeffersonville, KY will be home to the Remnant Trust’s collection of 850 rare documents, including a page of a 1250 Bible and a 1350 edition of the Magna Carta.

event • The annual East Texas Fall Festival of Poetry, sponsored by the Rusk County Poetry Society and the Rose Garden Poetry Society, is scheduled for Oct. 14.

talking head • from the Guardian Sean O’Hagan interviews Joan Didion as she adapts her acclaimed memoir for Broadway, she reflects on a life lived through modern America’s defining moments.

banktoaster • a tutorial on using Photoshop to make ‘panographies’, panoramas made from mulitple images.



NON-BOOK ITEM • A celebrity of the plant world, the Amorphophallus Titanum, or “the corpse flower,” is a rare bloom that’s native to Indonesia and known for the extreme smell that it emits when it opens. Last week at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, “the Titan,” as it’s also sometimes known, bloomed for the first time in New York since 1939. Cultivated from seed for over 10 years, the plant grows at a rate of up to six inches daily in its final days, emits the infamous odor for approximately eight hours, and collapses in a matter of days. Link to video of the plant.

National Escargot Day

1911 – The New York Public Library opened.

1595 – Nomenclator of Leiden University Library appears, the first printed catalog of an institutional library.

op art •Worth1000 has a new Photoshop art contest :

cookies • Stacy Schiff’s Franklin, France, and the Birth of America, an account of the years between the Declaration of Independence and the end of the Revolutionary War when Benjamin Franklin represented the new American republic in Paris, has won the second annual $50,000 George Washington Prize.

fiction & fact • A new species of dinosaur discovered in the US has been named Dracorex hogwartsia, much to the delight of the author J. K. Rowling fans.

silliness •Read It Before Hollywood does” cover parodies.

you can tell which days I actually have to WORK….what is it they say…the faster i work the behinder i get?

audio • NPR covers the boost Flann O’Brien’s novel Third Policeman is getting from it’s appearance on Lost.

something new • NPR interviews Tom Zoellner, his new book The Heartless Stone is about the sometimes-violent path that diamonds take from mine to glass case.

something else • Russian immigrant Gary Shteyngart guests on NPR’s On Point, about his new book “Absurdistan.”

essay worth reading • from WIRED The Myth of Superman by Neil Gaiman & Adam Rogers


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