birthday boy • at 74 Cheeta is the oldest known chimpanzee.
mitzvah • collection of 200 rare ‘Dracula’ related items to be given to the Dublin Ciity Library by the Bram Stoker Society.
events • the first Saturday of every other month nets a tidy sum for the Boston Public Library.
inside view • interesting profile of Wendy Strothman who left Houghton Mifflin to become a literary agent.
bookship • on 12 April, the MV Doulos will dock at Chennai harbour, India.
essay • Twin Cities novelists use coffee shops as their personal literary salons.
taking head • playwright Declan Hughes talks about the Dublin underworld in his new novel.
thanks to all those who have stuck by me, and continue to visit the bullpen this week. i have most of my voice back and can breathe pretty well, but i still feel like i have been stuck by a mack truck doing 95 in the ouside lane or perhaps i only wish i felt that good.