Emma M. Nutt Day, the first woman telephone operator

no sooner do I get my pink slip from the day bookselling job that made my night bookselling job possible – my router has become fickle about letting me access the internet, my left front truck tire is millimeters away from killing me in a fiery crash, my mother’s cleaning lady dropped an air conditioner out a window, (no they don’t explode – they just sort of pop, crash and roll) , and the latest edition of my book repair book has been delayed because the margins didn’t allow for backtrimming. welcome to my aggravatingly mundane life, watch your step.

1752 – The Liberty Bell arrives in Philadelphia. lawsuit still pending.
1897 – The Boston subway opens, becoming the first underground metro in North America.
1942 – A federal judge in Sacramento, Calif., upheld the wartime detention of Japanese-Americans as well as Japanese nationals.
lawsuit still pending.


1875 – Edgar Rice Burroughs, American writer (d. 1950)
1942 – C. J. Cherryh, American writer.

web 2.0 • PC world gives us a comparison of the 17 top sites for online backup storage, considering all the natural and man made disasters occuring every few minutes, this is becoming a must have utility. via Win Schaeffer

event MX • The 20th Guadalajara International Book Fair, Nov 25th-Dec 3rd.

distopia alert • several of Iraq’s leading which they said has turned the centre of Baghdad’s intellectual life into “a street of ghosts”. let’s hope they were remainders.

banktoaster • great images at the New York Public Library searchable image database. via Suzanne Carter, Bookseller

cookies • Joyce Carol Oates Awarded Chicago Tribune Literary Prize and Louise Erdrich, Taylor Branch awarded Heartland Awards

from the trenches • Ben Waxman, a student at Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA. wrote this thumbnail expose for his college paper on why textbook prices are cutting into students overhead.

stalwart alert • Librarian preparedness credited with keeping the ‘challenged-books list’ at all-time low.

obit of note an appreciation of Naguib Mahfouz.

audio • John Updike guests on NPR’s On Point to talk about visual arts and converstion with Africa’s most acclaimed writer and unrelenting dissident, Wole Soyinka.

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