“It’s easy to see the faults in people I know; it’s hardest to see the good. Especially when the good isn’t there.”
1884 – Will Cuppy, American humorist (d. 1949)
1924 – Ephraim Kishon, Israeli writer (d. 2005)
1943 – Nelson DeMille, American novelist
worth reading • AP has a piece on Ray Bradbury’s 86th birthday.
accumulating friends • In its never ending quest to bring all web apps to all people, Google is again beta testing its Myspace clone called Orkut. I have never understood the appeal of Myspace to begin with – but hell, I’ll try anything as long as it’s free. Send me an email and I will add you to it.
event • The 8th Annual Santa Barbara Book & Author Festival will honor acclaimed author Robert Crais with Ross MacDonald Award Sept 30.
store bought cookies • Borders and Reed Business have opened up the bidding . . . I mean VOTING in their pet project to promote the public purchase of publications, the Quill Awards. Vote early and vote often.
talking head • Reuters has an interview with Trainspottingauthor Irvine Welsh whose latest book is another tale of vicious characters made worse by alcohol and drugs but the bad boy of Scottish literature says his own wild days are over.
on the mend • Critically ill Egyptian Nobel Literature Prize laureate Naguib Mahfouz was on his way to a recovery.
outstanding • The British Library has acquired the archive of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s extended family, a mass of papers and bound volumes dating from the middle of the 18th century to the beginning of the 20th.