Furinalia the Roman festival in honour of Furina, the goddess of robbers

spent all day yesterday playing with our new minidv camcorder, which now has a battery which will hold a charge. it’s not top of the line, but will hopefully give us a sharper image than the crackerjack prize, which i will still keep around as a safety. so please feel free to make suggestions about which book repairs you would like to see filmed.

1897 – Writer Jack London sails to join the Klondike Gold Rush where he will write his first successful stories.

1905 – Elias Canetti, Bulgarian-born writer, Nobel Prize Laureate (d. 1994)

audio • from NPR More than a dozen states are considering laws that would restrict price increases for college textbooks. With many books now costing more than $100, college students and their families are facing huge bills on top of tuition costs. I’d like to SEE that happen it will probably force the publishers into some type of POD or digital form of textbook.

worth reading • small clever commentary on thesimon.com about formulaic possessive book titles: .The Editor’s Oversight.

penny care • Yahoo is running Bookfinder.com’s announcement explaining the BF’s decision to display all prices as postpaid. Hoping that by comparing total prices, rather than base prices, the search engine can save buyers up to 45%. Hey, i’ll try anything once. But then I usually just lift the info and try to deal directly with the vendor.

essay • from the Boston Globe a piece about Yevgeny Zamyatin’s We, which is seeing its Modern Library debut.

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