calendar • 1791 – The first issue of The Observer, the world’s first Sunday newspaper, is published.
1795 – Thomas Carlyle, British writer and historian (d. 1881)
1835 – Samuel Butler, British novelist (d. 1902)
1875 – Rainer Maria Rilke, Austrian poet (d. 1926)
1903 – Cornell Woolrich, American writer (d. 1968)
worth hearing • NPR’s Nora Raum is having a Lynne Truss moment fretting about how English Is Misused, Abused and Poorly Punctuated.
happy happy joy joy • Joy of Cooking is having its 75th birthday, NPR has a round table of table talk about this handy cook book.
worth reading • the Guardian’s Robert McCrum – tosses his 2 cents in the ring regarding the plagarism police with his piece – Warning: the words you are about to read may be stolen. yes I know I mixed my metaphors there, but I meant to do that.
something new • NPR interviews Kitty Burns Florey who explores a lost art in Sister Bernadette’s Barking Dog: The Quirky History and Lost Art of Diagramming Sentences. I used to kick ass at this . . . but that was back in the dark ages, when I got beaten by nuns if I wrote badly. Not like now. 8)
bookseller blogs • Antiquarian bookseller Michael Lieberman’s Bookpatrol blog has been offered a place at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Way to go Michael.
worth getting • just figured I’d share what I have been listening to – The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir by Bill Bryson. I BUY very few audio-books, not a lot of them are worth a revisit, but Bryson’s ARE – his deadpan delivery is hysterical, I don’t even bother buying his books in text form. The man is a grade-A raconteur, a la Alexander King and Jack Douglas. Well worth a listen.
banktoaster • Hugh Hollowell has found and reprinted the AB Bookman’s Weekly book grading scale. My advice is to print it and pin it up, I may do just that as my copy from 28 years ago is now all curled, brown and faded.