Mischief Night

birthdays •
1751 – Richard Sheridan, Irish playwright born
1821 – Fyodor Dostoevsky, Russian writer born
1871 – Paul Valery, French poet born
1885 – Ezra Pound, American poet born
1937 – Rudolfo Anaya, American author born.

events •
1763 – The Marquis de Sade is imprisoned for excesses committed in a brothel. isn’t that the PLACE for excesses?
1811 – Sense & Sensibility, By a Lady (Jane Austen) published by Thomas Edgerton. Jane uses small pieces of paper that can easily be slipped under a blotter in the family drawing room if a visitor arrives, she takes special pains to hide the fact that her first novel is in print.
1938 – Orson Welles broadcasts his radio play of H. G. Wells’s The War of the Worlds, causing a nationwide panic.

banktoaster • The Mercury Theater did a LOT more broadcasts than War of the Worlds, and most of them are available for free downloading.

news you can use • WaPo has a useful article on web browser upgrades, including the IE 7 upgrade by force.

the baby or the bathwater • to raise money to guarantee the long-term future of its museum. Scholars around the world fear the sale of the papyri, which date back to the 2nd century, could precipitate the break-up of a unique collection of around 50 texts.

banktoaster • Google is offering free downloads of Halloween appropriate works by, Hawthorn, Poe, Shelley, Stoker and all the other usual suspects.

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