1431 – In Rouen, France, 19-year-old Joan of Arc is burned at the stake by an English-dominated tribunal. – there’s a labor day barbecue joke in there somewhere.
birthday girl • 1901 – Cornelia Otis Skinner, American writer and actress (d. 1979)
- essay • from Forbes Magazine, Paul Jones’s column First editions are not gold – reprinted here without signup.
squeeze play • the British Library decided last year to let the undergraduate masses into the reading rooms, but the past 12 months have witnessed a catastrophic collapse in its working environment. The studied calm of the reading room has given way to a hum of mobile phone ringtones, chit-chat and pubescent histrionics.
closed minds • in case you thought it had stopped condemning people and burning authors on stakes, Opus Dei is still forbidding people from reading things that will curve their spine, grow hair on their palms and let a little light into their craniums.
bank toaster • things you find when you are looking for other things. Here’s a Glossary of terms from the Envelope Manufacturing trade. who knew? I spent the morning trying to find a linen finish envelope with a flat flap – no dice. But I did find these curious things –> Envirotech™ Recycled #10 Natural Brown Envelopes 14 bucks for 500? wish i needed them.
books to buy so you can buy better books • Independent Online Booksellers Association keeps a tidy little list of Reference Works Useful to Booksellers and Collectors, that are worth picking up.