birthdays • 1902 – Ogden Nash, American poet (d. 1971)
The truth I do not stretch or shove
When I state that the dog is full of love.
I’ve also found, by actual test,
A wet dog is the lovingest.
event • Western author Elmer Kelton of San Angelo is among Texas writers who will be participating in the sixth annual West Texas Book and Music Festival Sept. 19-23 in Abilene.
mitzvah • rare books dealer William Reese donating $100K to restore Yale’s map collection.
something new • from NPR a piece on the Magician and the Cardsharp. Author Karl Johnson documents Vernon’s quest to find the one man who was able to perform the holy grail of card tricks — the so-called “center deal,” dealing a specific card from anywhere in the deck, undetected.
audio • From NPR’s Fresh Air – Biographer Michael Juergs talks about the admission of Nobel prize-winner novelist Gunter Grass that he served in the Waffen SS during World War II.
naughty • former chairman of the board of J. Paul Getty Trust, David Gardner has returned nearly $100,000 of the money he was paid to write a coffee-table book on the history of the arts institution after he left the board in 2004 but never produced.
incredibly naughty • Thieves steal books from a library display of stolen and damaged books.
slow news • from the Guardian – a document uncovered by Spanish historians claims Christopher Columbus, was a greedy and vindictive tyrant who saved some of his most violent punishments for his own followers.
event calendar – August 19