1896 – F. Scott Fitzgerald, American novelist (d. 1940)
1897 – William Faulkner, American writer, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1962)
1930 – Shel Silverstein, American humorist and author (d. 1999)
banktoaster • with Phonespell you can find a clever mnemoic to advertise yourself.
bank steak knives • O’Reilly has introduced CodeSearch, where you can search all the sample code from 700 O’Reilly books. The database currently contains over 123,000 individual examples, composed of 2.6 million lines of code — all edited and ready to use.
something new • Nicholas Basbanes gives us more than we bargained for about the historical novel in a review of Robert Harris’s ‘Imperium: A Novel of Ancient Rome’. via critical mass.
i’m back – i ran out and did the obligatory booksellers errands – bank, post office, print shop.
something old • from Foster’s Daily Democrat Online – Grace Metalious is remembered by her Gilmanton, NH neighbors on the 50th anniversary of Peyton Place.
something else • I finally published the 2nd edition of Unbound my book on book repair for booksellers – it’s not really NEW – just cleaned up with a new frock on.
site worth seeing • the Smithsonian Library and Archival Exhibitions on the Web. This search engine lets you search over 3000 online exhibitions – try subject searches like bookbinding, history of the book, book arts, etc. and you’ll find all kinds of goodies. (via the bkarts list)
talking head • Jasper Rees interviews Julian Barnes author of ‘Arthur and George’.
event • The 11th annual Baltimore Book Festival will be held September 29 – October 1. Considered to be the mid-Atlantic region’s premier celebration of the literary arts, the event will take place in and around Baltimore’s historic Mount Vernon Place. The event is free and open to the public.
strange bedfellows • it seems whetehr he likes it or not Noam Chomsky has acquired Hugo Chavez as a publicist. are we sure that Chavez is wrong? I mean how do we know Dubya ISN’T the devil?