National Escargot Day

1911 – The New York Public Library opened.

1595 – Nomenclator of Leiden University Library appears, the first printed catalog of an institutional library.

op art •Worth1000 has a new Photoshop art contest :

cookies • Stacy Schiff’s Franklin, France, and the Birth of America, an account of the years between the Declaration of Independence and the end of the Revolutionary War when Benjamin Franklin represented the new American republic in Paris, has won the second annual $50,000 George Washington Prize.

fiction & fact • A new species of dinosaur discovered in the US has been named Dracorex hogwartsia, much to the delight of the author J. K. Rowling fans.

silliness •Read It Before Hollywood does” cover parodies.

you can tell which days I actually have to WORK….what is it they say…the faster i work the behinder i get?

audio • NPR covers the boost Flann O’Brien’s novel Third Policeman is getting from it’s appearance on Lost.

something new • NPR interviews Tom Zoellner, his new book The Heartless Stone is about the sometimes-violent path that diamonds take from mine to glass case.

something else • Russian immigrant Gary Shteyngart guests on NPR’s On Point, about his new book “Absurdistan.”

essay worth reading • from WIRED The Myth of Superman by Neil Gaiman & Adam Rogers

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