National Hamburger Day

birthday boy • 1912 – Patrick White, Australian writer, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1990)

1863 – American Civil War: The 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, the first African American regiment, leaves Boston, Massachusetts, to fight for the Union.

site worth seeing • Filip de Waard is interested in coaxing other booksellers into blogging so he’s putting together Bibliobox.com which will host bookish weblogs.

banktoaster• our illustrious Poohbah has his tjbible blog to keep us posted about doings south of the border, here’s a site with scans of ‘real’ tijuana bibles.

essay • In the New Atlantis Journal John Derbyshire gives us a piece on Jules Verne: Father of Science Fiction?

banktoaster • Free Download PearBudget Budgeting Excel based template.

audio • Chef Anthony Bourdain gives NPRs Michele Norris the low down on Eating Without Fear.

more audio
from NPR Dracula’s castle in Transylvania is now owned by an architect in New York. Reuters report.

super dooper shopping • Some newly discovered letters go under the hammer next month they reveal that Charlotte Bronte offered to rewrite parts of “Jane Eyre” after a complaint from the headmaster of the school on which she based the infamous Lowood school. A little libel now and then is relished by the wisest men.

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