1792 – Farmer’s Almanac 1st published
1921 – Nathanael West, having been admitted by falsifying his high school transcripts, flunks out of Tufts.
1952 – Agatha Christie’s murder-mystery play The Mousetrap opens at the Ambassadors Theatre in London and eventually becomes the longest continuously-running play in history – and it’s still playing.
1970 – Yukio Mishima commits ritualistic suicide after failing to sway public opinion toward his extreme political beliefs.
birthday • 1926 – Poul Anderson, American writer (d. 2001)
naughty naughty • Another embedded book thief has been discovered to have been looting Germany’s University of Erlangen’s treasures for two decades. He and the bookseller/fence will no doubtfully get off with a minor bitch slap as have all the other book thieves prosecuted recently all over the globe.
proof puddin • Scott Pack has a nice rant about Publisher’s Proofs on his Me and My Big Mouth blog. (via Clive Keebler)
site to see • The G. Robert Vincent Voice Library is a collection of over 40,000 hours of
spoken word recordings, dating back to 1888. The collection includes the voices
of over 100,000 persons from all walks of life. (via Win Schaeffer)
worth watching • If’n Books & Marks bindery in Pawtuckett, RI has this super nifty deluxe video making the rounds of the net. Far be it for me not to jump on the bandwagon.
voyeurism • a sneak peek at in 360º I feel a whole lot better about my own office now. (via t
blog of note • Hugh Hollowell and his little blog that could, has been cranking out some very useful and informative essays for the entrepreneurial bookseller.
bit of fluff • the Guardian has a quiz to celebrate the Great American Novel.
something new • from Powells.com a review of New Directions publisher James Laughlin’s The Way It Wasn’t: From the Files of James Laughlin