1799 – is found in the Egyptian village of Rosetta, by French Captain Pierre-François Bouchard.
• 1606 – Rembrandt van Rijn, Dutch guy, liked to paint.
• 1796 – Thomas Bulfinch, American mythologist (d. 1867)
• 1931 – Clive Cussler, American author
birthday girl • 1919 – Iris Murdoch, Irish writer (d. 1999)
audio • Rembrandt’s Unsparing Eye from NPR by Susan Stamberg
video recommendation • Rembrandt (1936) dir Alexander Korda, w/ Charles Laughton and Elsa Lanchester. delightful.
in progress . . .
i’m back . . . it’s over 90º here in the Merrimack Valley and everything comes to a screeching crawl.
what started as one errand – turned into a 3 hour series of stupid errands. my ersatz grandmother wanted a ‘housecoat’ with snaps. when was the last time you saw a housecoat in a store? or anywhere OTHER than on your grandmother who bought it during the johnson era? So after visiting every ‘-mart’, in a 5 mile area, i ended up at the Salvation Army thrift store, where of COURSE all the housecoats with snaps can be found. I almost bought several, but she’s 95.5 now, i don’t think she’s gonna be needing too many more. anyways, I picked up a bunch of 10 for a dollar kids books from my brother’s kids and scooped up the items i needed to pull off another video. . . and i THINK the new camcorder is in this box that came in the mail. I swear i don’t know how people with regular jobs pull of a blog everyday.
something new • NYT reviews ‘District and Circle,‘ by Seamus Heaney.essay • from the Washington Post, David Stanton, talks about John Gardner and Grendel.
another essay • from the Australian: Nobel winner Patrick White’s The Eye of the Storm was rejected by 12 publishers.
squeezing the tube • Peter Pan in Scarlet, the authorized sequel to J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan will be published in October. No wonder they were fussing about Moore’s Lost Girls.
mitzvah • from the Chicago Tribune : Used books open up a brand-new world for schoolkids in Africa
lost n’found • After 65 years, Wild Flowers An unpublished manuscript by artist Emily Carr will finally be published by the Royal BC Museum in Victoria