Pack Rat Day*

audio • NPR’s Here & Now interviews Lois Lowry about her new book Gossamer

worth reading • from “The illustrious history of the yellow legal pad” by Suzanne Snider

distopia watch • Some Idahoans trying to purge Joy of Sex and Joy of Gay Sex from their libraries.

super shopping • from the NYT The Duchess Anna Amalia Library in Weimar scours the inventories of dealers in rare books to rebuild its collection, which was seriously damaged in a fire in September 2004.

1970 – Thor Heyerdahl sets sail from Morocco on the papyrus boat Ra II to sail the Atlantic Ocean.

birthday girls*
• 1794 – Anna Brownell Jameson, British writer (d. 1860)
• 1873 – Dorothy Richardson, English writer whose stream-of-consciousness style will influence James Joyce and Virginia Woolf (d. 1957)

* i didn’t know who they were either.

birthday boys
• 1935 – Dennis Potter, English writer (d. 1994)
• 1946 – F. Paul Wilson, American novelist

better late •
Lee Dunne’s Paddy Maguire is Dead banned for 34 years because of its portrayal of alcoholism, will finally see the light of day in it’s native Ireland.

worth reading • an essay by Marc Weingarten author of The Gang That Wouldn’t Write Straight about Tom Wolfe, Joan Didion, and the other practitioners of what would become the New Journalism.

banktoaster • a PDF of Disney’s 1943 ABC s of Hand Tools starring Primitive Pete.

Pack Rat Day* i couldn’t find out its origination either. . . but it’s DEFINITELY a day for US!

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