1598 • The Merchant of Venice is entered on the Stationers’ Register. By decree of Queen Elizabeth, the Stationers’ Register licensed printed works, giving the Crown tight control over all published material. Although its entry on the register licensed the printing of The Merchant of Venice, its first version would not be published for another two years.
event • Comic-Con more than 140,000 people are expected to swarm a comic-book convention in San Diego, CA this weekend.
something new • from NPR a review of Sarah Bird’s new book The Flamenco Academy by Veronique de Turenne
worth reading • a nice syndicated AP piece about the growing number of people taking up bookinding.
audio • NPR’s On Point from WBUR has Tom Lutz, author of Doing Nothing: A History of Loafers, Loungers, Slackers, and Bums in America on to talk about the value and history of laziness. Hmmm . . . I could get behind that.
unstirred • A new James Bond novel by a mystery writer will be published next year to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Bond creator Ian Fleming. I’m confused haven’t they been cranking out ersatz Bonds for a while now?