Pi Approximation Day*

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 Although its entry on the register licensed the printing of The Merchant of Venice, its first version would not be published for another two years.

birthday gals •
1859 – Emma Lazarus, American poet (d. 1887)
1908 – Amy Vanderbilt, American author (d. 1974)

birthday boys
1882 – Edward Hopper, American painter (d. 1967)
1898 – Stephen Vincent Benét, American author (d. 1943)
1936 – Tom Robbins, American author

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.

in from Win Schaeffer

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?

banktoaster • Tourist Remover . . . a free utility at snapmania that removes unwanted objects from your photos – I kid you not.

events •
NYC Harlem Book Fair

*July 22, which is written as 22/7 in international (little-endian) date format; 22 divided by 7 is an approximation of π.

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