1870 – H. H. Munro (“Saki”) is born in Burma. (d.1916)
1892 – The first performance of Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Nutcracker is held at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg.
1907 – Christopher Fry, English dramatist is born (d. 2005)
1939 – Michael Moorcock, British author is born.
1946 – Damon Runyon’s ashes are scattered over Broadway by Eddie Rickenbacker flying overhead in large transport plane.
1966 – Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas airs for 1st time on CBS – here’s an interactive coloring game from Seussville.com
site to see • BibliOdyssey blog has an incredible must see collection of book images depicting people on stilts.
worth reading • Michael Lieberman’s Book Patrol blog has a delicious bookseller manifesto post that includes a thumbnail field guide to bookseller species. Sadly I did not find myself on it. 8(
talking heads • the Ephemera Blog has an interview with Susan Tucker is the co-editor of book The Scrapbook in American Life
something new • Still another book review of The Way It Wasn’t- from the Files of James Laughlin edited by Barbara Epler and Daniel Javitch but this one is by WAPO’s Michael Dirda.
worth reading • SFgate’s Ilan Stephans follows the provenance of a piece from the Growing up Latino anthology only to discover it hasn’t one.
It seems internet replication is altering many things we thought we knew by heart. Yesterday I found that the Groucho Marx quote: “I find television very educational. The minute somebody turns it on, I go into the other room and read a book.” has been altered through internet replication into: ” I find television very educational. The minute somebody turns it on, I go to the library and read a good book.” – am I the only one who finds this deeply disturbing?
cookies • from NPR, Two of France’s most prestigious book awards have gone to American Jonathan Littell for his first serious novel : Les Bienveillantes or The Kindly Ones. The hugely popular novel written as a memoir by a former SS officer who leads a hidden life in a French town, is written in French.
DIY • I haven’t had to make a catalog quality shot of a book in a long time buy you may. So look carefully at this $99 Photo Studio in a Box, now go make one of your own – translucent paper? table tripod? photofloods? a box? come on what every happened to ingenuity? Personally I use clip-on aluminum worklights with photofloods, but I plug them into a power strip, and then step on the off/on switch only when I need to shoot and then turn it off. Nothing overheats and I haven’t spent a ton of money.