calendar • 1919 – Sylvia Beach opens Shakespeare and Company. Now if i had a book with THAT bookseller trade label in it – yummy. *Perhaps I will christen today International Unexpurgated Edition Day in honor of Shakespeare and Co. Yeah I think I will do that.
birthday • 1916 – is born
idiot alert, again • Folks in St Louis are winding themselves up about a sweet little book about 2 male penguins who have the audacity to make a family, And Tango Makes Three. I am beginning to prefer penguins to people.
show n’tell • from the Washington Post a piece about the exhibit The Book as Art: Twenty Years of Artists’ Books exhibition at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.
worth hearing • from, NPR, Thomas Cahill, guests on On Point and talks about his new book Mysteries of the Middle Ages: The Rise of Feminisim, Science, and Art from the Cults of Catholic Europe.
naughty • Thieves broke into Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s house in Cartagena de Indias and took a safe that contained no valuables. Perhaps this should be an idiot alert.
something new • from the Guardian a review of The Life of Kingsley Amis by Zachary Leader
obit of note • George Blackburn at 90 – War hero, musician, author.