continuing in my week long attempt at sloth . . . . btw the kittens now have a new tripled decker home – but surprisingly still no self cleaning litter box 8(
1687 – Isaac Newton publishes Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica.
can you hear me now? • UPI reports authors are now going around their publishers refusals and are producing their own audiobooks.
obit of note • Philip Rieff at 83; Noted Sociologist Wrote Books About Cultural Decline.
something new • Bookslut has a review of Book by Book: Notes on Reading and Life by The Washington Post’s Book World editor Michael Dirda.
birthday boy • 1889 – Jean Cocteau, French writer (d. 1963)
banktoaster • the Desk Drawer a Free Writing Exercise Workshop
cool tools • another free piece of software is called Dark Room, a full screen word processing software which is eerilly reminiscent of the old dos word processors some of us remember all too well. The concept is sound – to remove all the crap around the edges of the screen which helps fight the unnatural distraction of writing on a PC.
• For those MS Word users who don’t want to go all the way to black, but like the idea of cutting back on destractions: from MS Word choose >TOOLS>OPTION>GENERAL, check ‘blue background, white text’ – then under >VIEW>FULL SCREEN.
super shopping –
• A notebook containing some of the last penned words of Jim Morrison – who died 35 years ago yesterday – is expected to fetch £100,000 at auction later this month.
• The private collection of Pierre Beres, a legendary Paris book dealer fetched high prices late on Tuesday in the most closely watched auction of its type in years.
• The Cornelius J. Hauck book collection had been sold for more than twice the pre-sale estimate of $4.5 million at Christie’s New York