birthday boy • 1827 – Johanna Spyri, Swiss author (d. 1901)
birthday girl • 1892 – Djuna Barnes, American author (d. 1982)
1963 – Civil rights leader is shot dead in front of his home in Jackson, Mississippi by Ku Klux Klan member Byron De La Beckwith.
uncivil suits • The Italian trial of Oriana Fallaci for defaming Islam in The Strength of Reason, opened Monday and was quickly adjourned.
next gen • from the NYT Product Placement Deals Make Leap From Film to Books
451º • Fort Wayne columnist Betty Stein asks the Bradbury-esque question “Which book would you commmit to memory?”
speed reading • the world’s fastest reader is a Computer at Stanford University which can scan 1000 pages an hour.
non-anon • say goodbye to anonimity folks, is kicking ass.
something new • from the NewYork Sun we get a couple of reviews of new biogs of Upton Sinclair.