World Kissing Day*

* does that mean we should kiss the world?

1925 – Adolf Hitler publishes his personal manifesto Mein Kampf.

birthday girl • 1902 – Jessamyn West, American writer (d. 1984)

birthday boys
• 1906 –
Clifford Odets, American writer (d. 1963)

• 1939 – Hunter S. Thompson, American journalist, creator of Gonzo journalism (d. 2005) by age 10, Thompson was publishing his own two-page newspaper, which he sold for four cents. By his early teens, he had already launched on the life of drinking, vandalism, and pyromania that would turn him into a bestselling writer. At age 18, he was jailed for robbery.

something new • the Guardian reviews Tom McCarthy’s Tintin and the Secret of Literature

audio • Bat Segundo has a new podcast interview with John Updike.

video • Bibliovideo podcasts via the write up at Fine Books and Collections blog. Direct Link to bookstories.
they may have a better camcorder, but she doesn’t have my sexy phone voice.

product placement • NPR’s John Ydstie reports on how publishers are using movie trailers to market their books.

classifieds • The Maryland Institute College of Art is looking for several small book presses, preferably in the Baltimore/DC area. If anyone has one to sell or donate, would you please contact Abby Uhteg at MICA.

obit of note • NYT Mickey Spillane at 88, writer.

audio • NPR interviews Max Allan Collins about Mike Hammer.

cool toy • No you can’t buy it. Bookminder is a dandy little item, you can build yourself out of Lego pieces.

in from Chris Lowenstein
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