World No Tobacco Day

1669 – Citing poor eyesight, Samuel Pepys records the last event in his diary.

events •
see books can be sexy – The actress Saffron Burrows was invited to take part in the Hay-on-Wye literary festival. She kept a diary of her experiences – including a candlelit dinner with Al Gore.

some is good • Charles Webb has finally yielded to temptation and will give Random House a sequel to The Graduate.

santorum signing SRO • The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of a featuring Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.

super shopping • After four months of negotiations between the experts of Iran’s National Library and the owners, a collection of ancient books including 2000 lithography books and 100 manuscripts has been transferred to Iran from the Netherlands of the collection.

gamesters of christ • “Imagine: you are a foot soldier in a paramilitary group whose purpose is to remake America as a Christian theocracy, and establish its worldly vision of the dominion of Christ over all aspects of life. You are issued high-tech military weaponry, and instructed to engage the infidel on the streets of New York City. You are on a mission – both a religious mission and a military mission — to convert or kill Catholics, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, gays, and anyone who advocates the separation of church and state – especially moderate, mainstream Christians. Your mission is “to conduct physical and spiritual warfare”; all who resist must be taken out with extreme prejudice . . . Thus begins the game, Left Behind: Eternal Forces, is based on scenes from the first four novels in the Left Behind series by Jenkins & LeHaye. “We hope teenagers like the game,” Mr. LaHaye told the Los Angeles Times. “Our real goal is to have no one left behind.” The game rewards children for how effectively they role play the killing of those who resist becoming a born again Christian. I wish I was making this shit up, I really do.

cookies • Paul Auster has won Spain’s Prince of Asturias Prize for Literature for 2006

mitzvah •
Communities In Schools of Brunswick County, NC has collected 1,100 new and gently used books to put reading materials into students’ hands during the summer.

cookies • The Connecticut Center for the Book at the Hartford Public Library is considering “The 9-Mile Square” among others for Connecticut’s annual book award.

looking good •
still another article about the fashionista fascination with books that really do furninsh a room.

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