1749 – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German writer and scientist (d. 1832)
1828 – Leo Tolstoy, Russian writer (d. 1910)
1908 – Roger Tory Peterson (d 1996) American ornithologist and conservationist
1913 – Robertson Davies, Canadian writer (d. 1995)
1916 – Jack Vance, American author
1917 – Jack Kirby, American comic book artist (d. 1994)
1924 – , New Zealand author (d. 2004)
incoming • Margaret Atwood’s Letter to America, from the Globe and Mail.
worth reading – from the Guardian, John Sutherland ponders the enigma of first lines.
inbreeding • In a deal between two of the Internet’s most prominent properties, Google Inc. will begin selling advertising on Web auction leader eBay and help buyers quickly ring an online merchant to do business.
obit of note • , an American University literature professor who was a leading authority on the life of Frankenstein author Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley and her circle of friends.
web 2.0 • Google unveiled their ‘ Google Apps for Your Domain’, a collaborative set of Google tools for businesses and other organizations. Which lets you customize Google’s communication and collaboration tools for you organization with no hardware or software to install or maintain. Tools include Gmail, Google Talk, Google Calendar, and Google Page Creator, and you choose the combo that fits for your business.
talking head • the Santa Cruz Sentinel interviews Jonathan Franzen about his early influences.
banktoaster • the New York Times has a feature on public domain titles on audio available for download from sites such as Librivox, Spokenalex.org, Literalsystems.org.
audio • last week’s This American Life – now available online, writer David Sedaris takes us on an unusual tour of Paris.
“No, I haven’t been to the Louvre, why come to Paris and go to the only place you aren’t allowed to smoke?”
more audio • this week’s Weekend America visited the World Science Fiction Convention and talks to folks about science fiction’s current relevance.
still more audio • this week’s Studio 360 covers the 50th anniversary of Shakespeare in the Park and talks to T.C. Boyle.