1944 – Port Chicago disaster: Near the San Francisco Bay, two ships laden with ammunition for the war explode in Port Chicago, California, killing 232.
not quite dead • Art Buchwald defies science & medicine and refuses to die just yet. The Boston Globe covers his move from the hospice to his home on Martha’s Vineyard.
birthday boy • 1889 Erle Stanley Gardner is born.
site to see • ESG virtual museum.
spun sugar • the Toronto Star has a piece about Abebooks, which is supposed to be an exposé but is surprisingly fluffy.
it’s that time of year • Money columnist Michelle Singletary has a syndicated piece on saving money on college textbooks.
memento mori • a plaque has gone up at the Norfolk(UK) pub where Arthur Conan Doyle wrote Sherlock Holmes story The Adventure of the Dancing Men.
long yarn • A Bible written on a piece of silk 5,007 metres long, has been given a place in the Guinness Book of Records.
avast • Online piracy of comic books is on the rise, an informal survey finds that 30% of the readers of online magazine Comic Book Resources have downloaded comics.
event • The San Francisco Center for the Book hosts “X Libris,” the Center’s Tenth Anniversary exhibition. Highlights include the Hyakumanto Dharani, the world’s first printed book, paste-ups for the first unexpurgated edition of Allen Ginsberg’s Howl, and the Center’s first novel on a wall —‘A Guy, a Girl, a Landscape. The exhibition opens on Friday, July 28th.
worth reading • E. B. White makes it into columnist Marcia Mercer piece about numbers and identity.
banktoaster • The National Film Board of Canada has put 50 of their brilliant animated short films on line for free viewing. The collection spans 60 years and includes several Oscar nominated shorts.
*it’s a math thing.