From the title of this post you probably think I'm off on a long journey, or I've entered some sort of contest, but that's not the case. Have you ever heard of spine poetry-- poems formed from the titles on the spines of books? Well, it's been intriguing me for years, and since this is National Poetry Month, I thought I might give it a try. As usual, I tend to put more parameters on myself like:
(1) crime fiction titles only and (2) poems in the form of haiku, which is the only sort of poetry I've ever been able to write. Now you see what I mean about wishing me luck!
But first I'm going to do something much easier-- round up some links!
Books, Movies & Other Tidbits
- Are you an Elmore Leonard fan? Then you'll probably want to read The Dickens of Detroit. (Thanks for the link, Kate!)
- Here's a tour of the world's finest independent bookshops. (Personally I think the list is missing The Poisoned Pen, but some may say I'm biased.)
- Is Daphne du Maurier a literary genius who's hated by the critics?
- Once I moved away and went to college, my pen pal days were over, but these two ladies have been writing to each other for 70 years!
- I enjoyed these in the past, so I was happy to see that TNT has given "The Librarians" the green light as a series.
- Bookstores in Seattle are doing well-- even after they embraced Amazon.
- A study suggests that students reading eBooks are losing out.
- Prevent book deserts by fighting for libraries.
- The legend of Vera Nabokov: why writers pine for a do-it-all spouse.
- What to do now that the Heartbleed Bug has exposed the internet.
- The Vienna Philharmonic is to return a painting that was stolen by the Nazis.
- Why President Jimmy Carter considers himself a feminist.
- A huge Big Boy steam locomotive is coming back to life.
My Indiana Jones Segment
You know... a little natural history, a little architecture, a little archaeology...
- A tiny Minnesota museum's canoe just happens to be a 1,000-year-old historic find.
- A near-complete T. Rex skeleton has arrived at the Smithsonian.
- A fascinating look backstage at Versailles: a handyman's tour of the palace.
- Archaeologists have found things that suggest Rome is a century older than everyone thought.
- Another story that proves everything on this planet is interconnected: the power of poop. (No, that's not a typo.)
- Drone images have revealed a buried ancient village in New Mexico.
- Experts in Serbia are using heavy machinery to move a mammoth.
- The dinosaur-killing asteroid impact has been dwarfed by an earlier space rock crash.
I ♥ Lists
- These are the biggest heartbreakers in literature.
- The 13 greatest opening lines from novels of the 1950s.
- 25 essential books about Americans in Paris.
- The eight stages of becoming obsessed with a new book.
- The top eleven stately homes in England.
- The top ten movies set in Scotland.
- 13 untranslatable words.
- Beautiful vintage photos of bygone bookstores.
- 10 great reads for dictionary fanatics.
That's all, folks! Don't forget to stop by next week when I'll have a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure. Have a great weekend!