Some weeks are quiet; some weeks not so much. This week I stopped pulling weeds, repotting plants and feeding hungry birds to go to the dentist and The Poisoned Pen (twice-- Denise Mina and C.J. Box), and I might even head back to my favorite bookstore on Saturday. Then more weeding and pruning, followed by appointments at the bank, lunch with the girls, another trip to the dentist (good thing he's cute), and helping Denis put new parts on the evaporative cooler. And I'm in the midst of reading some excellent books. I guess it pays to gad about once in a while, eh?
Now... where did I put those links????
Bookish News & Other Interesting Tidbits
- As much as I sometimes think everything on this planet is for sale, there are some very clever advertisements out there.
- People of a certain age will remember the phrase "I didn't want to get involved." I enjoyed reading this article about the book Kevin Cook has written about Kitty Genovese's murder-- and I'll be looking for the book to read as well.
- How about a Classic Literature Travel Guide?
- I loved this British commercial Kevin Bacon did.
- A thought-provoking article about our ideas of beauty.
- Some publishers still insist that gender-specific children's books are easier to sell. (Perhaps we should teach our children not to buy into everything they're fed?)
- Someone else is saying that the future of books looks a lot like Netflix.
- Now when I watch a movie and see the World Trade Center, it brings me up short. There's a website that catalogs all the movies that those twin towers appear in. (Thanks for the link, Ken!)
Archaeology, History, Mother Nature...
- What scientists discovered when they scanned the brain of a woman while she was having an out-of-body experience. (Okay... no wisecracks, please!)
- Newborn turtles' mysterious "lost years" have finally been revealed.
- Mexico's Pyramid of the Sun is slowly turning into a pile of dust. (You might have to click once to get past an ad and to the article itself.)
- Speaking of the Pyramid of the Sun, a well-preserved jade mask was discovered in it.
- A 30,000-year-old giant virus was recently awakened... and it's still infectious. (Once in a blue moon I wish humans weren't quite so curious.)
- Historians have unraveled the mystery of a cryptic note written by Abraham Lincoln.
- They're taking a good long look at a centuries-old mass grave of Irish laborers in Pennsylvania.
- 9,000-year-old masks have gone on display in Jerusalem.
I ♥ Lists
- Rejection letters to famous people that prove you should never give up your dreams.
- 5 crime novels where women are the true detectives. (Two of my favorites are listed.)
- 10 fictional characters who just might be psychopaths... which can lead to quite serious debates on the difference between a psychopath and a sociopath.)
Book Candy, Eye Candy... My Pretties
- Century-old color photographs of Russia. Some fabulous shots!
- 13 bookshelves that make us want to drop everything and read.
- The coolest places on earth to read a book.
- 20 of the world's most stunning libraries.
- Life can (very cleverly) imitate art... at least with these book covers.
That's it for this week. Don't forget to stop by next weekend when I'll have a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure!