There's something about the sun revving slowly back to its summer glory that sets me up to do a bit of cleaning, and-- in between author events at The Poisoned Pen-- that's exactly what I've been doing. I've even spent an hour ironing newly washed curtains, tablecloths and other "soft furnishings" which has convinced those who know me that I'm not quite right in the head. (Normally I avoid irons like they've been imbued with the Black Plague.)
|Denis's handiwork. It's not rusty, it's wet.|
With all this busy-ness, I'm sometimes hit with the "Now, why did I walk into this room?" Syndrome, which is annoying. Now...what is the focus of this post? Oh yeah-- Links! Coming right up!
Bookish News & Other Interesting Tidbits
Science, History & Archaeology
I ♥ Lists
- Some of To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee's letters are going to be auctioned.
- The severe drought in California has triggered a mini-Gold Rush in the Sierra Nevada mountains.
- Harvard University has discovered old library books bound in human skin.
- A Gone With the Wind casting rumors letter from 1937 is going up for auction.
- I knew crafts were good for you: This is your brain on knitting.
- An excellent write-up on the recent Left Coast Crime convention held in Monterrey, California. I'm stoked because rumor has it that this event will be held here in Phoenix in 2016. (I just hope that doesn't mean Phoenix will have a coastline by then!)
- An unpublished short story by Tennessee Williams has been unearthed after 80 years.
- Are eReaders environmentally friendly? (Mine is!)
- Which place is more sexist: the Middle East or Latin America? (I wouldn't particularly want to live in either one.)
- The early spring here in the Sonoran Desert means that Gila monsters are out earlier than usual.
- Boys will be boys, and girls will be accommodating. (More on gender specific children's books.)
- #NoMakeupSelfies are raising millions for cancer research.
- Bestie and wackadoodle are now words in the Oxford English Dictionary.
- A Norwegian museum has returned a Matisse painting that was stolen by the Nazis.
- 25 years after the Exxon Valdez oil spill, the effects linger on.
Science, History & Archaeology
- An island in the South Pacific is home to countless World War II relics.
- A Titanic survivor's letter has sparked lots of interest on Reddit.
- A newly discovered carving shows a Roman emperor dressed as an Egyptian pharoah.
- 1,800-year-old human remains have been discovered in northwestern Arizona.
- A mummy's 1,300-year-old thigh tattoo has been revealed.
- A new dwarf planet has been found at our solar system's edge.
- Arrrgghhh! Divers have found a 300-year-old sunken pirate ship in the Mississippi River near St. Louis!
- The discovered half of a bone has revealed a prehistoric sea giant.
- Two more colossal pharoah statues have been unveiled in Egypt.
I ♥ Lists
- I really enjoyed 10 actors who should be cast as authors.
- America's happiest cities. (#1 may surprise you.)
- Stephen King's top 20 rules for writers.
- 20 strong female characters in literature we all wanted to be.
- 50 essential mystery novels that everyone should read.
- 11 ridiculously overdue library books that were finally returned.
- 10 literary Facebook pages you should like.
- The most breathtaking World Heritage sites.
- Author Holly Black has a secret library that you've got to see!
- If you're like me and can't get enough of looking at other people's bookshelves, you might want to check out this feature on Savidge Reads.
- Now this mobile home/RV is just the thing to take out to the perfect reading and writing nature spots!
- The two major things to check out in this ceramic artist's cottage on the Scottish coast are the ship over the fireplace and her bedroom.
- Check out this new bookstore in New Delhi, India.
Whew! This was a MegaLinks Week, wasn't it? I hope I managed to find a few that piqued your interest. Don't forget to stop by next week when I'll have a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure. Have a wonderful weekend!