Friday, July 18, 2014

The Evolutionary Weekly Link Round-Up

This week's post title is due to the reaction my "The Evolution of a Mystery Reader" post has received. Some of you have shared your own reading evolutions with me here on the blog, but several others have sent theirs via email. No matter which method you chose, I've loved reading each and every one, and I will respond to your emails!

In between life's little interruptions, I've been enjoying books in the pool and ruminating over a post about the importance of a book's setting to me. But since I have to make an all-important run to the grocery store, I'd better get this week's links lined up and shared!

Books, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits
  • The French do buy books-- real books-- and it probably helps that their government is protecting the publishing and bookselling industries.
  • Amazon may have an eBook subscription service in the works.
  • BAFTA filmed several British actors (like Benedict Cumberbatch) while they spoke about acting. As much as I appreciate Cumberbatch, I have to admit that my favorite voice belonged to James McAvoy.
  • Here's a literary atlas of Ireland.
  • On the Game of Thrones front, Keisha Castle-Hughes may be joining the cast, and George R.R. Martin seems to be pushing for a feature-length film.
  • Singapore bans children's books featuring gay characters.
  • For the first time, an independent bookstore-- Politics and Prose-- has been chosen as the official bookseller for the National Book Festival. (Thanks for the link, Ken!)
  • An infographic showing how famous creatives spent their days.
  • I'm looking forward to seeing Pixar's newest short film, "Lava."
  • I used wikiHow to link Kittling: Book's Facebook page to Twitter.
  • What happens when a writer purges his library.

Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones

I  ♥  Lists

Book Candy

That's it for this week. Don't forget to stop by next Friday when I'll have a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure.

Have a great weekend!


  1. Cathy - I absolutely loved your 'evolution of a reader' post! I'm glad you've gotten such a great response for it. And thanks as always for these links. I think in another life I was an archaeologist or paleontologist. I always love reading things about new discoveries of ancient things....

    1. I, too, think I was an archaeologist in a previous life. I was fascinated by it all from a very early age, and a cross country trip to visit my archaeologist great uncle in Grass Valley, California, when I was ten sealed the deal.

  2. Cathy - Me again. After writing my comment, I went back to "iconic opening frames" and read most of the reader comments, suggesting movies that had been unfortunately omitted. There were several mentions of West Side Story with that long bird's eye shot of New York with the great Leonard Benstein music in the background. Then I thought of my one of my own favorites, "Psycho" Also a scan of a city (Phoenix, as I recall), one long shot that targets an apartment window and then zooms into the bedroom, and Janet Leigh is dressing after a noon time interlude. Very sexy scene, much better than "Lost in Translation" and with music by Bernard Hermann.

    Ken, McLean VA

    1. I have to agree with you, Ken, and the city is indeed Phoenix. I saw that movie several times before I ever moved here. Now I have fun seeing how many buildings I can recognize-- although I moved here 20 years after the movie was filmed, and the city had changed tremendously. As far as that goes, it's changed tremendously in the thirty years since I've been here!

  3. The friendships between authors is quite interesting. Can you imagine what Plath and Sexton talked about? Hmm.

    1. I've noticed that myself from various author events I've attended here in Phoenix.


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