It's been a week with no visit to The Poisoned Pen, but Denis and I have had other things with which to occupy ourselves. For one, yesterday morning saw us heading to a nearby theater to see an excellent cast headed by Helen Mirren in "The Hundred-Foot Journey." What I'd like to know is... why do I enjoy movies about the joy and passion of cooking when I hate to cook? I think it has a lot to do with one of the lines in this particular film. Marguerite looks at Hassan and says, "Food is memories." Food is indeed memories. As I sit and allow my brain to partake of a banquet of cinematography, soundtrack, and dialogue, my heart fills with so many memories of my mother and grandmother in their kitchens. The smells, the tastes... the love they infused in the food they prepared. Half the time when watching a film like this, I'm sitting in a dark theater with tears welling up in my eyes and a huge lump in my throat.
|After the water had gone down quite a bit...|
But this week hasn't all been cinematic roses. A good portion of it has been a quagmire. Literally. Thanks and a hug to those of you who emailed me to ask if Denis and I were all right. We are. I can't say the same for the property, however. Many of you have seen Phoenix, Arizona, in the news this week. The remnants of Hurricane Norbert decided to wreck havoc with portions of California, Nevada and Arizona. In our case, Norbert dumped three inches of rain in a couple of hours. Go ahead and scoff if you like. If I were still living in central Illinois, I would laugh at a mere three inches of rain in two hours. But let's put it into perspective. This is the desert, with ground so sun-baked that torrential downpours will not-- and cannot-- soak in. This is the desert, where three inches of rain equals almost half our annual rainfall. In two hours. In one storm.
Our yard was completely flooded. Water made its way onto the floor in my craft room. The pool is a bog of mud and debris. But it could have been a lot worse. Many other Phoenix area residents were much harder hit. Denis and I have lived through this before, so we know the drill. It's just tiresome, and I'm an extra layer of miffed because I'm fairly certain Norbert stole the last bit of pool reading season from me, the bugger.
Now, my friends, let us move from the bog to those links. I've had them rounded up for you, now it's time to move 'em out on the page!
Books, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits
- The New York Times has decided to revamp its bestsellers lists.
- Publishers gave away almost 125 million books during World War II.
- I absolutely loved this Dr. Who clip in which the intrepid doctor takes Vincent van Gogh to a modern museum.
- Has the internet created yet more reading insecurity?
- How Stephen King teaches writing.
- Fans (like me) have decided not to let television series Longmire go gently into that good night. In fact #LongLiveLongmire created a Twitter stampede Monday night.
- How to tell you're reading a gothic novel-- in pictures.
- A plea for linguistic tolerance.
- Margaret Atwood intends to lock her new book in a time capsule.
- Why today's most exciting crime novelists are women.
- Our use of little words can reveal hidden interests.
- German collector needed to be soothed by Monet during a hospital stay.
- A Ghanaian mystery writer says it's easy to get murdered in Accra.
- Has Jack the Ripper finally been identified?
- In hyping their latest catalog, IKEA has made a convincing case for books.
Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones
- Archaeologists have made another incredible discovery at Stonehenge.
- Archaeologists have uncovered a 7,000-year-old Stone Age city in Croatia.
- Yet another new species of massive dinosaur has been discovered. This time in Africa.
- A teenager in China stumbled on a 3,000-year-old bronze sword in a river. (How come I'm never clumsy like that?)
- Archaeologists are becoming downright giddy at that huge ancient tomb in Greece, this time finding stunning statues and a mosaic floor.
- A 3,900-year-old bone armor suit has been unearthed in Siberia.
- How about the grisly tale a 3,000-year-old golden bowl is hiding?
- A Copper Age settlement has been discovered in central Spain.
- A Viking fortress has been discovered in Denmark, and-- speaking of those Viking warriors-- did you know that half of them were women?
- Vikings are the hot topic this week, with a 1,000-year-old Viking Parliament being discovered in Scotland.
- A rebuilt 18th-century ship is busily testing French waters.
- 1,900-year-old Roman jewelry has been found.
- A UK dig in Peterborough has uncovered 70 human skeletons.
I ♥ Lists
- Famous writers on the creative benefits of keeping a diary.
- 15 awards contenders (films) to see before the end of the year.
- 10 must-read tales of survival.
- I can remember when I used to enjoy flying. 7 ways the airlines are pitting us against each other.
Book (& a Bit of Puppy) Candy
- These have to be about the cutest dog houses I've ever seen.
- Sunday sweets for book lovers. (How could you bear to cut into one?)
- The bookish art of Jordan Buschur.
- *drool* 30 classic home library designs.
That's all for now! 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!