Lots of cleaning was done this past week, and lots of fun was had on Denis's days off. We went to see "Gravity" and are planning to see it again, trekked to The Poisoned Pen to see Anne Hillerman (daughter of Tony), and had a long lunch with dear friends. Tomorrow I'll be heading back to my favorite bookstore to see Craig Johnson. I have chicken marinara cooking, and when I'm not reading a good book, I'm spending time on my Facebook page discussing underwear and the reasons you could get tossed into an insane asylum at the end of the nineteenth century. (I think our favorite was "uterine derangement." (Trust me, you don't ever want a deranged uterus!)
It certainly looks as though I've covered a lot of ground this week, doesn't it? Let's see if my chosen links do, too!
Bookish News & Other Interesting Stuff
- Scans reveal a striking similarity between human and canine minds.
- The violin played by the bandmaster of the Titanic sold at auction for $1.45 million.
- Someone's probably blushing now that an Etruscan warrior prince has been outed as a princess.
- Pre-Viking monuments have been discovered near a burial ground in Sweden.
- This graph of what each country leads the world in makes me glad Denis and I made the switch to desert landscaping.
- Take a look at a rural one-room library.
- Iceland: A country where one in ten people will publish a book.
- eReader adoption in the US grows to 24%.
- I found a very cool graphic that shows the most popular baby names for girls year by year, beginning in 1960.
- Scientists have been working on a theory about why walking through a doorway makes you forget. It's called the "doorway effect." Now I-- and millions of others-- have a scientific excuse for... why am I in here?
- Emily Dickinson has long been one of my favorite poets. This week I found two links to her. One, showing two of Dickinson's first drafts which were scribbled on old envelopes, and the other is the newly launched Emily Dickinson Archive, an open-access website for her manuscripts.
I ♥ Lists & Quizzes
- The ten most dramatic deaths in fiction.
- 10 architectural landmarks you have to visit before you die.
- 20 brilliant authors whose work was initially rejected.
- Here's a film quiz all about Stephen King adaptations.
- 23 famous authors' last words.
- Author Thomas H. Cook's list of the ten best mystery books.
- List of reasons for admission to an insane asylum, from the late 1800s.
- Beautiful library chairs for literary abodes.
That's all for this week, and before I forget it, I'd like to thank my readers for sending me interesting links from time to time. You never know when you'll see one of them included here!
Don't forget to stop by next weekend when I'll have a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure!