Our niece Daisy is here, visiting from England and trying to adjust to the radical differences in temperature. We're having too much fun for me to sit down and talk about it much, so you're just going to have to wait until the dust settles. In the mean time, here are some links for you. Enjoy!
►Books, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
- The benefits of handwriting vs. typing.
- The Library of Congress has a new audio archive of poets.
- Do Americans hate foreign fiction?
- Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather notebook will be published as a book.
- Book covers see yellow to attract online shoppers. (Poor publishers... they just don't know which way to jump. Barbara Peters has said more than once that publishers tended to stay away from yellow book covers because they fade horribly.)
- Dame Helen Mirren is set to narrate a new Beatrix Potter audiobook.
- Big publishing is not as big anymore.
- The inaugural Little Free Library Fest celebrates reading and community.
- Well now, this certainly makes sense: A council in Lambeth, South London, decided to close two libraries to save money. Okay... then why are they paying three times as much for security to protect the buildings?
- Why does Dracula wear a tuxedo?
- Who gets to name an author's book?
- Why reading makes you a better person.
- Sherlock's Guide to Deduction.
- Eight movies to watch in June.
- Endangered languages.
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
- Golden Age advice on staying at country houses.
- That time when Parisians used to hang out at the Morgue for fun.
- Aristotle's 2,400-year-old tomb has been found at Stagira.
- Scientists finally know what stopped the Mongol hordes from conquering Europe.
- Centuries-old artifacts have been discovered beneath Malcolm X's childhood home.
- A shipwreck has been uncovered at a Boston work site.
- The mystery of morbid Aztec skull masks has been solved by archaeologists.
- Fascinating photos of vintage American bookmobiles.
- The price of antiques is falling as buyers turn their backs on the past. In a related article: Millennials nix their parents' treasures.
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
- Cat scrunchies are saving birds' lives.
- "They are evil monsters that attack us night and day": Senegal's killer hippo problem.
- A camper in Botswana woke up to the sight and sound of a lion licking her tent.
►The Happy Wanderer◄
- This sounds as though it belongs in Ripley's Believe It or Not: bug poop is turning the Taj Mahal green.
- If you visit Mexico, whatever you do, stay out of the Rio Lerma River.
- Nine breathtaking reasons you've got to travel to the Azores.
- Growing up in Peter Pan's...err... J.M. Barrie's house.
- Inside the most amazing map library that you've never hear of. (It's in Wisconsin.)
- Jane Fawcett, one of the Bletchley Park decoders, has died at the age of 95.
- Yang Jiang, a Chinese writer and translator of Don Quixote, has died at the age of 104.
►I ♥ Lists◄
- The top ten fictional houses with personality.
- Nineteen authors and their typewriters.
- Twenty beautiful reading nook designs.
- 100 must-read books about books.
- Fourteen author quotes on mankind's search for truth.
That's all for this week! Don't forget to stop by next Friday when I'll be sharing a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure.
Have a great weekend, and read something fabulous!