There's nothing like having an earthquake advisory appear during the weeks leading up to a vacation near the affected area. For the sake of the millions of people living there, I sincerely hope the San Andreas fault goes back to sleep peacefully. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could learn how to relieve the stress along fault lines and eradicate earthquakes forever?
While I wonder what to pack, I'll mosey on out to the corral. I've been saving some mighty fine links for you this week. Head 'em up! Mooooooooove 'em out!
►Book, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
- Why crime novels are still popular despite crime levels going down.
- Pride and Prejudice at twenty: the scene that changed everything. (I can remember watching it and thinking, "Wow! That's not in the book... but I like it!")
- Thank heavens. James Patterson has called off his fictional Murder of Stephen King. I thought it was a rare lapse of judgement for him.
- I enjoy watching Outlander, but there's one costume detail that no one notices.
- What it feels like to be the last generation to remember life before the internet.
- Crime writer Ian Rankin helped police solve a mystery in Edinburgh.
- Take a ride on the New York Public Library's book roller coaster.
- There's a Charlotte Brontë exhibition at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York City.
- Classic Shirley Jackson, illustrated.
- How Stephen King made pop culture weird.
- How one Amazon Kindle scam made millions of dollars.
- I told you a while back that Truman Capote's ashes were for sale. Now I now how much they cost.
- Can you read a book the wrong way?
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
- Mysterious Chinese skeletons in an ancient London cemetery are shedding new light on the Roman Empire.
- Powerful objects from the collections of the Smithsonian's newest museum.
- Letters from William James-- the only Welshman to fight at the Battle of the Little Bighorn-- have been discovered.
- How Britain's first professional female artist was assumed to be a man. (You know what happens when you assume....)
- A 14,000-year-old campsite in Argentina adds to an archaeological mystery.
- The forgotten 200-year-old pub discovered under a building site in Manchester, England-- untouched bottles of brandy included!
- Ancient Roman coins have been found in a ruined Japanese castle.
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
- Whatever you do, don't send your robot lawnmower after a moose!
- Meet Pudding, the photogenic fox that's too friendly to be released into the wild.
- In a matter of seconds this bobcat lost her family. Now she's getting a new one, thanks to rescuers.
- Five wild lionesses have grown manes and started acting like males.
- An amazing breakthrough has solved the mystery of Monarch butterfly migration.
- Experts offer advice on living near coyotes. (I live in the center of one of the largest metropolitan areas in the U.S., and there have been coyotes spotted a couple of blocks away.)
- A bear in a Polish zoo found a World War II mortar grenade.
►The Happy Wanderer◄
- Twelve of the most beautiful small towns from around the world.
- The ten strangest places on Earth.
- The quest to retrace the tracks of seascape painter Childe Hassam (one of my favorite artists).
- A guide to the real-life homes of the heroes of children's literature.
►I ♥ Lists◄
- Twenty-four bookshelves that will make any book lover's heart beat faster.
- Nineteen secrets librarians will never tell you.
- Ten dodgy lawyers in literature.
- Eleven things you probably didn't know about Shirley Jackson.
- Ten fascinating female rulers in history.
- Ten Dickensian character names deciphered.
- Nineteen F. Scott Fitzgerald quotes for flappers and philosophers.
- The jewelry lover's guide to literature.
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!