It's been a quiet week here. I ran an errand or two. I've almost made up my mind to do some housecleaning. I'm still making a list of places we can take our niece Daisy to when she's here next spring. There's no hot topic I'm wanting to discuss. But rather than cut immediately to the chase, I thought I'd share a mediocre photo of the large bookcase that's here in our office.
Yes, you can click on it to see it in its original size. (You're like me...wanting to see titles on spines!) I inherited this bookcase from a dear friend when he moved in 1989 or thereabouts, and it's been in here since this room became The Office.
I thought the top three shelves would be of the most interest to you, since they house (1) my physical advance reading copies on the top left, and (2) many of my most recent acquisitions on the other two shelves-- those books I'm wanting to read before the ones on my to-be-read shelves out in the living room.
Hmm...I'd forgotten about that book on Fabergé hidden at the back of the third shelf, but if I pull it out to put it elsewhere, I'll end up paging through it. And I've been wondering where that candle went! (Methinks my housecleaning shouldn't wait much longer!)
But I do have one more thing to do first: head on out to the corral to get all those links ready for you. Head 'em up! Moooooooooove 'em out!
►Books, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
- What quilting, knitting, and embroidery can teach us about narrative form.
- A judge has denied the director's bid to seize and destroy a producer's cut of The Professor and the Madman, the Mel Gibson film about the Oxford English Dictionary.
- An adaptation of Stephen King's Gerald's Game for Netflix is potent, horrific, and oddly cathartic.
- How books designed for soldiers' pockets changed publishing forever.
- People with blue eyes all have one thing in common.
- Goodreads marks ten years of supporting books.
- Is climate-themed fiction all too real?
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
- "The stuff movie-makers dream of"--A graveyard of long-lost ships in Lake Michigan captivates historians.
- Have archaeologists solved the mystery of the Great Pyramid?
- Archaeologists are studying Brazilian earthworks that are eerily similar to Ohio's Hopewell Mounds.
- A lost city founded by Alexander the Great in Iraq has been discovered. In addition, here's the New York Post article about it.
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
- A wild bison was spotted in Germany for the first time in two hundred years. You'll never guess what happened next.
- Four incredible facts about sea otters.
- Witness a real-life Wild West buffalo roundup.
- Watch a seal get up close and personal with a diver.
- Cheetahs 101.
►The Happy Wanderer◄
- A walk in Willa Cather's prairie.
- How Jeremy Irons rescued and restored a fifteenth-century Irish castle.
- The birthplace of the Brontë sisters is now a busy café, and it's for sale.
- Gambling, gold, and women: Deadwood, South Dakota.
- The most interesting man in the world might just be Thomas Lannon, New York City Public Library archivist.
- The true story behind Billie Jean King's victorious "Battle of the Sexes."
- Louisa May Alcott, a difficult woman who got things done.
- Meet Stagecoach Mary, the daring black pioneer who protected Wild West stagecoaches.
►I ♥ Lists◄
- Merriam-Webster has added more than 250 words to their dictionary.
- Eleven of the worst weddings in literature.
- Eleven best uses of bad grammar from The Simpsons.
- Eight notable attempts to hack the New York Times Bestseller List.
- Ten facts about Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man.
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!