In case any of you are wondering, I am indeed taking stacks of books out to the pool to read. My waterproof Harrod's bag carries my books, some hand-knitted cloths, my reading glasses, cell phone, mosquito deterrent, a small flyswatter
|Brother, can you spare a towel?|
But I did goof on my first afternoon out there. I locked myself out of the laundry room and didn't have a towel with me. This means I sat down in a patio chair until I air-dried enough to go in the house because I definitely didn't want to drip all over the floors. (Naturally, the towels were all the way down at the other end of the house!)
I haven't made that mistake since, but all the noise coming from out in the corral means I'd better get out there and avoid a possible catastrophe. Head 'em up! Mooooooooove 'em out!
►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
- Reading Karl Marx's Das Kapital as a Victorian crime novel.
- How America invented "young adult" fiction for a new kind of teenager.
- Agatha Christie, travel writer.
- Another effect of the #metoo movement: the fall of the confidence man.
- Why do so many judges cite Jane Austen in legal decisions?
- And since I've already mentioned her-- Jane Austen and the timeless tradition of mansplaining.
- How a Christmas present gave Harper Lee the time to write To Kill a Mockingbird.
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
- New details have been released about two ancient shipwrecks that were found during the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.
- An airport janitor might get to keep $325 million in gold bars he found in the trash. (The cynic in me says that there will be some way the poor soul won't get a dime.)
- Egypt says there are no hidden rooms in King Tut's tomb after all.
- Digital forensics has reconstructed seven lost masterpieces.
- Three 18th-century ships found in old town Alexandria tell a story of Colonial-Era Virginia.
- Ancient Romans painted horrifying blood-red warnings on the Antonine Wall separating England from Scotland.
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
- A 16th-century fortified Scottish castle was invaded and ransacked by a tiny masked marauder-- a badger.
- Hundreds of blue whales are permanent residents off New Zealand's coasts.
- Why Deception Valley's deadly heat is good for wildlife.
►I ♥ Lists◄
- Nine debut crime novels to discover this spring.
- Ten historical mysteries that balance story with history.
- Eleven authors recommend US bookstores worth traveling for.
- Six books for armchair travelers.
- Five remarkable women who changed the course of maritime history.
- Twenty-two photos of famous authors and their mothers.
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!