I know. I know. I need a new addiction like I need another hole in my head. Books and yarn are expensive enough (especially that box of silk-blend and cashmere yarn that arrived last week...), why on earth would I want a new one?
Well... I didn't exactly want it. I kinda stumbled into it.
Something tells me I'd better quench your curiosity.
It could be worse. I was like a kid in a candy store when I went to Target to buy a pair of sunglasses off the rack. I'd never ever done that before. But I did make myself stop at two pairs. However, these reading glasses are another story! Back in the day when one lens cost $236 and I needed two pairs of prescription glasses, I had to save up for those things. And I couldn't go Elton John with the frames either. Now I've got "new eyeballs," and I can splurge. And glare doesn't bother me. And I'm no longer blinded by oncoming headlights at night. Just to let you know that I'm still thrilled with the results of all those eye surgeries.
But now I'd better take off my green, yellow, orange, and brown striped readers and put on my mirrored aviators. It's time to mosey on out to the corral. Head 'em up! Mooooooooooooove 'em out!
►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
- There's no shame in reading whatever books you want-- literary snobs be damned. (This has been my mantra for decades. Is it yours?)
- Open Road Integrated Media digital publishing is finding a new path.
- The Little House on the Prairie was built on Native American land. You know... the fault may be within me, but no matter how many critical articles appear about Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House books, they can't kill how much I loved those books as a child.
- The business of the romance novel.
- Shelf policing: how books (and cacti) make women too "spiky" for men. (My advice to men? Grow up!)
- An elaborate $2.6 million model aircraft carrier has been donated to the Naval Academy. Why am I sharing this? Because my father was a member of the first commissioned crew aboard the full-size original.
- The profoundly unsettling world of Agatha Christie.
- The art of book covers (1820-1914).
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
- Archaeologists have discovered an Incan tomb in Peru.
- Archaeologists dismantled a Maya pyramid in Guatemala and never put it back together.
- To mark the 350th anniversary of Rembrandt's death, Rijksmuseum is putting all 400 of the master artist's works on view together for the first time. Wow...
- The wreck of the long-lost World War II aircraft carrier, USS Hornet, has been found after seventy-six years, nearly 17,500 feet under water.
- These objects from the National Museum of American History begin to tell the story of women's history in America.
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
- What this prehistoric turtle's tumor tells scientists about modern cancer.
- Feeding mosquitos diet drugs makes them stop biting.
- The hummingbird as warrior: the evolution of a fierce and furious beak.
- The crest-tailed mulgara, an "extinct" marsupial, has been found alive in Australia after more than a century. Now, these critters know how to hide!
- Can fish recognize themselves in the mirror?
- Insects are dying off at an alarming rate.
- Malaysia seizes 30 tons of trafficked pangolin parts. Sometimes I feel as though "traditional Chinese medicine" is going to kill off every creature on this planet with the exception of humans.
- Dolphins seem to use toxic pufferfish to get high.
►The Happy Wanderer◄
- The Museum of the Dog takes Manhattan.
- F. Scott Fitzgerald's boarding house in New Orleans' Garden District.
- This map lets you plug in your address to see how it's changed over the past 750 million years.
- Indiana officially gets its first national park.
- Inside the Belgian library that tore itself apart.
►I ♥ Lists◄
- Top ten genre-twisting novels.
- Twenty-two amazing apps that will revitalize your love of reading. (I've used four: Goodreads, Audible, Pocket, and Kindle, and I use GPK every day.)
- The twenty-three most unforgettable last sentences in fiction.
- The best classic TV detective shows.
- America's Agatha Christie: ten whodunits by Mary Roberts Rinehart.
- These are the weirdest town names in each U.S. state.
- Fifty literary cameos in 90s movies.
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!