Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope all of my American readers had a day filled with turkey, family and happiness.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Friday Food For Thought

Faulkner Estate Sues Sony over Quote I'm not sure what the fuss is about here. On the one hand, I understand that the film makers should have asked permission for using the quote, but on the other hand it seems that the Faulkner estate is making a mountain out of a molehill. (@ January Magazine)

Inside the Box with Chris Ware I love this idea. There are different elements to the book and many layers to the story rather than just a straight narrative compiled in one form. It's a unique idea and I'm interested to see how well it pans out. (@ Guernica)

Book publishing crisis: Capitalism kills culture This is a thoughtful reflection on what the Random House-Penguin merger will mean for the future of publishing and American culture as we know it. (@ Salon)

Truman Capote Reads from Breakfast at Tiffany's April 7, 1963 I love hearing authors read their own work. I only wish there was a video to go with the audio. (@ YouTube)

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Literary Pet Names

Cat and books
Photo credit orangeaurochs via creative commons

The house I live in has two resident pets: a chinchilla named Matthias and a cat named Boo.

Both of these names came from books. Matthias comes from the Redwall Series by Brian Jacques, which by the way, you should read if you haven't. Boo, of course comes from To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

The literary pet names phenomena turned out to be a happy coincidence, but we've decided to keep it going. The next cat to come in to our house will be named Scout, especially if it's a girl.

And personally, I've always thought Bartleby would be a great name for a turtle.

Do any of your pet's names come from books? Share them in the comments section.

Monday, November 12, 2012

After the Storm

Hurricane Sandy & Marblehead [Front Street 7]
photo credit: Brian Birke (creative commons)

I'm at a loss for words. Superstorm Sandy has come and gone but two weeks later we are still cleaning up after her. In my house, we went 12 days without power, which seemed like a lifetime, even though I know that we got lucky. We didn't have any flooding or other damage to our house, we have gas stoves and a gas water heater, so the only things we couldn't do were turn on the lights and surf the internet. Boohoo.

Many other people out there lost their homes, their cars, everything. The devastation from the storm is widespread and sadly many families out there are still trying to figure out what they'll do now. There are still families out there that still don't have power.

If you'd like to help the victims of the storm go to to find out what you can do.