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Friday field notes 070513


Image: Dictionary Art Print from Vintagraphy

Happy Friday! How are you holding up? It’s been hotter than blazes in our neck of the woods; or, in the words of Jane Austen, What dreadful hot weather we have! It keeps me in a continual state of inelegance.  So true. Really, we’ve no recourse but to grab an ice cold beverage, find a cool spot, and hole up with a good book. I think I’ll start with Don’t Ever Get Old by Daniel Friedman. Have you read it? Did you like it? Wait, don’t tell me–I’m immensely excited to read it and I don’t want to be disappointed.

With that, a few bits of bookish news . . .

It’s official: Penguin Random House announced their merger. Thank goodness they didn’t just throw together a new logo!

This week Kafka would have celebrated his 130th birthday. The Huff Post Books posted a heart-wrenching excerpt of a letter from Kafka to his father.

Who, in the world, spends the most time reading? Funny you should ask . . .

The Guardian is asking for quotes from books or plays that relates to a specific time for their Literary Clock (to be debuted at the Edinburgh international books festival).

We love it when we find something we never knew was lost–especially when that something is a manuscript by a famous author.

Finally, have you gotten into the Books with a letter missing, yet? Good times, that . . .


  1. It’s on my bucket list to be famous when I die so that the hand-written on graph paper novel in the top drawer of my desk will be worth something to my heirs. It’s not easy to die in a famous way. I hope they appreciate all that I will do for them. If I remember to do it, of course. One can never be sure about these things.

    • amelia

      5 July 2013 at 2:18 pm

      Ha! You’re a nut!

      At least you’re off to a great start–I know you’re famous to me . . . 🙂

  2. I’ve started on The Last Lion, a veritable tome that is a tiny bit patriotic, although again on the other side of the pond

    • amelia

      5 July 2013 at 2:16 pm

      Ooh, Churchill. The Last Lion is on my list–but aren’t there two before this one? I need to read those, first!

      • Yes, it’s the last of the trilogy – focusing on when he became PM and WWII. It’s giving me chills and thrills even though I know the ending

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