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Friday Field Notes 091313

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Well, it’s Friday the 13th–and when Friday gets together with the 13th, shenanigans are sure to be afoot. So, how are you holding up? Perhaps it’s just another day. Perhaps it behooves us all to side with Voltaire: I die adoring God, loving my friends, not hating my enemies, and detesting superstition. Whatever your thoughts on the day, I hope you had a good week–and may you have an even better weekend.

With that, a few bits from the field . . .

According to the The New York Times, “Margaret Atwood and Howard Jacobson are the latest authors to be commissioned by Penguin Random House’s Hogarth imprint to write their interpretations of plays by Shakespeare, the publisher is to announce on Monday.”

Apparently, a good many of us lie about reading the great classics (reminds me of a college course in which the professor asked whether we had read such-and-such book. I said no, because I had not, to which he replied, “Ah, an honest one!”).

The New Yorker considers If Holden Caulfield Spoke Russian.

The Tattered Cover notes an interesting tidbit from the book, 1,227 Quite Interesting Facts to Blow your Socks Off:  “In 1900, L. Frank Baum published two books: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and The Art of Decorating Dry Goods Windows.” Those must have been some window displays . . .

Harry Potter characters matched to Myers-Briggs personality types. Your life is now complete.

Also from the Huff Post, an oldie, but a goodie: Friday the 13th: 13 Unlucky Characters in Literature.


  1. GAH! I owe you a book review or two or three. Getting on it this weekend!

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