Nothing says "Happy Anniversary" like a big bowl of melted
cheese, not to mention metal skewers. Elaine and I made it to
three years of being a legal and state-certified couple
yesterday. We celebrated with some fondue the night before, but
then forgot that yesterday was our anniversary until about
midday. I blame the undercooked meat for my poor memory. Hope
everyone else enjoyed our anniversary. Now these:
The Chicago Tribune takes a look at the seemingly ever-changing definition of "the book" in our electronic culture:
The idea of the book as an inert entity is gradually giving way to the idea of the book as a fluid, formless repository for an ever-changing variety of words and ideas by a constantly modified cast of writers.
One medium that seems to be invading on "the book's" territory, according to the experts, is the blog. "Blogs are pretty significant. It's a popular art form. It's folk art -- it has the inconsistency, but also the vigor and energy, of good folk art. It's very powerful," says William J. Mitchell, head of the Media Arts and Sciences program at MIT.
Even though it isn't mentioned in the movie Capote, Monroeville, Alabama, where Truman Capote lived for a short time in his teens and where he met Harper Lee, who still lives there to this day, is taking pride in being the hometown of two of the most famous literary celebrities in the state's history.
Speaking of Southern writers, Oxford, Mississippi's mayor--and owner of the amazing Square Books--provides a list of some of the essential books in the Southern literary canon.
If you're in the Santa Barbara area this week, you might want to check out the Sartre Centennial Celebration at the UCSB campus:
The celebration will feature a library display showcasing original Sartre manuscripts, a colloquium of renowned international figures, a staged reading of Sartre's play No Exit (“Hell is other people”), and a jazz concert starring two hot local ensembles and a globetrotting French trumpeter.
Fans of Sylvia Plath are clamoring for a monument
to be erected in her honor at her alma mater, Smith College. [Tasteless commentary deleted.]
Try your luck at the Globe & Mail's "Great Canadian Literary Quiz" and you could win yourself a nice prize. I think I would have better luck answering questions about Quantum Physics.