Stuck-in-a-Book’s Weekend Miscellany

There are three people I routinely refer to as my best friend (playing fast and loose with my superlatives) – one is my lovely brother Colin, one is my dear friend Washington Wife, and the third is wonderful Mel.  (Since her blog isn’t updated, I can link instead to a review she wrote for me, that was for a long time the most read page on my blog.)  They’re all enormously brilliant people, and I am very blessed to know them – and only one of them is biologically predetermined to like me.

I bring this up only because today is Mel’s wedding day, and I’m off to usher (ush?), give a reading, and probably cry.  I’ll leave you with a whole range of links, rather than the usual book, blog post, and link (because there are so many this week), but first of all – I’ve done the prize draw for Stephen Leacock’s Literary Lapses and the winner is Pam from Travellin’ Penguin!  Email me your address, and I’ll get it in the post.  I so enjoyed reading everyone’s favourite things about Canada, and it’s made me even more determined to visit one day.  And how serendipitous that I chose Canada Day to hold the draw!  Right – some links:

1.) You’ll love this list of ‘book titles with one letter missing‘, and accompanying illustrations.

2.) I wrote again for OxfordWords – this time, 5 Words That Are Older Than You Think.  Go and be surprised!

3.) So did Hayley!  She’s written all about the language of whisky.

4.) AND Washington Wife, aforementioned!  A really fantastic article on ‘journalese‘.

5.) Margaret sent me this fascinating article about the letters received after Shirley Jackson’s ‘The Lottery’ was first published in the New Yorker.  Warning: spoilers, so make sure you read the short story (which you can do here) first.

Have a great weekend, all!

11 thoughts on “Stuck-in-a-Book’s Weekend Miscellany

  • July 6, 2013 at 11:52 am
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    Hi Simon
    I have, for the first time, followed each of the links you supplied for the weekend. They led me to sites I would otherwise not have visited. The nicest discovery was for Persephone Books, I have one or two of their books in my collection . Now I can add them to my favourite sites & I have already marked out quite a long list of titles that I want to acquire & read. Oh dear, yet another source of temptation to feed my bibliophile habit!
    Have a great weekend.

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    • July 13, 2013 at 10:19 am
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      Hi Debbie, thanks so much for your comment! Persephone Books are one of my very great joys in life, and I have got dozens of their beautiful, excellent books. Let me know if you want any recommendations!

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  • July 7, 2013 at 3:53 am
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    How exciting to win something! I never win anything. haha. Email is in the mail. Hope you write about the wedding.I love weddings.

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    • July 13, 2013 at 10:20 am
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      I only cried the tiniest bit, in the end. I cry at everything else, why don't weddings set me off?

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  • July 7, 2013 at 12:29 pm
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    Great links Simon. I ordered „A Thousand Darknesses: Lies and Truth in Holocaust Fiction” by Ruth Franklin. She writes about the authors I used to read so I think it’s going to be really interesting and I wouldn’t know about this book without your link, thank you.
    Hope you had a good time and (like Pam) I do hope you will write something about the wedding :)

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    • July 13, 2013 at 10:21 am
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      That does sound a really intriguing book, Agnieszka, for when I'm in the mood for something deep.

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  • July 8, 2013 at 10:12 am
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    Great to see you at Mel & Tom's wedding on Saturday Si. I am concerned that Patch doesn't seem to have been involved in the latest prize selection – is he redundant? Have you found another unbiased selector?

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    • July 13, 2013 at 10:21 am
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      A very good point! He's complaining that it's too hot to be a prize selector, and Fid's offer of flopping him hasn't gone down well.

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