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Sunday, 07 October

10:00

Femme a la Rose, Paul Delvaux, 1936 The Lion of Chaeronea



Femme a la Rose, Paul Delvaux, 1936

06:58

Honey Bee Dance Bees

The second most complex language on the planet. Professor James Gould

We communicate with the alphabet; honey bees are the only other creatures we know of that use symbols: their dance movements. When a bee finds a patch of flowers she goes home and dances for her sister bees. The dance shows the other bees both the direction and the distance to the flowers.

Direction: told by the angle of the dance. For example, if the bee dances straight up the honeycomb it means fly straight towards the sun.
Distance: told by waggling. Each waggle of the bees body means a set distance: eg. one waggle might mean 50 metres, so 10 waggles = 500 metres to fly. A faster waggle dance means the flowers have plenty of nectar.
Remember that bees dance in the dark! The audience gets the message through touch, sound, smell, and taste.

 

 

06:00

Canopic jar of one Ruiu, topped with the head of Horus son... The Lion of Chaeronea



Canopic jar of one Ruiu, topped with the head of Horus son Imsety.  Artist unknown; ca. 1504-1447 BCE (early 18th Dynasty, New Kingdom).  From the tomb of Neferkhawet (MMA 729) at Thebes; now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

01:00

Lake in a Mountain Landscape, Adolf Heinrich Lier (1826-1882) The Lion of Chaeronea



Lake in a Mountain Landscape, Adolf Heinrich Lier (1826-1882)

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Saturday, 06 October

22:53

Cozy Mystery Series Readathon (Nov 2018) POLL to choose the author / series This Is My Truth Now

Based on last months poll, you voted to combine two of the options into a single approach for our November 2018 Readathon. The winner is: Cozy Mystery Series. Many thanks to all the voters and promoters for the readathon. Im very excited to choose a series with 4 or 5 books that we can read all throughout November and post our reviews. Some of the suggestions may have more than 5, but we will only read the first 5. A few have less than 5, so we will just read 3 or 4 depending on what wins. Ive also chosen authors Ive never read before but have on my TBR.

November 2018 - Choose 4 Books to Read & Review (1)

You can choose your top 3 series to read.  The poll is open today through 10/12 (one full week). On 10/13, Ill announce the book series with the most votes. Well have three weeks to buy or borrow the books and set the reading and review schedule. Links to the Goodreads description of the fist book are below the poll to help you choose.

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09:56

Journal de l'cole Polytechnique New Online Books

Journal de l'cole Polytechnique: Mathmatiques (in French and English; 2014-) (full serial archives)

Journal of Graph Algorithms and Applications New Online Books

Journal of Graph Algorithms and Applications (1997-) (full serial archives)

Journal of Computational Geometry New Online Books

Journal of Computational Geometry (2010-) (full serial archives)

A Short Account of the Exemplary Life and Triumphant Death of Theodosia Maxey, a Young Woman of Virginia, Whose Death Happened on the 3d Day of March, 1793 New Online Books

A Short Account of the Exemplary Life and Triumphant Death of Theodosia Maxey, a Young Woman of Virginia, Whose Death Happened on the 3d Day of March, 1793 (Philadelphia: Printed for W. Glendinning by W. W. Woodward, 1794) (HTML at Evans TCP)

A Fairy at Home New Online Books

A Fairy at Home (London: Dean and Son, ca. 1860) (multuple formats at archive.org)

'Tis All for the Best (More) New Online Books

'Tis All for the Best (London: Howard and Evans, ca. 1810), by Hannah More (stable link)

A Guide to Inscriptions Sculptured on Tombstones, &c., Before the Year 1710, in the Parishes of Paisley New Online Books

A Guide to Inscriptions Sculptured on Tombstones, &c., Before the Year 1710, in the Parishes of Paisley (Paisley repository #14; ca. 1810) (multiple formats at archive.org)

A Collection of Birds and Riddles, by Miss Polly and Master Tommy New Online Books

A Collection of Birds and Riddles, by Miss Polly and Master Tommy (York, UK: J. Kendrew, ca. 1820) (multiple formats at archive.org)

A Collection of Fables, For the Instruction and Amusement of Little Misses and Masters New Online Books

A Collection of Fables, For the Instruction and Amusement of Little Misses and Masters (York, UK: J. Kendrew, ca. 1825) (multiple formats at archive.org)

A Gift for a Little Child New Online Books

A Gift for a Little Child (Concord, NH: R. Merrill, 1843) (multiple formats at archive.org)

A History of Beasts, For the Use of Children New Online Books

A History of Beasts, For the Use of Children (8-page edition with elephant title page; Concord, NH: Rufus Merrill and Co., 1843) (multiple formats at archive.org)

A History of Animals, For the Use of Children New Online Books

A History of Animals, For the Use of Children (8-page edition with lion on title page; Concord, NH: Rufus Merrill and Co., 1843) (multiple formats at archive.org)

The Blinded Soldiers and Sailors Gift Book (Goodchild) New Online Books

The Blinded Soldiers and Sailors Gift Book (New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons; London: Jarrold and Sons, 1916), ed. by George Goodchild (multiple formats at archive.org)

The Blinded Soldiers and Sailors Gift Book (Goodchild) New Online Books

The Blinded Soldiers and Sailors Gift Book (London: Jarrold and Sons, ca. 1915), ed. by George Goodchild (page images at HathiTrust; US access only)

The Modern Woodman New Online Books

The Modern Woodman (partial serial archives)

The Student and Family Miscellany New Online Books

The Student and Family Miscellany (full serial archives)

Conformation Hearing on the Nomination of Brett M. Kavanaugh to be Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit (United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on the Judiciary) New Online Books

Conformation Hearing on the Nomination of Brett M. Kavanaugh to be Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit: Hearing Before the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, One Hundred Eighth Congress, Second Session, April 27, 2004 (title as spelled on front page; Washington: GPO, 2005), by United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary (stable link)

09:11

Death Distilled (A Whisky Business Mystery #2) Any Good Book

Author:  Melinda Mullet
Genre:  Mystery

Digital Book; Audio Book
ASIN #:  B01N6FSSUX
Alibi Publishing
240 Pages
$4.99 Amazon
September 5, 2017



It's been three months since Abi Logan last checked in on Abbey Glen, the celebrated whisky distillery she inherited.  With her oversize wheaten terrier, Liam, by her side, Abi returns to the quaint Scottish village of Balfour.  But her relaxing Highland homecoming takes a stressful turn when she unearths an unseemly bit of village history, welcomes a group of Japanese whisky enthusiasts, and becomes sherpherdess to an unexpected flock of sheep - all within the first twenty-four hours.  Still, nothing's more stressful than murder...

Local celebrity Rory Hendricks is the hotheaded, hard-rocking former frontman of the Rebels - and Abi's girlhood crush.  After meeting him in person, Abi can't say no to anything he asks, like photographing his upcoming show...or figuring out who's trying to kill him.  Turns out someone's been bumping off his old bandmates, with the drummer dead under mysterious circumstances and the keyboardist in a coma following a hit-and-run.  Now a series of threatening messages leads Rory to think he's next on the chopping bock.  And the band has a devil's share of broken hearts and bitter disputes in their past, leaving Abi a huge batch of suspects to sift though - all before the killer takes another shot.


Abi Logan is a photojournalist who inherited half of a distillery in Scotland from her uncle.  She's returned home after three months for rest and relaxation, but it's to be short-lived when she receives a cryptic message from a Mr. Rory Hendricks who wants to meet with her, stating they have a mutual friend in common.  Add to this that old bones have been found buried near the Stag pub, and Abi wonders once again about the history of Balfour.

When she meets with Mr. Hendricks she discovers that his other persona was as Mickey Dawson, lead guitarist for the band the Rebels.  He's heard about her and needs her help in flushing out a killer.  Someone is targeting his band mates, and he thinks he's next on the list.  There's also been trouble at his daughter Summer's art gallery, with painting stole...

09:00

Hunt Still Life with a Velvet Bag on a Marble Ledge, Willem van... The Lion of Chaeronea



Hunt Still Life with a Velvet Bag on a Marble Ledge, Willem van Aelst, ca. 1665

05:00

Bronze portrait bust of a Roman matron, possibly Agrippina the... The Lion of Chaeronea



Bronze portrait bust of a Roman matron, possibly Agrippina the Elder, wife of Germanicus and mother of the emperor Gaius (Caligula).  Artist unknown; ca. 20-50 CE.  Now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

03:39

Staff Picks: Bald Heads, Baldwin, and Bruce LaBruce The Paris Review

Photo: Avid Bookshop in Athens, Georgia.

Sabrina Orah Marks Wild Milk, one of the book duo released this year by the small press Dorothy, is a debut story collection that displays just how compelling surrealism can be, even almost a century after the movement itself had its debut. Mark is obviously a talent in the vein of Leonora Carrington, maintaining the strange dreamlike atmosphere of her fiction without losing its sense of substance, using skillfully interwoven images that create tight seams between each story. The slim, square little book, published just this week, is a retreat into the fantastic, poetic, and playfulalthough every so often, much like in a dream, you catch sight of something youre almost certain you recognize from waking life. Lauren Kane

During a recent visit home to southwest Scotland, I was given a copy of Barefoot: The Collected Poems of Alastair Reid, edited by Tom Pow. Originally from Galloway, the itinerant Reid left Scotland for New York in his early twenties. He would call this city home for much of his life, and while the book doesnt yet have an American publisher, countless other copies must have already trickled across the Atlantic. Some will have dropped through letter boxes; others will have been passed from hand to hand before dinner; one, surely, sits on a desk somewhere at his old employer, The New Yorker. While Reid was perhaps better known for his translations, Barefoot focuses solely on his original poems. As such, there is an impression of having the poet to ourselvesa sense that as readers, we dont have to share him. His voice can be stern, though its frequently balanced with a smileyou can almost hear it, sometimes, creeping i...

01:00

Why Charles Aznavours Global Fame Never Reached American Shores The Paris Review

 

When he passed away this week at the age of ninety-four, the singer, songwriter, and actor Charles Aznavour was still touring. He was a living link to the golden age of French chanson. As a young man, he had been maligned as short and ugly, an immigrant with a hoarse voice, but he became a protge of dith Piaf, and then a global star in his own right. While his success in the anglophone world never equaled his renown in other countries, he was, by any reckoning, one of the twentieth centurys most popular entertainers, often referred to as the French Sinatra (Aznavour sang with Sinatra on the latters Duets record). He sang in five languages, appeared in at least thirty films, wrote somewhere in the vicinity of a thousand songs, and sold hundreds of millions of records worldwide.

I am popular because I am like everybody in France, he told Lillian Ross in 1963. My face is the face of anybody. My voice is the voice of anybody. My face is the face of their hope. That face was a soft inverted triangle, with mournful, wide-set eyes over a pursed, ironic mouth and parenthetical dimplesatop the trim, muscular but miniature frame of a lightweight boxer (he described himself as short and a bundle of nerves). He embodied for many devotees of chanson the combination of masculinity and vulnerability, of sincerity and self-conscious drama, that is a hallmark of the style.

As a songwriter, he was at the vanguard of a more personal, naturalistic vision of chanson known as chanson raliste, which emphasized, he said, subjects that were near the knuckle: romantic malaise in You Let Yourself Go, a sympathetic portrait of a gay transvestite in What Makes A Man, the expressionistic masochism of the alcoholic in I Drink. Toward the end of a memoir studded with excerpts of lyrics carefully placed next to relevant memories, he denied that his songs were autobiographical. My originality was in the lyrics, not the music, Aznavour wrote. Take away the music and you can recite them onstage. His early hero, Maurice Chevalier, was shocked at Aznavours songs, which used what he considered a vulgar vernacular and were banned for a time from French radio. There are things one just cant say in chansons, Chevalier told him. Soon ev...

01:00

Southern Courtship, Eastman Johnson, 1859 The Lion of Chaeronea



Southern Courtship, Eastman Johnson, 1859

Friday, 05 October

23:00

Cooking with Richard Brautigan The Paris Review


In watermelon sugar the deeds were done and done again as my life is done in watermelon sugar. I will tell you about it because I am here and you are distant. These are the opening lines of In Watermelon Sugar, the third novel by Richard Brautigan (19351984), a poet who was published twenty-three times in Rolling Stone between 1968 and 1970 and who has been called the last of the Beats. The next lines read: Wherever you are, we must do the best we can. It is so far to travel, and we have nothing here to travel, except watermelon sugar. I hope this works out.

Brautigan achieved literary fame after his second novel, 1967s Trout Fishing in America, captured the hearts of the counterculture and sold two million copies. He went into decline in the late seventies and early eighties and died by suicide in 1984 at age forty-nine. His books had a groovy design, which he controlled, and a kind of Hemingway-influenced minimalism. Theyve sometimes been called lightweight or dated, but his cult status has held nearly forty years after his death, so it seems his work will stand the test of time.

In Watermelon Sugar, my favorite of Brautigans books, is a funny little dislocated story about people living in a commune called iDEATH. The novels plot, such as it is, concerns possessive and materialistic urges leading to tragedy. In this story, the mysterious substance of watermelon sugar makes up shacks, lives, a dress (which smelled sweet because it was made from watermelon sugar), a chair, a state of being, and many things besides. Mixed with trout oil, watermelon sugar powers lanterns and other machines. Its definition slips around, but Brautigan is saying that the things we love form an interchangeable currency at the heart of our livesits all watermelon sugar in watermelon sugar. It doesnt quite make sense, but it feels true. 

 

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