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Saturday sillies. Gotta have some fun!

Saturday sillies. Gotta have some fun!

So I love the rhyme,but I can’t even lay my hands on a particular book at the moment, there’s just this stack wanting to be read… Next to a stack wanting to be re-read… Next to a pile to be sorted through for teaching purposes.

Maybe I’ll just give up and go to the gym? And grade papers. And then go to the two shows I have tickets for tonight and tomorrow. 

But it’s early and it’s cold outside and curling up with book sounds really good.

So I love the rhyme,but I can’t even lay my hands on a particular book at the moment, there’s just this stack wanting to be read… Next to a stack wanting to be re-read… Next to a pile to be sorted through for teaching purposes.

Maybe I’ll just give up and go to the gym? And grade papers. And then go to the two shows I have tickets for tonight and tomorrow.

But it’s early and it’s cold outside and curling up with book sounds really good.

theparisreview:

James Boswell had more hobbies than just following around Samuel Johnson; he was also “an inveterate execution goer in an age when such activity was considered prurient for a gentleman … Boswell diligently noted the names and crimes of the condemned: robbery, theft, escaping a prison hulk, forgery and murder. He describes a brother and sister convicted of burglary who met their deaths holding hands, only to be separated when they were cut down from the gallows.” He attended at least twenty-one executions, though they gave him nightmares and depressed him. The best hobbies (e.g., writing) often do.
For more of this morning’s roundup, click here.

Talk about macabre!

theparisreview:

James Boswell had more hobbies than just following around Samuel Johnson; he was also “an inveterate execution goer in an age when such activity was considered prurient for a gentleman … Boswell diligently noted the names and crimes of the condemned: robbery, theft, escaping a prison hulk, forgery and murder. He describes a brother and sister convicted of burglary who met their deaths holding hands, only to be separated when they were cut down from the gallows.” He attended at least twenty-one executions, though they gave him nightmares and depressed him. The best hobbies (e.g., writing) often do.

For more of this morning’s roundup, click here.

Talk about macabre!

newyorker:

Nessie weighs in on Scottish independence, in today’s daily cartoon.

How completely fabulous is this cartoon?

newyorker:

Nessie weighs in on Scottish independence, in today’s daily cartoon.

How completely fabulous is this cartoon?

newyorker:

Orangutans, Ferris Jabr writes, possess an extraordinary intellect and have demonstrated a capability for cultural learning:

"At Camp Leakey, the orangutans had plenty of opportunity to observe and imitate people. They soon developed a habit of stealing canoes, paddling them downriver, and abandoning them at their destinations. Even triple and quadruple knots in the ropes securing the canoes to the dock did not deter the apes."

Photograph by Patrick Stollarz/AFP/Getty

Think of Orange Juice…

newyorker:

Orangutans, Ferris Jabr writes, possess an extraordinary intellect and have demonstrated a capability for cultural learning:

"At Camp Leakey, the orangutans had plenty of opportunity to observe and imitate people. They soon developed a habit of stealing canoes, paddling them downriver, and abandoning them at their destinations. Even triple and quadruple knots in the ropes securing the canoes to the dock did not deter the apes."

Photograph by Patrick Stollarz/AFP/Getty

Think of Orange Juice…

I rather like this site that turns tunes into sonnets.

The apostrophes are correctly placed here, unlike in some student papers, so you might learn a bit.

I rather like this site that turns tunes into sonnets.

The apostrophes are correctly placed here, unlike in some student papers, so you might learn a bit.

Not much else needs to be said.

Not much else needs to be said.

Upsetting tradition is justifiable; putting virtually nothing in its place is not.

- John Fowles (via theparisreview)

Here’s a quote to hurt your brain a little tonight.

Sep 9

Poetry

It lifts the veil from the hidden beauty of the world, and makes familiar objects be as if they were not familiar…

Sep 7
I do perform every day day, but it haven’t done one about puns… Yet.

I do perform every day day, but it haven’t done one about puns… Yet.