7.14.2006

First Folio Update

The copy of the First Folio that was autioned at Sotheby's yesterday fetched 2.8 million pounds (approximately $5.2 American). More here.

7.13.2006

Updates and News

Cripes, it's been almost a month since I've updated this blog. (Well, apart from the new icon that I put in the profile the other day.) My only excuse is that most of my free time has been given over to working on a presentation, a paper, and a research project that involves another paper and presentation. On the plus side, I will get my projects done--and done well--with time to spare. The bad news is that I don't have time for much else.

In the time I have stolen from my projects, I have managed to read the following books (not in order):

1. Twelve Sharp, by Janet Evanovich
2. The Hard Way, by Lee Child
3. The Cold Moon, by Jeffrey Deaver
4. Kushiel's Dart, by Jacqueline Carey
5. Kushiel's Chosen, by Jacqueline Carey
6. Danse Macabre, by Laurell K. Hamilton
7. Kushiel's Scion, by Jacqueline Carey

And, a paltry 25 more pages in War and Peace. Tcha.

Oh, and I have some interesting tidbits of book news. Read them before they move the pages.

--The First Folio went up for auction today. John Mullan at the Guardian wrote this piece about rare book auctions. He's got a knack for those funny turns of phrase that some British writers seem to have. When writing about Tyndale's translation of the Bible into English, he wrote "The agents of Henry VIII were diligent in destroying copies of this heretical publication, ensuring its future market value."

--They held the annual Bulwer-Lytton contest this week. Here's a bit from the Guardian's Culture Vulture about the winner.

To be honest, the sentence submitted by the runner up, Stuart Vaseperu of Scotland, made me laugh more:

"I know what you're thinking, punk," hissed Wordy Harry to his new editor, "you're thinking, 'Did he use six superfluous adjectives or only five?' - and to tell the truth, I forgot myself in all this excitement; but being as this is English, the most powerful language in the world, whose subtle nuances will blow your head clean off, you've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel loquacious?' - well do you, punk?"

Enjoy.