Yesterday, I was so productive but today, I’ve been in total procrastination mode. Of course, I will blame the internet. So, to top off today’s procrastination, here are 5 things from the internet that I have been keeping my attention.
- Pardon my nerd alert, but as someone who studied ancient and classical civilizations and texts as a college student (although, all my knowledge of it is starting to slip away these days), my interest this morning was perked when I read about the digitization of ancient texts by the Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford and the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican Library). There are even photos of how they do it!
- Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is being made into a film. This book was incredibly popular when I was a kid and it was always checked out of the library. My mild interest only led me to read one story from it (something about a disembodied toe?) but it was such a huge draw then, that I’m curious to how the film will be adapted.
- D.H. Lawrence preferred climbing mulberry trees stark naked to stimulate his imagination or so says the fascinating blog, Interesting Literature. 12 Fascinating Facts About Famous Literature has been collected over at HuffPost accumulated from the aforementioned blog.
- So, NPR has decided not to have any year-end book lists this year. That’s okay because I must admit, I get a little tired of the massive amount of end of the year lists lurking around every corner. But wait! Check out NPR’s new Book Concierge to assist with all levels of book choice decision making.
- Britain’s most dreaded literary prize, Bad Sex in Fiction Award, has been announced….The City of Devi by Manil Suri. Although, the author didn’t pick up the prize, his publisher accepted it on his behalf. The committee specifically targeted this passage,
Surely supernovas explode that instant, somewhere, in some galaxy. The hut vanishes, and with it the sea and the sands – only Karun’s body, locked with mine, remains. We streak like superheroes past suns and solar systems, we dive through shoals of quarks and atomic nuclei. In celebration of our breakthrough fourth star, statisticians the world over rejoice.