Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Unfortunate Children Who Find Weird Stuff In Their Walls

What weird stuff in walls would you find?
We assume you can probably figure out which one of John’s books is discussed from this wonderfully-worded title.  Thus, here's Kate working in a northwest Philadelphia library:
Everyone knows that ordinary-looking wardrobes are connected to magical lands, and unassuming train platforms can lead to adventure in other worlds. But what else is hidden in the everyday objects around you? The books I'm going to tell you about today all feature quirky characters who fall on hard times - usually orphans or outcasts - and end up living in strange houses that lead to other worlds. You'd be amazed what you can find in your walls, for instance. Haven't you always wondered if that scratching you hear at night is a mouse... or a boggart?!
Besides House how many can you think up?


Thursday, April 24, 2008

Something About 'Lost Hearts'

Lost Hearts
We've noted some of the similarities between the introduction to The House with a Clock in its Walls and M.R. James’s Lost Hearts. Now you can see some screen shots from a 1970s-era adaptation of Lost Hearts (which looks creepier than the 1970s-era adaptation of The House with a Clock in its Walls, for that matter). A warning to the curious (!) but this is not for faint-hearted.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Creature Of Sale

Jeremiah Cronin, Jr. House
We don't usually do what Bishop Barlow does - playing the part of realtor - but we this was too good to not pass along.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

About Those "Notes" Found In The Desk Of A New York Advertising Executive...

Pope Benedict XVI
Maybe it’s because we were immersed in trying to understand Saint Fidgeta and Other Parodies a few years ago that we cracked a smile at the news that Pope Benedict XVI is making his first visit to the United States this week. This will be the ninth time a pope has visited the United States and Benedict XVI becomes only the third pope to do so, followed by John Paul II (seven visits) and Paul VI’s first, and historic, visit to New York City.