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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Big Mouth Strikes Again

Years later, a passage from The Face in the Frost reminds a reader about wider-than-usual mouths.  Take heed, sir: Kuchisake Onna pops up The Tower at the End of the World

Friday, February 26, 2010

Women in Bellairs' Fiction

What's Kate reading? Bellairs, again, as this prolific reader and blogger (who has reviewed more than a few Bellairs titles) has a new commentary on the female characters in John’s novels.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Light and Shade, Alas! Alas!

Vincent Desjardins is an illustrator and a fan of children's book illustrations who noted he was recently inspired by The Dark Secret of Weatherend

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Monday, February 15, 2010

(Almost) Everywhere Washington Slept

In a 1999 Smithsonian Magazine article, Timothy Foote explained, driven by duty to present himself to the citizens of the shaky new union, young George Washington spent the night in so many inns and private houses that “George Washington Slept Here” became a real estate cliché, as well as the title of a clunky 1940 stage show and 1942 comedy film starring Jack Benny.

One wonders, if the phrase was so popular, if Professor Childermass and Johnny ever saw it on something during the course of their adventures throughout New England.  It would be nice to pretend Washington slept at ... oh, let's say the Fitzwilliam Inn in New Hampshire, the site of The Spell of the Sorcerer's Skull.  However, the inn opened in 1796 and the former president would die a mere 3 years later, so --

Anyway --

Fast-forward to a Feb. 14 Boston Globe article about where Washington slept in Newburyport.  The library of all place.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Top 10 Gorey Titles

In preparation for what would have been Edward Gorey’s 85th birthday later this month, we’re counting down what are, in our meager opinion, the top ten strangest sounding Gorey book titles. Who else could come up with something as arcane as The Eclectic Abecedarium?

Monday, February 8, 2010

Time Capsule: February 8, 1910

February 8, 1910
: 100 years ago today – February 8, 1910 – William D. Boyce incorporated the Boy Scouts of America. Popular legend says that Boyce first learned of the Scouting movement organized by Lord Robert Baden-Powell from an Unknown Scout that gave him directions on a foggy London street in late 1909.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Something About Gorey

Gorey is a village in the parishes of Saint Martin and Grouville on the east coast of the island of Jersey, a British Crown Dependency near the coast of Normandy, France.  Irwin Terry shared some comments about the village at Goreyana: