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Swagger, bump, obscene, luggage: Though the attributions change from time to time based on dating and research, the common wisdom is that William Shakespeare invented more than 1,700 words, many of which we still use today. Some of our favorites: bump, first used in Romeo and Juliet, swagger, first used in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, obscene, first used in Love’s Labor’s Lost, and luggage, first used in King Henry IV, Part I.
Nerd: If you were ever teased in high school for being a nerd, you probably have Dr. Seuss to blame — him and those pocket protectors you insisted on wearing. Seuss’s 1950 children’s book If I Ran the Zoo contains the first printed usage of the word, as a strange little animal one might like to keep locked up: “And then, just to show them, I’ll sail to Ka-Troo/And Bring Back an It-Kutch a Preep and a Proo/A Nerkle a Nerd and a Seersucker, too!”
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He was one of the most influential science fiction writers of the 20th century, but few people consider him a thinker. That would be a mistake.
I have never before considered buying an iPad.
Not even once.
Animalia is (in my opinion) one of the best children’s books of past decades, and I can only imagine that it’d be a great interactive app. Very cool!
From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne
Washington Ballet’s upcoming Alice (in wonderland) by Septime Weber. How fantastic!
Check out these amazing Ex Libris bookplates in the John Starr Stewart Ex Libris Collection at the University of Illinois Library. Beautiful!
The school’s conquering heroes — its chess players — were blowing off steam. On Sunday, in Minneapolis, they became the first middle school team to win the United States Chess Federation’s national high school championship. The team, mostly eighth graders, beat out top high schools like Stuyvesant in Manhattan and Thomas Jefferson in Alexandria, Va.
The victory burnishes what is already a legend in the chess world. At I.S. 318, more than 60 percent of the students come from families with incomes below the federal poverty level. Yet each stairwell landing bristles with four-foot chess trophies, and the school celebrities are people like James A. Black Jr. A 13-year-old with twinkly eyes and curly eyelashes, James is not a football hero or a valedictorian, but a certified chess master who gently corrects his teachers on the fine points of strategy.
What an amazing kid!!!
Come join us on Saturday at the Sacramento Antiquarian Book Fair! It’s our first year attending and we’re very excited (and nervous!) We’re bringing more than a hundred beautiful books, as well as signed broadsides and ephemera.
It will be held at:
Scottish Rite Temple, 6151 “H” Street, Sacramento 95819
The fair will be open from 9:45 am to 5 pm. Entrance is $5 and there is free parking on site.
Visit sacbookfair.com for more information.
Please come visit our booth and say Hi!
Abandoned Gulliver’s Travels Amusement park Kawaguchi-machi, Japan
Taken inside City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco, CA. This sweet kid kindly allowed me to photograph his sneakers. Love that he’s reading the Book of the Dead.
A movie adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games will be released in theatre this week. One of my favorite webcomic illustrators, Faith Erin Hicks, posted this on Tor.com. Her comic, Friends With Boys, is now available as a graphic novel from First Second.