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Introducing…The Big Lebowski

…Or Dude for short…
Big Lebowski

Thank you all for your wonderful suggestions! I suspect Winston Churchill would have been flattered to know that his name is so cat worthy. But I couldn’t resist the Big Lebowski. It’s perfect!!

Have a wonderful weekend!! I’m busy working on my new blog template…hope to launch next week!

Penguin Classics (Red) Editions

So, here’s my latest obsession: UK Penguin’s (Red) Editions….
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I love the text snippets on the covers. It makes the classics seem so current and, well, sexy.

You can see the entire set on the UK Penguin website.

It’s for a good cause: a portion of the money raised from the sale of the books goes to help fight AIDS in Africa.

Electronic Books or Hardcovers?

Damn Dan Brown

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The literary blogosphere continues to buzz with angst and dismay as thousands — or maybe even millions — of people learned the shocking news this week that they write like …Dan Brown. The growing outrage — sparked by a computerized prose analysis on a obscure website called “I Write Like” — could be the biggest controversy involving Brown since the release of his insanely successful but widely reviled book, The Da Vinci Code. (BTW, Audrey Tautou was lovely as Sophie in the movie version.)
In a move that some hoped would calm the fears, the NYT’s Paper Cuts blog weighed in on the controversy Thursday with a post titled “I Write Like…Yeah Right.”

“I entered my last blog post and was told I write like Edgar Allan Poe,” NYT blogger Jennifer Schuessler wrote. “Pretty neat. But then a colleague plugged in a paragraph from Poe’s “Fall of the House of Usher” and was told it sounded like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.”

One reader commented: “Thank you for debunking that. It told me I write like Dan Brown,
and I almost killed myself.”

Brown, meanwhile, has gone into seclusion after learning that he writes like Jane Austen.

PS: Only parts of this post are true. The rest is fiction. I would like to dedicate it to Jonas (I hope you’ve gotten that dreadful program to finally give you Hemingway.)

Also, I have no idea who did the cartoon — now floating freely about the Internet. (Email if you know the source.)

Postcards and Souvenirs

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I’m a predictable flea market shopper. I always end up on a treasure hunt for things I can bring home without much ado…
…Like postcards…
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….Old matchbooks…
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…Fifty-year-old bottles of “My Sin” and pink nylon slips…
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You know, the stuff that’s easy to carry to the car in 105 degree heat.
But someday I’m going to make a grand show of it: I’ll drive up to the flea market at 6 am in a
U-Haul truck with two brawny guys. We’ll cart off all those things I really wanted to buy but didn’t because they wouldn’t fit into the back of my old Mercedes station wagon. (And I didn’t have room in the house anyway. ) … Someday…
Happy Weekend everyone. It’s the third Sunday of the month, which means Long Beach and then coffee at Chuck’s! See you Monday!

I write like…Kurt Vonnegut??

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My friend Carolyn Kellogg at the LA Times’ fantastic Jacket Copy book blog had the most clever post today. She found a website — called I Write Like — where you can enter a few paragraphs of your prose to find out if you write like Hemingway, Chuck Palahniuk or even Bram Stoker. (There are a bunch of other authors ranging from Stephen King to J.K. Rawlings).
Take the five-second test and let me know here how it goes!

If you write like Jane Austen, you win a special prize — a date with Colin Firth! (Joking.)

I was surprised to learn that I write like Kurt Vonnegut. I had no idea Mr. Vonnegut used so many exclamation points in his prose, but I applaud him!!

xo

(Above photo found at F— Yeah, Kurt Vonnegut! on Tumblr.)

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