A handful of links – some older, some brand-new – from around the web:
Slate has put up an interactive, annotated on-line version of Herman Melville’s “Bartleby the Scrivener”, for those of you who might want to read it. (My own attitude toward “Bartleby” is colored by the fact that I once had to teach it in a freshman English lit class, and the typical response to that story from the inevitable classroom wit is exactly what you think it would be.)
A cabinetmaker and scholar of historical furniture reports on a letter to the future found sealed away inside an 18th-century inlaid cabinet by the journeyman cabinetmaker who built the piece.
While I was trawling for other reasons through the archives of Smart Bitches, Trashy Books, I found this post wherein all the Nebula-winning novels from 1965 through 2004 are summarized in haiku.
And, finally, there’s Jim Macdonald having fun again over at his blog.
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The cabinet one sounds really interesting but the link goes to the salon Bartleby article.
Oh, dear. Thanks for spotting that; it should be fixed now.
Thanks! That was well worth reading. I went to Wurzburg recently and it’s right in the middle of huge tracts of farmland – for them to have been so short of food things must have been really dire.