“I want a book on…”

Links Since I'm enjoying another of these weeks (and as this the case this time, the twenty-six episodes of Vivat Rex and Stanley Wells's book Shakespeare & Co), expect a couple more lazy posts like this one. I have, however taken time to change the logo bar for something Tony Scott themed, from True Romance.  His recent Unstoppable was underrated by the way.  Made a change to have a story which was just about people doing their job to the best of their ability in order to save the day with only the silly upper management to fight against rather than terrorists or some such.

British Library to publish Arthur Conan Doyle’s previously unseen Arctic diary
"Dangerous Work comprises a full colour facsimile of this remarkable diary, showing Conan Doyle’s clear handwriting and pen-and-ink sketches of life on the Arctic sea, as well as a complete and annotated transcript of the diary and several non-fiction and fiction pieces based on the experience. These include the Sherlock Holmes story The Adventure of the Black Peter; a ghost story set in the Arctic, The Captain of the Pole-Star, which got him noticed in publishing circles as a promising young writer; and a magazine article called ‘The Glamour of the Arctic’ which won him the respect of intrepid Arctic explorers."

Doctor Who Magazine writer Benjamin Cook now has a fan tumblr.
Feels like time has robbed Jeremy Bentham and fair few other writers a similar accolade.

A Professional Assessment of My Little Pony's Twilight Sparkle as a Librarian.
"We see this unwelcoming tone again when Rarity comes to the library, ostensibly asking for a book on historical fashion. Twilight gives her a book, saying “Start with this one,” and then walks away. There are no clarifying questions. Is Rarity looking for a book about historical fashion or an information source, regardless of medium? As a working reference librarian, I can attest that when a patron says “I want a book on…” that patron usually (but not always!) means “I want information about…” and is not concerned about the medium. Twilight ignores this issue and levitates a book over to Rarity."

Jim Emmerson explains his love of Vertigo through its use of colour.
"At Ernie's restaurant, a blood-red San Francisco institution (womb-like -- a place in which a bloody romantic obsession is born), Madeleine appears, walking through a doorway in a deep-green stole and pauses in profile like a mysterious sculpture that Hitchcock scholar François Truffaut reprised four years later, immortalizing the beauty of Jeanne Moreau's Catherine in his film "Jules and Jim." (It is interesting to note that Madeleine often appears through a doorway -- indicating that there's something behind her, in her past, that is only partially visible to us, and to Scottie.) She exits the scene in mirror images -- because, of course, there's not just one "Madeleine," but two."

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