Sunday, January 10, 2010

The Monstrosity Gazette: A weekly smattering of all things literary...

Bookish Quote of the Day:

"Most new books are forgotten within a year, especially by those who borrow them."

-Evan Esar

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Today in Literary History:
On this day in 1845 Robert Browning wrote his first letter to Elizabeth Barrett, so inciting one of the most legendary of literary love stories. The letter belongs to the 'fan mail' category -- the praise of a thirty-two-year-old up-and-comer for one just six years older and already internationally famous -- but it was more than just poet-to-poet: "...I do, as I say, love these books with all my heart -- and I love you too."

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Literary Pic of the Day:



                                                    Thursday Night Book Club- Owl Square Press

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Book on my Radar:

Slow Death by Rubber Duck: The Secret Danger of Everyday Things
by Rick Smith & Bruce Lourie
Nonfiction
Counterpoint, 2010
336 pages

Summary in a Sentence (or two):

Pollution is no longer just about belching smokestacks and ugly sewer pipes—now, it’s personal. This book—the testimony of their experience—exposes the extent to which we are poisoned every day of our lives, from the simple household dust that is polluting our blood to the toxins in our urine that are created by run-of-the-mill shampoos and toothpaste.

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8 comments:

Kirthi said...

The Book on your radar sounds really cool, and hilarious! I love the picture, normally, all I've seen are dogs playing poker!

Ash said...

Great quote and I love the Today in Lit. History!

Melissa said...

I love the cover for the Book on Your Radar...looks interesting!

celi.a said...

Love the quote!

ninefly said...

if you like the premise of Slow Death by Rubber Duck, have you seen The Story of Stuff by Annie Leonard? it's a 20min animated video about the processes behind consumer goods production
http://www.storyofstuff.com/
she also mentions how toxic chemicals are being put into pillows =T

Emma Michaels said...

yeay! 200th follower!

A Bookshelf Monstrosity said...

Emma rules!!

Diane said...

I loved the dogs reading group picture. Congrats on the 200th follower.

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