February 9, 2009
I thought this was a joke – but apparently not. Have any of you been to Alcatraz? It is not only a National Park, but the state of this relic suggests to me a certain lack of, um, security. Here is more about the “controversy.”
Since John Updike’s recent death, there has been a lot of articles about this Pulitzer Prize winning author. He wrote his fair share of short stories and novels, but he was also a literary critic. In June 2006, Critical Mass featured an article about John Updikes Rules for Reviewing that is worth reading – especially for bloggers who like to review books on their blogs.
(Smokey photo: copyright Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care, Inc.) Do you remember this story? Smokey was rescued from the fires in Shasta County last summer by a fire fighter…his little paws were burned and he needed extensive medical care – which he received through the Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care Center. The center kept a blog about Smokey which is loaded with videos and photos. The best news is that Smokey was released back to the wild last week.
More about banned books from Fahrenheit 451 blog.
Are you a coffee drinker like I am? Then you might be interested to know there are stovetop espresso makers out there which are absolutely gorgeous. But I have a question…how do these work exactly? Anyone know?
Check out this interesting study by Washington University which discovered that certain parts of readers’ brains lit up when reading about certain activities. “For instance, if a character pulled a light cord in the story, the frontal lobe region, which controls grasping motions, would increase in activity.” So simply reading about an action causes our brains to act as if we are doing that action. Maybe an alternative to exercise!?!?
So have you found anything interesting in the news lately? Please share!!!