This edition of "Because You Need More Books" is being blogged live from Portland, Oregon, the home of Powell's City of Books. This bookstore managed to live up to my high expectations (the Rare Book Room--le swoon) and I purchased The Silent Duchess and George Eliot's The Lifted Veil and Brother Jacob for $5.50--total. I then spent all the money I'd saved buying a pair of Brazilian bombshell heels at Imelda's. Mission accomplished.
"Narrated by acclaimed actor Peter Coyote, this fast-paced short film
rolls together archival footage, graphics, animation, Barbie dioramas
and slam poetry to take viewers on an exhilarating ride through Jewish
history and culture." Event details here.
There is a very long-standing and ill-founded prejudice against the
employment of women as agents, yet it is curious that in the history of
espionage and counterespionage a very high percentage of the greatest
coups have been brought off by women.
Breaking news: SFist reports that parts of Beethoven's skull have turned up in a safe deposit box in... Danville? Scientists hope to learn from the fragments whether or not the brilliant composer died of lead poisoning.