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November 21, 2019

Young Men's Magazine — Charlotte Brontë (1830)

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From the Guardian: "The second issue of Young Men's Magazine, a miniature manuscript written by Charlotte Brontë when she was 14 years old in 1830, is displayed before being put on auction in Paris."

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From the New York Times: "The Brontë Society in Haworth, England, announced on Monday that it had acquired the miniature magazine for $777,000 (including fees) at the auction house Drouot in Paris."

November 21, 2019 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

VEGAN PETS ARE NOT A THING

"RESPECT THE ANIMAL INSIDE"

Love this commercial.

November 21, 2019 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

The Bodo's guy who gave me two containers of cream cheese would be a star anywhere

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OMG.

This past Sunday around 10 a.m. I went to Bodo's for two dozen bagels, cream cheese, salads, and an egg/cheddar/sausage-on-everything bagel.

When they called my number — 432 — I looked in all the bags to make sure everything was there.

Oops: no cream cheese!

I said to the guy at the counter, "I thought I ordered two containers of cream cheese... but I may have forgotten....

He didn't even look at my order slip: instead, he quickly opened the refrigerator and pulled two containers of cream cheese and put them in my bag.

"No problem," he said, then went back to doing what he was doing.

I checked my receipt: I forgot to order cream cheese.

Tell you what: that guy did what I would have done but what 99.9% of people in his position wouldn't have.

Except that Bodo's peeps are uniformly wonderful and 99% of people wouldn't be hired to work there.

November 21, 2019 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Susan Choi emerges

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Don't take my word for it: full story in yesterday's New York Times article.

For those who missed my June 15, 2019 post: "A couple weeks ago, it was Susan Choi's superb new novel, 'Trust Exercise.'"

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On August 19, 2019, I wrote about her second book, "American Woman":

I just finished this 2003 novel based on the Patty Hearst kidnapping.

Choi's second book, it was a Pulitzer Prize finalist.

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Like all three of her novels I've read previously, it's excellent.

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Her characters seem as real as real people; they come to life in your mind like living, breathing holograms.

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Add her to the short list of authors all of whose books I've read (or will have read), each new one a must-read.

November 21, 2019 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Inflatable "Star Wars" Storm Trooper

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From the website:

A must-have for any fan of the George Lucas franchise.

Exclusive to Japan (where "Star Wars" is huge), this brilliantly detailed, near-life-sized doll recreates the look of the new style of stormtrooper seen in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."

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Keep this First Order stormtrooper in your bedroom, office, or by your front door, so the world knows who is protecting you!

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Features and Details:

• 3 air plugs

• Size (inflated): 69"H x 36"W x 15"D

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$289.

November 21, 2019 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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