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May 14, 2022

The Moon does its best Mars impersonation

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At first glance it sure fooled me.

In fact, the photo up top is of a total lunar eclipse of the sun, taken on May 26, 2021 over Santa Monica Beach in Santa Monica, California.

But wait — it's gonna happen again tomorrow night (Sunday, May 15, 2022) around midnight.

From an Associated Press story:

A total lunar eclipse will grace the night skies this weekend.

The action unfolds Sunday night into early Monday morning, when the Moon will bath in the reflected red and orange hues of Earth's sunsets and sunrises for about 90 minutes, one of the longest totalities of the decade.

It will be the first so-called "blood moon" in a year.

Observers in the eastern half of North America and all of Central and South America will have prime seats for the whole show, weather permitting.

A total eclipse occurs when the Earth passes directly between the moon and the sun and casts a shadow on the moon.

More?

"Why Does the Moon Turn Red?" by Aparna Kher explains it nicely; read it here.

May 14, 2022 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Rule of Thumb*: The shorter your nails, the less often you need to wash your hands.

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*See what I did there?

May 14, 2022 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Charlotte Brontë's 1829 'Little Book' Returns Home

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[Manuscript entitled "A Book of Ryhmes" (sic) measures 10 cm by 6 cm and was written by the author when she was 13.]

From the Guardian:

A tiny book, smaller than a playing card and containing 10 tantalizingly unpublished poems, is returning home to the West Yorkshire parsonage where it was lovingly written in 1829 by the 13-year-old Charlotte Brontë.

The 15-page manuscript is stitched in its original brown paper covers.

"The following are attempts at rhyming of an inferior nature it must be acknowledged but they are nevertheless my best," Brontë wrote on the verso of the title page. 

Thought lost, it was bought in New York last month for $1.25m (£1m) and, given it measures just 10 cm by 6 cm, it is probably, centimeter for centimeter, the most valuable literary manuscript ever sold.

Its artistic value is also through the roof.

"It is phenomenal really," said Ann Dinsdale, principal curator of the Brontë Parsonage Museum. "I can't quite believe it. I haven't been able to take it all in yet."

The manuscript is one of the "little books" written when Charlotte and her siblings Emily, Anne, and Branwell were children.

Often written for Branwell's toy soldiers, the manuscripts shine light on just how creative and astoundingly talented the four of them were.

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[A drawing of Charlotte Brontë by George Richmond.]

Titled "A Book of Ryhmes [sic] by Charlotte Brontë, Sold by Nobody and Printed by Herself," it is a collection of 10 poems she wrote aged 13.

"She's known for her novels but initially Charlotte wanted to be a poet," said Dinsdale. "We know that she sent samples of her poetry to the poet laureate and she told him of her ambition to be a poet, which is quite something."

The poet laureate was Robert Southey who shamefully advised her against a literary career. "Literature cannot be the business of a woman's life: and it ought not to be," he wrote.

The titles of the poems have been known to experts and are a long way from an isolated parsonage and the windswept moors of Yorkshire.

They include On Seeing the Ruins of the Tower of Babel, Song of an Exile, Meditations While Journeying in a Canadian Forest, The Beauty of Nature, and A Bit of a Ryhme.

Astonishingly, the poems themselves have never been published, photographed, transcribed, or even summarized.

"A Book of Ryhmes" is the last of more than two dozen miniature books created by Charlotte to remain in private hands.

It was last seen at auction in New York in 1916 where it was sold for $520.

It then disappeared with its whereabouts, or survival, unknown until now.

When it emerged that the book would be a star of the recent New York International Antiquarian book fair, the UK's leading literary heritage charity sprang into action.

The Friends of the National Libraries (FNL) was founded in 1931 to help save the UK's written and printed history.

Geordie Greig, the chair of FNL, said they had only two weeks to raise the money to buy the book, which had been a daunting task.

"Saving Charlotte Brontë's little book is a giant gain for Britain," he said. "To return this literary treasure to the Brontë Parsonage (below) where it was written is important for scholars and also students studying one of our greatest women writers."

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Among the benefactors giving money to buy the book are the estate of T.S. Eliot and the Garfield Weston Foundation.

The manuscript is being donated to the Brontë Society whose museum in Haworth, England has the largest collection of Brontë manuscripts in the world.

It already has nine little books, soon to be joined by seven more from the Honresfield Library.

Dinsdale said it was likely all four Brontës made little books or magazines when they were children, although none survive by Anne or Emily.

The four siblings created a sophisticated imaginary world with a nation called Angria and a city called Glass Town, filled with their childhood heroes.

From there came some of the greatest of all novels, none more so than Charlotte’s Jane Eyre and Emily's Wuthering Heights.

Dinsdale said it was absolutely thrilling to be the recipients of such an "extraordinary and unexpected" donation.

"It is always emotional when an item belonging to the Brontë family is returned home and this final little book coming back to the place it was written when it had been thought lost is very special for us."

More?

Your wish is my demand.

A boj post headlined "A lost Brontë library surfaces" appeared on June 2, 2021.

You could look it up.

May 14, 2022 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

'Like I Used To' — Sharon Van Etten & Angel Olsen

May 14, 2022 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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May 14, 2022 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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