Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

Video called back to my remembrance by a post on the LM-Net listserv tonight. Take a look.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

I have just begun reading this book.  Picked it up for 50 cents at a thrift shop. The copy I purchased was a One Book / One Campus Program selection by Florida State University. This particular edition begins with a Welcome letter to the class of 2015 by the FSU president Eric J. Barron.  I wonder how many of the freshmen completed the book and attended the new student convocation on Sunday,  August 28, 2001 at theTallahassee-Leon County Civic Center at which Rebecca Skloot was the featured speaker.

Henrietta Lacks was an African-American woman who was the unwitting source of cells which were cultured by George Otto Gey to create an immortal cell line for medical research. This is now known as the HeLa cell line.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

J. K. Rowling for Adults

I am about 3/4 of the way through with the new J. K. Rowling book  Casual Vacancy.  I feel the same way as Emily Layden of the Huffington Post:

"I was not a third of the way through The Casual Vacancy before I began to feel resigned: I would finish because I owed it to J.K. Rowling to do so."

Reviews are all over the internet. Just search and take your pick.

However, I did like this quote from the book in light of the upcoming US election:

                                                                          5.11   At common law, idiots are subject to a permanent legal incapacity to vote, but persons of unsound mind may vote during lucid intervals>
                                                                         Charles Arnold-Baker
                                                                       Local Council Administration,
                                                                    Seventh Edition