Friday finds


OIM ‘ERE TER PAINT YER MOON-STAH! For a mere six bucks, Will scored this striking 1939 edition of Beowulf with gorgeous illustrations by Lynd Ward. Grendel’s mom doesn’t look much like Angelina Jolie, but the paintings (and the black-and-white spot illustrations) look great anyway.

How do you bend a bunch of roughneck Baltimore middle-schoolers to your will? You threaten them with Doc Watson, of course.

A paleontologist ponders the anatomy and physiology of Godzilla (PDF). A photographer considers the skyline possibilities of a Godzilla-shaped skyscraper in Tokyo. And if you think Godzilla’s scary, better not get his lawyers mad at you. Watch the Japanese Godzilla kick the American retread to the curb — or do I mean the Sydney Opera House?

Montclair resident Janice Harayda pens One-Minute Book Reviews.

Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows is 110 years old, but it still makes Gary Kamiya feel 14 again. Laura Miller recalls how the religous themes in C.S. Lewis’ “Narnia” books started her on the road to skepticism.

Real-life people who inspired pop songs: Holly Woodlawn (“Walk on the Wild Side”), Melanie Coe (“She’s Leaving Home”), and Suzanne Verdal (“Suzanne”), among others.

Spend some quality time with the New York Public Library Video Series.

Here’s where to find out how Jacques Barzun, Emily Post, Franz Kafka and T.C. Boyle organized their days.

Check out the Canal City waterworks:

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One thought on “Friday finds

  1. Perezoso says:

    “…. religious themes in C.S. Lewis’ “Narnia” books started her on the road to skepticism.”””

    That’s understandable. Reading Mere Christianity, and Lewis’s abridged classical arguments for the Almighty, a semi-rational person soon realizes theological reasoning has little to with ordinary reason, logic, or scientific thinking. His points on “morality” are especially amusing: Lewis asserts that since people have ideas (ideas which CS assumes are “innate”) of justice, morality, ethics, etc. God must therefore exist–about like saying since you have an idea of a unicorn, unicorns must exist.

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