Friday finds

It’s Samuel Johnson’s 300th birthday! Go visit his house and have a slice of birthday cake! Drop a few of his memorable one-liners at a party! Check out his dictionary! Read an annotated version of “London: A Poem”! Check out his birthplace! Or track down the genius episode of Blackadder featuring Robbie Coltrane as the great lexicographer.

So you finally caught up with Roberto Bolano by reading The Savage Detectives and maybe even 2666. Turns out there’s a lot more where that came from.

Amish romance fiction? Who knew?

New Scientist asks some British science fiction writers to come up with flash fiction about the world a century from now. Guest editor Kim Stanley Robinson describes SF as the stories of now. I had no idea Virginia Woolf corresponded with Olaf Stapleton, or that she admired his novels Star Maker and Last and First Men.

How a Jersey Girl found herself by losing God.

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