1. Green & Blue are back! Come visit the newly remodeled rooms starting August 1!

     

  2. "Between the 1880s and World War I, Hawthorne worked as the literary editor of the New York World, interviewed Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla, covered the scandalous Stanford White murder case, reported on the 1900 Galveston hurricane and starvation in India, published five detective novels, became a friend of presidential hopeful William Jennings Bryan, and wrote frequently about sports for various newspapers (being among the first to predict the greatness of Babe Ruth). But needing money in 1908, Hawthorne foolishly lent his name and pen to what turned out to be a bogus silver mine scheme. Convicted of fraud, he served a prison term — and in 1914 produced a major exposé of penal conditions called The Subterranean Brotherhood."
    — He befriended Mark Twain. His father wrote The Scarlet LetterHe drank wine with Oscar Wilde, George Eliot and Henry James, and William Randolph Hearst once hired him as a reporter. He even published a few books to critical acclaim. So why do so few of us know anything about Julian Hawthorne? In the WaPoMichael Dirda reviews a new biography. (h/t Arts and Letters Daily)

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  3. It’s going to be okay guys! #Repost from @mgartistry —- All these books! @powellsbooks

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  4. A classic!

     
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  6. "Things we lose have a way of coming back to us in the end, if not always in the way we expect."
    — J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (via feellng)

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  7. em-chen:

    " ‘…It’s more of a clafoutis.’

    Frida could have laughed. She hadn’t heard that word in a long while. 

    'Think of it as a sweet pancake,' Anika explained. 'It's French, and traditionally made with cherries.'

    'I know what it is, Anika.'

    'Do you now?'”

    California, Chapter 13

    I was inspired by this passage to finally bake a clafoutis. I’ve been meaning to try out this recipe and had an overabundance of both cherries and time this weekend. 

    I’m not sure Anika actually knew what a clafoutis is or if she was intentionally being obtuse to test Frida. It’s definitely not what I would describe as a “sweet pancake” since it has such a thick, custard-y batter and baked flan-like texture. It was a simple recipe with common ingredients that would no doubt be extremely difficult to acquire in Frida’s reality. I felt a little guilty that I still had the luxury of baking a dessert like this when she ordinarily could not. Surprisingly, baked cherries taste no different than the cherries that come in canned pie filling (do not like…). Pretty sure that I’m going to avoid baking cherries from now on. However, it was very light dessert, despite it’s heavy appearance.

    The clafoutis was an analogy for how I felt about the middle chapters of California. I was expecting something heavier, more menacing in these chapters, but was presented with a more day-in-the-life view of the settlers of the Land. Cal was definitely justified in his growing paranoia, especially with bits of Micah’s crazy popping up every so often like the unexpected taste of baked cherries for me in each bite. I also wondered if the reason why Anika didn’t have cherries was because of her/their fear of the color red, or if it was actually due to a lack of supply. 

    The idea of the clafoutis and the flavors I was expecting of it was much like how the ideals and practices of the Plankers played out in the Land. A little lackluster, disappointing. It looked pretty, but didn’t have the substance I was looking for. To quote another reblogbookclubber: “While [the] seminar is a very powerful method of learning and dealing with texts, there is also the danger of only living in hypotheticals.” In theory, it sounds like it would be great! In practice, not so much. 

    Although what do I know. My mom loved it. 

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  9. #Repost from @followedbyorchids —- New sticker for the laptop. Finally put it on. Thanks Mark! :) #powellsbooks

     
  10. What’s currently your favorite book to read at the beach? (at Powell’s Books At Cedar Hills Crossing)