So many interesting and funny things landed in my inbox this week. I hope you enjoy some of these links – they made my brain very happy!
First up: how do you say stuff? From Scrin and also Karina Bliss comes this link to a set of maps published by PhD student Joshua Katz revealing pronunciation variations between American regions. Some weren't true of me at all, but some were spot on, and matched language changes I noticed when I moved from Pittsburgh (codeword: yinz) to Columbia, South Carolina (codeword: y'all).
Understatement of the day:
Everyone knows that Americans don’t exactly agree on pronunciations.
Regional accents are a major part of what makes American English so interesting as a dialect.
You can see the complete set of maps as well, with the questions that were asked.
Speaking of talking, thanks to Joanna, here is Benedict Cumberbatch reading Keats' Ode to a Nightingale:
Joanna says, “You're welcome.”
ETA: I was so confused why I couldn't find this in the US, but I think I figured it out. In the US, there's a collection called “Words for You” of awesome-voiced people reading various pieces of writing, but …. it is Cumberbatchless! What's that about?
The UK version, called “Words for You: the Next Chapter,” has all the things from Words for You PLUS Cumberbatch and other pieces of writing read by other awesome-voiced people. Like Benedict Cumberbatch reading “Jabberwocky.” Words for You: The Next Chapter is also available from the iTunes store for 10,99 €.
I'm over at Kirkus this week talking about some of the books I plan to read this month, some new, some reprints of older classic Regencies:
Summer is for reading! Summer Reading is a big ol' list-making opportunity for all the people who write the words, right? And what's bonkers about my making a summer reading list is that I don't read more or less during the summer than I do any other season. I read constantly. But I know that more vacations happen in summer, and more people park themselves in leisurely positions for hours at a time with the express purpose of absorbing vitamin D from solar sources, and taking extended time for reading.
So here's a brief list of what I'm looking forward to reading this month. Please note: These are not all new books. Some have been out for ages, but I just discovered them, so they're “new” to me. I know publishing likes to push what's brand new, but if you haven't read it before, it's all new—all the more reason to read more every day, right?
What are you reading this month? Anything you're really looking forward to?
And finally, thank you to the many people who sent me this link: a California court of appeals has ruled in favor of an inmate who wanted to read werewolf erotica and was told she couldn't because the book was obscene. I didn't think I could enjoy reading a decision so much, but there's a first time for everything. Not only did the decision include analysis of the content of the book, but it also included a literary analysis of the merits of the book:
For the foregoing reasons, we find The Silver Crown does not lack serious literary value and thus should not have been withheld from petitioner on grounds of obscenity. We feel certain the book should be protected by the First Amendment in ordinary commerce, and our analysis of Penal Code section 2601 concludes it is therefore allowable reading for inmates.
I hope Ms. Martinez enjoys her book very, very much.