Links: Marginalia, Emma, & More

Workspace with computer, journal, books, coffee, and glasses.Welcome back to Wednesday Links! How the heck are all of you?

It’s the last Wednesday of July and then some of us will be moving onto the dog days of summer, which is honestly my least favorite time of year where the boob sweat is at its highest.

My brother is returning to his base after his deployment and I’m hoping I’ll get to visit him in Germany soonish, travel restrictions permitting.

If you missed it in the previous Whatcha Reading, Sarah dropped this salacious deep dive into predatory advanced education programs. I also know that Sarah highly recommends Anne Helen Peterson’s substack.

An event that may be of interest to some of you! Debut author Margot Rood is doing an event with Veronica Roth virtually through the bookstore where I work. Her debut, Fresh is a new adult retelling of Emma set at my grad school alma matter! The event is also free and we’ll have signed copies.

I think we can all relate to this reader’s notes on Charles Bukowski.

Enjoy these seven Irish dancers doing their thing to pop music:


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    Escapeologist says:

    Love these Irish dancers! Fancy footwork, great taste in music.

    On a sort of similar note, I just saw these ladies on America’s got talent, a couple of weeks late but what is time anymore… dance starts about 2:30 minutes into the video.

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    hng23 says:

    Make up: A Glamourous History, from the BBC, looks at cosmetic use during three historical periods: Georgian, Victorian & interwar (20s-40s). The presenter is a makeup artist & demonstrates on a model. She also discusses the social aspects of painting one’s face. The best parts, for me, are when she recreates cosmetics from original recipes & then tries them on herself. Fascinating.
    Part 1 is here:

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    DiscoDollyDeb says:

    The best part about the hilarious Bukowski marginalia Twitter thread was this tweet: “Also Bukowski, Ayn Rand or Infinite Jest on the bookshelf are dating red flags. Run girl run.”

    It reminds me of the warnings I always give my daughters: “Anyone who says THE FOUNTAINHEAD, ATLAS SHRUGGED, or THE CATCHER IN THE RYE is their favorite book and/or anyone who mentions Jordan Peterson in a positive way (there’s a lot of overlap there) isn’t worth the effort of dating. Leave immediately.”

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    Blue says:

    For anyone who loves dukes in historical romance and wonders what it’s like to have the title today, I stumbled into this documentary on Youtube today and found it both fascinating and somewhat sad:

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    Blue says:

    Oops, the link didn’t work. It’s here:

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    Amanda says:

    Re: marginalia thread on Bukowski — the note taker was found! Be sure to go check all the commentary. God, I LOVE THE INTERNET! (Said in the same way that surprise titties tiktok that went around—

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    Clare says:

    I am so glad I’ve seen someone finally say that about Catcher in the Rye. This is a joyous day.

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    Kris says:

    If you’ve ever wondered about the ranks of royalty or nobility in England, Lindsay Holiday explains it wonderfully. I love all her videos.

    Hope this works. First time attempting

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    Blue says:

    That’s a great link, Kris! Some of the people in the video I linked had a page full of titles. 😀 There’s also one guy who ran a sign-making business in South Africa and found out one day he had inherited a dukedom. Which sounds straight out of a novel!

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    Kris says:

    @Blue….I always found the ranks and titles a little confusing. Glad you like the link

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    LML says:

    Washington Post used to have a weekend section called Book World which had a half-page poetry corner. Each week the poet laureate introduced a poem. One week it was Bukowski’s Bluebird and that poem hit my sternum like an errant fast ball. After I caught my breath, I bought a book of Bukowski’s poetry.
    Oh, hell, no is the beginning and the end of my opinion of his other poems.

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    Caro says:

    Those Irish dancers, I thought to myself that setting looks familiar and then I realised it should because it’s Eyre Square, about five minutes walk from my house where JFK made a speech when he visited in 1963 so the top part is known as Kennedy Park, fact fans! Amaze your friends, etc, with this trivia!

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    Caro says:

    I probably should add to the above that I live in Galway, in the west of Ireland which is where you’ll find Eyre Square, a plot of land given to the city by Mayor Edward Eyre 1710. There is a very tenuous connection to book Jane Eyre, as the Eyre Family may have been known to the Brontes and we could extrapolate that that’s how Charlotte was inspired to name the title character. It’s a nice story if nothing else!

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