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Burning Books, Listening to Just Kids, Casting Fleming

May 22, 2012 | by

  • For those with Spotify, all the songs mentioned in Just Kids, in playlist form. (Perfect for a rainy day!)
  • Duncan Jones has signed on to direct a biopic of Ian Fleming, based on Andrew Lycett’s The Man Behind James Bond. Everyone knows the man himself okayed Sean Connery to play 007, but who should fill the enigmatic writer-spy’s shoes?
  • A letter from Edgar Allan Poe to Sarah Josepha Hale, author of the poem “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” has sold at auction for $164,000. In it, Poe refuses an offer to publish in Hale’s magazine, explaining, “To send you a crude or hastily written article would be injurious to me, and an insult to yourself—and I fear that I could, at present, do little more.”
  • William Peter Blatty, better known as the author of The Exorcist, is suing Georgetown University in church court, disputing his alma mater’s right to still call themselves Catholic given some of its secular policies.
  • “Frat boys burning textbooks to celebrate graduation burn down frat house.”


    1. Irene | May 22, 2012 at 8:47 am

      Sarah Josepha Hale is also the woman who invented Thanksgiving. There had been talk of such a holiday before, but Hale convinced Lincoln that it would be a good thing to have a national holiday of celebration to heal the conflicts of secession and war.

    2. PaulR | May 22, 2012 at 10:32 am

      Go LA Tech! Sadly, LA Tech was always viewed as the more intellectual college in the rivalry between Tech and my alma mater (ahem), the University of Louisiana at Monroe. I don’t miss the place.

    3. Sadie Stein | May 22, 2012 at 10:32 am

      Thank you, Irene! You’ve sent me down a SJH rabbit-hole…she was fascinating!

    4. Mack | December 11, 2015 at 9:11 am

      Sarah Hale has much to answer for, then!

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