Wine for Dummies, and Other News


On the Shelf


  • Wine for Dummies (yes, like the books) is a real thing, and will shortly be presented to any host who invites me to dinner.
  • In case you were wondering, this summer, Bill Gates will be reading, among other things, The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger and Japan’s Dietary Transition and Its Impacts.
  • Scrapbooks compiled by Ernest Hemingway’s mother throughout his childhood have been made available by the JFK Library.
  • Someone has returned The Real Book About Snakes to Champaign County Library forty-one years late, with a fine in cash. Writes the conscientious borrower, “Sorry I’ve kept this book so long but I’m a really slow reader! I’ve enclosed my fine of $299.30 (41 years—2 cents a day). Once again, my apologies!!”