Monday afternoon miscellany

  • While I’m all for recycling of human remains, I’ll have to pass on these pencils made from the carbon produced during cremation. Sure, one body yields a lifetime supply, but I don’t need any more reason to be superstitious about my writing habits.
  • A Georgia representative sponsoring a bill that would require display of the Ten Commandments in the state House of Representatives and Senate can only name three of the divine dictates.
  • The Guardian gathers summer reading recommendations from Monica Ali, John Banville, Julian Barnes, William Boyd, AS Byatt, Dave Eggers, Antonia Fraser, Kazuo Ishiguro, David Lodge, Alison Lurie, Hilary Mantel, Pankaj Mishra, Deborah Moggach, Orhan Pamuk, Helen Simpson, Sarah Waters, and many others.
  • The Thomas Hardy Association site includes maps of Hardy’s fictional Wessex. (Via the LII.)
  • Alice Munro’s Vancouver: real and fictional.

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