And now, I go back to listening. :)
Edit: Pausing again, less than three minutes later, to squee about having just heard the story of how one of you got your name. Is there an emoticon for shit-eating grin?
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She began to sew. At midnight, she went to bed and Louis took up where she had left off. At dawn, she rose and began cutting buttonholes and adding buttons. By ten in the morning, the aprons were finished. Louis gathered them up over his arm and ventured out onto Hester Street.Then, on p, 145:
"Children's aprons! Little girls' aprons! Colored ones, ten cents. White ones, fifteen cents! Little girls' aprons!"
By one o'clock, all forty were gone.
"Ma, we've got our business," he shouted out to Regina, after running all the way home from Hester St.
The day after Louis and Regina Borgenicht sold out their first lot of forty aprons, Louis made his way to H.B. Chiflin and Company.... He had in his hand his and Regina's life savings &mdash $125 &mdash and with that money, he bought enough cloth to make ten dozen aprons.Insert needle-scratching-record sound effect here. You're not going to make a lot of money selling aprons for ten or fifteen cents a piece when you're paying a buck each for materials.
"Is your mama a llama?" I asked my friend Dave.
"No she is not," is the anser Dave gave.
"She hangs by her fet and she lives in a cave.
I do not believe that's how llamas behave."
Another '50s hero is being resurrected from the archives: sci-fi superstar Robert A. Heinlein. Via Quill & Quire (subscription required), we hear about the discovery a few years ago of Heinlein's outline and notes from 1955 for a novel he never completed. Heinlein's literary executors signed Spider Robinson, who was inspired to write by Heinlein and later became his friend, to give life to Heinlein's ideas, and the result comes out in September as Variable Star. (Read more on the project at Robinson's own website.) These sorts of collaborations with the dead are usually recipes for disaster, but Robinson's own skills and his respect for the master give one hope. If the rave blurb you can find on our detail page from Byrds member and Heinlein aficionado David Crosby is any measure, he pulls it off. (The early Publishers Weekly review on our site judges that Robinson captures Heinlein's "naiive yet advanced tone," but finds a clash in sensibilities at work.) --Tom, Books Editor
Dr. Seuss would have been 101 last Wednesday. I found this via a friend's journal; it's lovely and IMHO well worth reading in its entirety:
I read them when young, and I read them today,
For Seussian books can be read many ways.
I read them to learn about whimsy and wist.
I read to explore the landscapes cubist.
I read them on the phone to friends who are troubled
I read when I'm happy, and my joy is then doubled.
And if someday I'm blessed with some daughters or sons,
I'll know what do to: Buy Seuss books by the tons!