A+ to this book

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Unauthorized excerpt:

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Lot of the feel of David Markson’s books, Boyland’s copies of which I read all in one fall in NYC.

This novel contains much information and true stories in it, which I always enjoy:

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This was so interesting was that I looked into more about Komarov:

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He successfully re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere on his 19th orbit, but the module’s drogue and main braking parachute failed to deploy correctly and the module crashed into the ground, killing Komarov. According to the 1998 bookStarman, by Jamie Doran and Piers Bizony, as Komarov sped towards his death, U.S. listening posts in Turkey picked up transmissions of him crying in rage, “cursing the people who had put him inside a botched spaceship.”

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As always, the more you read about the story the more interesting it gets.  Did they really hear his screams?

Komorov is one of the people honored in the Fallen Astronaut memorial left on the moon by David Scott on the Apollo 15 mission.

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If you’re looking for that it’s over on the Hadley Rille:

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According to NASA, the origin of lunar sinuous rilles remains controversial.[1] The Hadley Rille is a 1.5 km wide and over 300 m deep sinuous rille. It is thought to be a giant conduit that carried lava from an eruptive vent far to the south. Topographic information obtained from the Apollo 15 photographs supports this possibility; however, many puzzles about the rille remain.

 


Hank the Cat gets it

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(Thanks to JK for the photos)


Jim Harrison

Briefly shared a publisher, Grove/Atlantic, with Jim Harrison, which made me feel cool.  Some gems in his New York Times obituary:

There was the eating. Mr. Harrison once faced down 144 oysters, just to see if he could finish them. (He could.)

“If you’ve known a lot of actresses and models,” he once confided with characteristic plain-spokenness to a rapt audience at a literary gathering, “you return to waitresses because at least they smell like food.”

 

Mr. Harrison had his detractors. With its boozing and brawling and bedding, his fiction was often called misogynistic. He did himself no favors with a 1983 Esquire essay in which he called his feminist critics “brie brains” and added, in gleeful self-parody, “Even now, far up in the wilderness in my cabin, where I just shot a lamprey passing upstream with my Magnum, I wouldn’t have the heart to turn down a platter of hot buttered cheerleaders.”

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Pigment Collection

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The history of pigments goes back to prehistoric times, but much of what we know about how they relate to the art world comes from Edward Forbes, a historian and director of the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University from 1909 to 1944. Considered the father of art conservation in the United States, Forbes traveled around the world amassing pigments in order to authenticate classical Italian paintings. Over the years, the Forbes Pigment Collection—as his collection came to be known—grew to more than 2,500 different specimens, each with its own layered backstory on its origin, production, and use.

from this Fast Company article by Diana Budds (great name) about a color library at Harvard.


Cuba

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Air Force One carrying US President Barack Obama and his family flies over a neighborhood of Havana as it approaches the runway to land at Havana’s international airport on March 20. (Alberto Reyes/Reuters)

Two good ones from The Boston Globe’s The Big Picture

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Local residents look on from a hilltop as police block off a road outside the Hemmingway House, where US First Lady Michelle Obama was visiting, in the San Francisco de Paula district of Havana on March 21. (Rebecca Blackwell/Associated Press)


No! We do it like this.

 

 

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So much that is amazing in this RuPaul interview in NY Mag, but this jumps out:

Is there anyone who interests you in pop culture right now?
The only person who interests me in pop culture right now is Judge Judy. That’s it. Because of the realness — she has kept the story of mankind. There’s a certain decorum and civility that keeps our society together, and it has crumbled so much in the past, really, 20 years. But when you watch her during that hour in the afternoon, she has remembered it and is saying, “No! We do it like this.” And I love it! She remembers the rules of civility. Because if you’ve gotten to the point where you need to go to court to figure out what to do, then you’ve lost your right to be cocky. You need someone. You need a mediator. And she’s that person.

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Hurray for Bookstores!

 

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Bookstores are so pretty.  Here is a bookstore I saw in Barcelona.  I mean man.

Some of my all-time favorites are The Harvard Book Store in Cambridge:

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Marfa Book Company in Marfa, TX:

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Elliot Bay Books in Seattle:

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(their Instagram is like 50% adorable dogs)

and Three Lives Books in NYC:

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LA is a great bookstore town, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.  There is Book Soup, right on the Sunset Strip:

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And Skylight:

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The Last Bookstore is almost like a book theme park:

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Iliad Books in North Hollywood:

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And the granddaddy in Pasadena, Vroman’s:

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I will be coming to some bookstores to promote my new book, The Wonder Trail: True Stories From Los Angeles To The End Of The World, in June of this year.  My book cover straight up looks good:

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and will brighten any bookstore.  Can’t take the credit for that, it goes to kickass cover designer Anna Laytham, who says:

I’ve done a fair bit of traveling myself in the last couple years, and as a designer find all the vibrant color and beautifully imperfect handtype to be one of my favorite parts of being in an unfamiliar place. I was happy to express some of that feeling on your cover!
And hell yeah people judge books by their cover! I certainly do. Thats why I design them 🙂

Especially looking forward to a trip down to Laguna Beach Books:

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If you work in a bookstore and want me to come visit, get at me!

helphely@gmail.com.  If at all possible I would love to do it.

And thank you for your great service to our nation!

(photo credits: Helytimes / Harvard Book Store / Marfa Book Co. Facebook / Elliot Bay insta / Google Street View / Google Street View / Skylight Twitter / Helytimes / Iliad Twitter / Helytimes / Rachel Orminston Caffoe for Vroman’s found here