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Hemingway’s Cats

The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum has been in an argument with the Feds over the 50 cats that roam the premises. The cats are all descended from Hemingway’s cat, Snowball, and they carry the trait of having six toes. I’m guessing the six toes are on one foot for a total of twelve toes […]

Oscar Wilde

An Oscar Wilde monument has been put up near Trafalgar Square in London. The monument is a bench that features the head and shoulders of Wilde coming up out of the bench. You’re supposed to sit and talk with him apparently. His face also features a cigarette, which has been stolen several times already. The […]

Edith Wharton

Edith Wharton, author of the Carp book Ethan Frome about suicidal tobogonists, is also struggling to keep her house open. Well, she’s not so much struggling as she’s rather dead, but her house is. Apparently, when the economy is tight people don’t want to visit old musty homes with furniture resembling furniture that authors may have […]

Vacation Idea

People take vacations for different reasons. Apparently there is a new trend in vacationing I was not aware of–travelling for the sole purpose of becoming physically ill. A bed and breakfast in Hyde Park, Vermont is now offering Jane Austen Weekend stays. I’m feeling sick just reading their web site description of the weekend.

Ernest Hemingway’s Bear Paw

In For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway wrote about a bear’s paw nailed to the old church door in a small mountain village in Spain. It turns out that there really is a bear’s paw nailed to the church door. Here’s a YouTube video on the bear paw.

Mark Twain’s House

Freakonomics has a post about Mark Twain’s house in Connecticut. Apparently the museum there is struggling due to a lack of funds. As a child I had to visit tons of houses previously lived in by authors. This was not something I enjoyed, but it was better than going to cemeteries. If you enjoy author […]

Beijing Bookstore

Here is a children’s bookstore in Beijing, Kids Republic, that knows how to attract kids. The store “transports it’s pint sized customers into a delightful fairytale world full of color and fantasy, complete with massive story telling screens and play areas. It’s a haven for little imaginations in the heart of one of the biggest cities […]

My Own Pilgrimage

If you are interested, you can read about my very exciting visit to Plimouth Plantation, Plymouth Rock and the Mayflower on my blog.

The Leaning Tower (A bit of Italy in Northern Illinois)

In honor of Italy month, I offer you this quick and easy way to take in a bit of Italian culture. The Leaning Tower of Pisa is a free-standing bell tower for the cathedral in the Northern Italian city of Pisa. It took about 175 years to build, beginning in 1173, and it began leaning […]

Dicken’s World

Dickens World is scheduled to open this month in Chatham, Kent (that's in England, by the way). This is the town where Dickens spent most of his childhood – his father was a clerk at the Naval Dockyard. The town and surrounding area had great inflence on his other writing. Dickens World is a replica […]