Greetings and welcome to the Slippery When Wet Edition of You are What You Read. Here’s hoping this weekend’s storms cool things down a bit. First we have some housekeeping to take care of. Thanks to Pam M for our first taffy of the season! Thanks Pam! Frankly People, we were getting worried about this. Thus far, there have been no fudge sightings but we still have August. Let’s get on that Offering Situation People. The Corpse Flower was slightly delayed and is now opening as we speak. In Animals Run Amok News there have been whales spotted in the Sound. Why they are visiting Long Island Sound with all the wonderful seas they could be cavorting in I can’t tell. But they are. Silly whales. Learn about that from CT Post.
High summer is here and the the whining is fevered. “I’m bored.” “There’s nothing to do.” My own mother used to counter these complaints with, “Only boring people get bored. Now go outside.” Mom said this no matter what time of year by the way. There could be a blizzard going down and she’d say “Go outside.” Anyway, turns out dear mom may have been on to something. About the bored thing not the outside thing. Studies have shown that an idle mind is the gasoline to firing up creativity. By letting our minds wander we are allowing them to reach their full potential. Learn all about that.
A case of summer boredom blues ended up sparking a hilarious prank. Kevin Manion of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin decided to replace family photos with pictures of the actor Steve Buscemi. He only did one a day and while his dad noticed on the second day, it took his mom five days before she realized that something was amiss. In the words of Kevin’s sister:
“She saw [Kevin’s] senior picture from far away and was so confused because his head was too big and the colors were wrong,” Manion told HuffPost. “So she walked over and saw it was Steve.”
You can read all about the Manions and see Kevin’s redecoration efforts.
This week’s image is courtesy of a program in the Children’s Library entitled Twisted Toys where participants deconstructed broken toys and put them back together in some very (harrumph) creative ways. James gifted me with this Left Behind specimen. It never ceases to crack me up and I think that she would be a Goddess worthy of worship on the Island of Misfit Toys. Big thanks to whoever created this and thanks to James for sharing.
So People! Be bored! Let your mind wander! You never know when the next great idea or Demented Barbie sculpture is going to come.
This week we have Nantucket, because it’s Summer People. Of course we have Nantucket, and Virginia. But not Virginia the Tall Cool Texan. Just the state. Sorry.
Alan our leader is here with one of the most popular books of the summer. “I just finished Noah Hawley’s Before the Fall. It’s got a lot of great blurbs on the cover, and deservedly so. You know right away this is about a private charter from Nantucket that crashes, with only two survivors, a failed artist, and the five-year-old boy of a very rich family. There are layers and layers in the novel as Hawley goes over the past lives of all those on the flight. Who are the bad, and who the good, people? And as you watch the outside world intrude – disbelieving investigators and outsized TV personalities -- I bet you’ll get caught up in the flow of the novel as I did, and as much as you’d like to put yourself in the place of the protagonist, who against all odds saves one life, you’ll be even more likely to cheer him on at the end of the book, when, caught up in a whirlwind of pressure, he strikes a blow for us all.”
Amanda has found a new series to lose herself in. The Raven Boys is the first book in Maggie Stiefvater's The Raven Cycle series. "The Raven books are set in Henrietta, Virginia where the mountains are more of a character than the non-main group. The setting is familiar and down home. Or maybe that's just me since those mountains are my mountains? Either ways, you can sink right down into the sneakers of the teens as yes, you know a diner like that. Or you've been on a hike through the woods and felt the mud squelch underfoot. The heroine, Blue, is the lone non-psychic in a colorful and eccentric household of psychics who are always right. The Raven Boys are four students from a boys-only prep school. You'll follow Blue and the boys hunting for a dead Welsh king and the favor he'll grant to the one who awakens him. Each character has a different reason as to why they want to be the one to wake the king. Each reason is painful, real, and you can't decide who needs the favor most. You'll find spirits, ghosts, magic, murder, family, while Blue struggles to find strength to break a prophecy that says she will kill one of her Raven boys. She's fighting, but will she make it? There are three more books after this to find out if she can change his, and her, fate.”
DJ Jazzy Patty McC is here from That State Up North with the final musings and The Playlist. What’s good Pats? “This week we are making our annual trek Up North, specifically to Harbor Springs. It’s the place where Ernest Hemingway spent the summers of his youth and where there’s a library over a fudge shop. It’s the place where the First Annual Festival of the Book (http://www.hsfotb.org/) will take place this October. This is the place where I dig my toes in the sand, look out over the expanse of Lake Michigan and let all my worries melt away. I am going to my happy place for a week of sun, family and relaxation. Sure, I’ll do all my favorite things like visit the local independent bookstore, Between The Covers and I’ll certainly be dining at the local [Pond Hill Farm(http://www.pondhill.com/#your-local-farm "Pond Hill Farm") where they serve a fabulous farm-to-table dinner. I’ve also booked the family passage on a boat for the Summer’s New Moon of August 2nd. Cruising under the stars, we’ll learn all about our night sky from the director of the Headlands International Dark Sky Park. Whatever your own summer plans may be, I hope you visit your happy place. Who couldn’t use a little more happy?!”