Greetings and welcome to the Full Pink Moon Edition of You Are What You Read. On Tuesday,we will be able to enjoy this Full Moon which is named for the pink phlox that is allegedly blooming somewhere, somehow. People, please note that the moon itself will not be pink. It’s also known as the Sprouting Grass Moon (which makes more sense to me) or the Fish Moon or the Egg Moon. I mean I guess that fish do some sort of fishy thing like spawning or swimming upstream or something. And I know that hens begin laying more because of the increase in day light but this pink phlox thing has me flummoxed. The Farmer’s Almanac would also like to advise you that this is the time for killing weeds, thinning, pruning, mowing, cutting timber, and planting below-ground crops. Use this information as you wish, People.
This week in Hopeful Signs I wish to report that our new neighbors, Shake Shack, have added outdoor seating with UMBRELLAS! And they are the kind of umbrellas that are used to keep the sun off one’s person, not the kind we have had to become intimate with this week, the kind that keep us dry prior to turning inside out on your walk home in a monsoon. Here’s hoping that we get to use the former sort of umbrella very soon. Even better, let’s all hope that it’s soon to be a beach umbrella sort of necessity.
One other Hopeful Sign worth noting is that the flowering cherries that flank the Library drive have started showing some promise. Also, I have noticed that the forsythia is having at it.
And of course, Masters Weekend will be our final Hopeful Sign this week. All that green, azaleas abloom, grown-up frat bros in shorts and t-shirts day drinking and screaming inanities like, “Get in the hole” and “You da man.” If that’s your thing, God Speed. The Traveling Companion is down there covering his 32nd one. I don’t know how he does it.
So, with these Hopeful Signs I hereby declare that the Wagering on the Bare Leg begin. For those new to this space, the Wagering on the Bare Leg is the most Hopeful of Hopeful Signs. This is the day when all the ladies on staff say, “Enough with the hosiery/tights, I am committing to the Bare Leg.” Guess the day that this most Hopeful of Signs happens and we’ll give you a whole bunch of Darien Library swag and of course the bragging rights to enjoy until the Fall when we sadly, tragically, wager on the last Bare Leg Day. To get the ball rolling I will let you all in on the fact that The Amazing Amanda has already abandoned tights and has committed. So that’s one down anyway. Just let me know what you think the day will be. May the best person win, but really the winner is us Ladies. Hosiery is the pits.
This week we have some genius and Medieval stories. That’s all. Sorry.
This week all we have is the Fabulous Babs B. She just read The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict and here’s what she thought. “In the tradition of The Paris Wife, The Other Einstein offers us a window into a brilliant fascinating woman whose own light was lost in Einstein's enormous shadow. Mitza Maric had always been different from other girls. While studying physics at the Polytechnic Institute in Zurich, she meets fellow student Albert Einstein and her world turns apart. Mitza is a brilliant physicist in her own right, whose contribution to the special theory of relativity is hotly debated and may have been inspired by her own profound and very personal insight. Einstein and Mitza become a partnership of the mind and of the heart, but unfortunately there is room for only one genius in this marriage. This book is a heart rendering account of a brilliant woman who wanted to do her duty, but instead sacrificed her soul by falling in love with the wrong man! I thought this was a very interesting and great read.“ Thanks Babs.
The Amazing Amanda is deep diving into the past. "I'm writing a fantasy novel and it occurred to me that even though my story is make-believe, I could improve my work by reading about Medieval Europe. The Library has an assortment of books for adults and children alike about this popular — but often misunderstood — time period. Where will the books take me? How will I improve my writing? Who knows! But check out some of the books I found in the list below."
DJ Jazzy Patty McC is here from Meat Chicken with The Playlist and some final musings. What’s good Pats? “Lately, I’ve been going to a lot of concerts. I prefer smaller, more intimate venues where you can actually see the band. I make rare exceptions. We recently took our son to his first concert. It was a Green Day show and one of the last concerts that will be held at Joe Louis Arena before it’s torn down. This was one of those exceptions and it was a spectacular concert. I don’t know who had more fun, the adults or the kids. Another rarity is going out on a school night to see a band, BUT when the band is Chicano Batman, you go! I can’t say enough great things about this band. They’re amazing musicians from LA and their music is difficult to pigeonhole. Some songs have an R&B feel and then some songs throw in some great jazz. The Spanish songs are fantastic and seeing them live was a great treat. They are spectacular live performers and I predict huge success for them. If you get the opportunity, get out and see them when they come to your ‘hood. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed. Give them a listen and report back.”