Friday, June 28, 2013

And on the subject of burning books: I want to congratulate librarians, not famous for their physical strength or their powerful political connections or their great wealth, who, all over this country, have staunchly resisted anti-democratic bullies who have tried to remove certain books from their shelves, and have refused to reveal to thought police the names of persons who have checked out those titles.
So the America I loved still exists, if not in the White House or the Supreme Court or the Senate or the House of Representatives or the media. The America I love still exists at the front desks of our public libraries.”
Kurt VonnegutA Man Without a Country


Today is Paul Bunyan Day! Paul Bunyan day is a US Folktale celebration. It is commemorated on different days in different parts of the U.S. Mostly it is observed in 27-28th of June every year. Paul Bunyan is one of the best-known heroes in American folklore. This legendary lumberjack (and his faithful companion Babe the Blue Ox) starred in many of the “tall tales” told in the Midwest during the 1800s. According to the stories, Bunyan was a giant man with incredible physical strength. He single-handedly established the logging industry, cleared North Dakota of its forests, dug out Lake Superior, and even trained carpenter ants to help his fellow loggers! A young woman named K. Bernice Stewart was the first person to write down the original Bunyan tales. Stewart collected the stories from local loggers while studying at the University of Wisconsin in 1914. Today, Paul Bunyan is mentioned in more than 1,000 books and has become one of the most widespread icons in American culture. French Canadians were believed to have originated Paul Bunyan during the Papineau rebellion of 1837. While he may have been created in Canada, Paul Bunyan quickly became a huge American legend. Many of the tales of Paul Bunyan originated in lumberjack industry and logging communities. Like all good folklore, it was passed from generation to generation by word of mouth. Over campfires, his legend grew, and tales were created. Written tales emerged in the early 1900’s. We could not find why Paul Bunyan Day is celebrated on June 28.


Today is Insurance Awareness Day. Now, at this point, one must be asking… Why Insurance Awareness Day? Insurance Awareness Day exists to remind you that things go wrong, and that generally, it’s a good idea to have a backup plan. Insurance, be it home, auto or life insurance, offers you peace of mind that if something happens, you will be financially protected. Of course when it comes to life insurance, if something happens, you won’t be around to worry about the outcome. Insurance is a gamble. If you buy it, you’re gambling that something will go wrong. If you don’t buy it, you’re gambling that something will not happen. Insurance is often a necessary evil in the modern world, and regardless of how ethical insurance may (or may not) be as an industry, we’re all very relieved that we took out a policy when something unexpected and untoward occurs!


On this day in 1776, the Battle of Sullivan’s Island ended with the first decisive American victory in the American Revolutionary War leading to the commemoration of Carolina Day.


Labor Day became an official US holiday on June 28, 1894.


Malcolm X formed the Organization of Afro-American Unity on this day in 1964.


The Stonewall Riots began on June 28, 1969 in New York City marking the start of the Gay Rights Movement.


On this day in 1997 Mike Tyson was disqualified in the 3rd round of the Holyfield – Tyson II boxing match in the 3rd round for biting a piece off Evander Holyfield’s ear.


Some of the writers born June 28th include:

Giovanni della Casa (1503), Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712), Emmanuel Rhoides (1836), Luigi Pirandello (1867), Esther Forbes (1891), Eric Ambler (1909), Olle Björklund (1916), A. E. Hotchner (1920), Mel Brooks (1926), Correlli Barnett (1927), Harold Evans (1928), Bette Greene (1934), Richard H. Cracroft (1936), Ron Luciano (1937), David Johnston (1941), Ann Leslie (1941), Howard Barker (1946), Mark Helprin (1947), A. A. Gill (1954), Steven M. Greer (1955), Amira Hass (1956), Georgi Parvanov (1957), Peter Baynham (1963), Tom Merritt (1970), Mike White (1970), Louise Mensch (1971), Harun Tekin (1977), Felicia Day (1979), and Florian Zeller (1979).


Ten years ago today the world lost Joan Lowery Nixon. She was an American journalist and author, specializing in historical fiction and mysteries for children and young adults. Joan Lowery Nixon was born on February 3, 1927 in Los Angeles. She received a degree in journalism from the University of Southern California in 1947. It was at USC that she met her husband, Hershell, a naval officer and geologist. She sold her books at various schools in Los Angeles before becoming a full-time writer. Nixon, her husband, and their children lived in Corpus Christi before finally settling in the Memorial and Tanglewood area of Houston, Texas. She died of pancreatic cancer in Houston, Texas on June 28, 2003. Nixon wrote more than 140 books. She also co-authored several science books with her geologist husband Hershell Nixon. Nixon was the only author to win four Edgar Allan Poe Awards from the Mystery Writers of America, and had five additional nominations.

Madhur Jaffrey Indian Cooking

Do you love Indian Cooking? Then we have the book for you. Today’s deal is Madhur Jaffrey Indian Cooking. We have one New copy of this 240 page hardcover book by Madhur Jaffrey available. Amazon gives the following description:

Chef magazine called this book’s author “the best-known ambassador of Indian food in the United States” . . . and the Boston Herald referred to her as “the renowned author and actress [who] teaches home cooks about the sophistication and infinite diversity of Indian fare.” The New York Times described her simply and succinctly as “the Indian cuisine authority.” For many years a best-selling cookbook, Madhur Jaffrey’s seminal title on Indian cuisine now has been totally revised, redesigned, enlarged, and enhanced with 70 brand-new full-color photos. With chapters on meat, poultry, fish, and vegetables, as well as pulses, relishes, chutneys, and pickles, the author guides her readers through the delicious and colorful range of Indian food. More than 100 detailed recipes direct home chefs through step-by-step preparation of well-known classics like Tandoori-style Chicken and Naan Bread, as well as more unusual dishes including Salmon Steamed with Mustard Seeds and Tomato and Drunken Orange Slices. Ms. Jaffrey also presents comprehensive background information on spices and seasonings, kitchen equipment, authentic preparation techniques, and suggested menus. Taste-tempting color photos show prepared dishes.


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