Tuesday, July 2, 2013

People disappear when they die. Their voice, their laughter, the warmth of their breath. Their flesh. Eventually their bones. All living memory of them ceases. This is both dreadful and natural. Yet for some there is an exception to this annihilation. For in the books they write they continue to exist. We can rediscover them. Their humor, their tone of voice, their moods. Through the written word they can anger you or make you happy. They can comfort you. They can perplex you. They can alter you. All this, even though they are dead. Like flies in amber, like corpses frozen in the ice, that which according to the laws of nature should pass away is, by the miracle of ink on paper, preserved. It is a kind of magic.”
Diane SetterfieldThe Thirteenth Tale


Happy Tuesday to you!

Today’s Deal of the Day is on a book that among those of us who have handled the inventory call “that book with the way-too-long title”. What is that title you ask? A rhyming, spelling, and pronouncing dictionary of the English language in which, I. The whole language is arranged according to its terminations. II. Every word is explained and divided into syllables exactly as pronounced … to which … is added an i by John Walker. This book is a 710 page pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. We are reducing the price on this book starting today so get it while you can. We have only one copy left in stock.

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I cannot remember what today is….oh wait, today is I Forgot Day! By definition, today is not a day to remember. Some days are days to remember and to cherish all of our lives. Others, like today, are ones to be forgotten. If you are having a bad day, it’s just as well that today is I Forgot Day. We’re surrounded by calendars: on our walls, in our blackberries and on our computers. But even with all of these reminders — even with the electronic alarms — we still forget. Some people view today as an opportunity to express their regrets for forgetting something, and to make amends. They do so by sending cards and flowers, apologizing for their memory lapse. The trouble is, if you forget something important tomorrow, you have to wait a whole year for the next I Forgot Day to arrive. This annual occasion was created by Gaye Anderson after going through what she refers to as a particularly forgetful period in her life, if she remembers correctly.


Today is World UFO Day. The day is celebrated by some on June 24, and others on July 2. June 24 is the date that aviator Kenneth Arnold reported what is generally considered to be unidentified flying object sighting in the United States, while July 2 commemorates the supposed UFO crash in the 1947 Roswell UFO Incident. World UFO Day is an awareness day for people to gather together and watch the skies for unidentified flying objects. The goal of the July 2 celebration is to raise awareness of the Roswell findings, and to gain support in forcing governments to “tell the truth about earthly visits from outer space aliens“. People have reported UFO sightings since the beginning of recorded history. Unidentified Flying Objects became a major pop culture topic after WWII right around the same time that both the U.S. and Russia began experimenting with rocketry. There is no significant evidence available to the public from the number of governmental investigations in to UFO reports. The possibility of life beyond our planet is thrilling to imagine, so it’s no surprise that aliens have become a common subject in our modern-day books and films. To celebrate World UFO Day, invite friends and family over to watch a science fiction movie or read and discuss a sci-fi book!


Vermont became the first American territory to abolish slavery on this day in 1777.


On July 2, 1881, Charles J. Guiteau shot and fatally wounded U.S. President James Garfield, who died from a resulted infection on September 19.


Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan were last heard from over the Pacific Ocean on this day in 1937 while attempting to make the first equatorial round-the-world flight.


On July 2, 1962, the first Wal-Mart store opened for business in Rogers, Arkansas.


U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 on July 2, 1964 that was meant to prohibit segregation in public places.


Some of the writers born July 2nd include:

Samuel Penhallow (1665), Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock (1724), Thomas Spence (1750), Lily Braun (1865), Hermann Hesse (1877), Ralph Hancock (1893), Jean Craighead George (1919), John Kneubuhl (1920), Cyril M. Kornbluth (1923), Wisława Szymborska (1923), Octavian Paler (1926), Alexandros Panagoulis (1939), Larry David (1947), Michele Santoro (1951), Kevin Michael Grace (1955), Terry Rossio (1960), Evelyn Lau (1971), Darren Shan (1972), Peter Kay (1973), Matthew Reilly (1974), and Sammy J (1983).


We take a moment to remember Mario Puzo who passed away fourteen years ago today. Mario Gianluigi Puzo was an Italian American author and screenwriter, known for his novels about the Mafia, including The Godfather (1969), which was later co-adapted into a film by Francis Ford Coppola. Puza was born into a poor family from Italy living in the Helll’s Kitchen neighborhood of New York. Many of his books draw heavily on this heritage. He served as a public relations officer stationed in Germany during WWII. In 1950, his first short story, The Last Christmas, was published in American Vanguard. After the war, he wrote his first book, The Dark Arena, which was published in 1955. Puzo worked as a writer/editor for publisher Martin Goodman’s Magazine Management Company. Puzo, along with other writers like Bruce Jay Friedman, worked for the company line of men’s magazines. Under the pseudonym Mario Cleri, Puzo wrote World War II adventure features for True Action. Puzo’s most famous work, The Godfather, was first published in 1969 after he had heard anecdotes about Mafia organizations during his time in pulp journalism. He later said in an interview with Larry King that his principal motivation was to make money. He had already, after all, written two books that had received great reviews, yet had not amounted to much. As a government clerk with five children, he was looking to write something that would appeal to the masses. Puzo died of heart failure on Friday, July 2, 1999 at his home in Long Island, New York at 78. His family now lives in East Islip, New York. Puzo’s favorite writer was Fyodor Dostoyevsky. He was deeply influenced by his books, particularly The Brothers Karamazov which Puzo quoted in his books. Puzo referred to Dostoyevsky as his “personal favourite” to the editor Jonathan Karp.

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Much of the information in this blog is taken directly from Wikipedia, Amazon, and other sources such as holidayinsights.com, which are directly linked to within the text. Images have been taken from various sources found via Facebook, Goodsearch.com and Google.
Village Book Shop and the blogger claim no credit for the information above.


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