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Friday, May 23, 2008

Reading Tonight

posted by on May 23 at 10:19 AM


We’re gearing up for a quiet Memorial Day weekend here in booksville.

Up at Third Place Books, we have Doug Thompson, reading from Whales: Touching the Mystery. Whale books are apparently all the rage now. I cannot endorse this book reading, though, because touching whales is, generally, a very bad idea. Do not try this at home. If there is a whale in your home, please contact the proper authorities, before touching it in an appropriate or inappropriate manner.

Author David Gilmour and his son Jessie are at Elliott Bay Book Company. When Jessie tried to drop out of high school, David told him that he could, but only if he would watch a movie a day with his father. Presumably the book deal that David got for writing The Film Club, about their experiences watching movies together, was not part of the initial deal.

The full readings calendar is over yonder.

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After reading Madeleine L'Engle's "Ring of Endless Light" as a preteen, I have always imagined that touching a dolphin (or a whale- any cetacean really) would be like touching something wet, smooth and dusty. L'Engle described the skin of a dolphin as smooth, but so soft that it leaves almost a residue on ones hands.

As someone who is weird about odd textures, I have to say that I wouldn't advise touching a whale, either. It sounds like a nightmare.

Posted by Sara | May 23, 2008 1:20 PM

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