18th Century Teen’s Schoolbook Doodles Discovered

By November 20, 2018 News, Reading Habits

Doodles, scribbles, and mini works of fine art got many of us through our teen years at school- I personally preferred drawing spiderwebs in the corners of every page- and it seems 18th century teens were not much different!

Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) discovered a young man’s doodles in his own mathematics workbook, and it gives us a fascinating insight into the mind of this erudite and creative teen. As well as laying out his mathematical formulae with precision and clarity, Richard Beale showed us his family dog, street scenes, elegant ships, and… A chicken in trousers.

Let MERL take you on a journey through time into the mind of Richard Beale- honest farm-boy, good mathematician, and excellent doodler.

Hilarious Honest Book Titles from ‘Story of My F*cking Life’

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Story of My Fucking Life has been creating hilarious (but fake) honest book titles since March 2017. Their snarky, cringe-worthy, and relatable titles range from embarrassing moments we all experience, to some we would be ashamed to admit. According to their ‘About’ information on their Facebook page they say:

“New stories added daily or at our convenience.

Submit your tales — your life is bullshit too!”

Good to know we can add our own shame to the ever-growing list of tragic titles.

If you submitted a title about your life- what would yours be?

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Two Tie-In Books Coming for Good Omens Adaptation

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You can’t have failed to hear the news that Good Omens, by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, has been adaptation by the BBC and Amazon Studios. Neil Gaiman is heavily tied in with the production so we have high hopes for the adaptation, and today we’ve heard the news that there are two tie-in books coming to accompany the new series.

Good Omens will air on Amazon Prime Video on 31st May 2019, announced just last week along with the opening credits and some news from the adaptation, and now fans will be able to get their hands on two companion books in time for release.

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The Bestselling Books of the Last One Hundred Years: 1934

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We started at 1918, bringing you the bestselling books of the last one hundred years. We’re moving along now, covering each year at a time and we’re well into the 1930s now. Today we’re documenting the ten bestselling books of 1934, and what you were reading instead.

1934 was the year that brought us Flash Gordon, more from Nazi Germany, and the Gothenburg prize for both Kipling and Yeats.

So here they are, the ten top selling books of 1934 and the heady days before World War II. We’re also featuring some well known books that didn’t make the cut!

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This fantasy writer has no time for literary snobbery!

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A fantasy writer has tweeted a scathing response to US talk show host Bill Maher’s condescending rant about comic book fans.

The New York Times Bestseller, Catherynne Valente, took to Twitter to tell Maher (and anyone who agrees with him) how utterly ridiculous it is to look down on people who read comic books or graphic novels.

Bill Maher had delivered a tirade on one of his shows after the death of Marvel Comics legend, Stan Lee. He claimed comic books and the like are for children, not adults, and even attempted to blame the state of American politics on the fact ‘millennials’ read literature with pictures in…

Valente took him to task on Twitter, first shaming him for his hypocrisy, and then explaining how very wrong he was to be so narrow minded and ignorant.

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Word of the Day – Aginer

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Aginer (noun) (US informal)

a-gina

A person who is against something; one who opposes a proposal, course of action, point of view, etc. Also more generally: a person having a habitually negative attitude; one who opposes any change as a matter of principle.

Early 20th century; earliest use found in Westminster (Philadelphia). From agin, regional and colloquial variant of again + -er.

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