My favorite read of the day: Did people in the Middle Ages take baths? on Mediavialists.net for debunking the myth that people didn’t; especially the picture of public bath houses where it was common to eat diner and bath in company at the same time (??!); and the mental image of Charlemagne with his sons, soldiers, friends and bodyguards, sometimes as many as a hundred men, all bathing together.
Authors are increasing their efforts to back booksellers as the holidays approach, on PW, through grants and famous authors working for a day in independent bookstores or asking fans to buy from specific stores.
The Blog Post that Lost Me Half My Audience, Kameron Hurley blogging about women being erased from the narrative on sexism because now men are talking about sexism (that’s good!) but sexism is so entrenched in society that the only people who get recognition for talking about sexism are men (not so good)
75 Years Ago Today A Time Capsule Was Buried In Queens, on Gothamist.com (10/10/13), on what’s in the time capsule slated for opening in 4,925 years (who do they think will open it? will it be underwater?) some of the stuff is seriously dated already.
And saving the best for last: 35 Classy Slang Terms for Naughty Bits from the Past 600 Years on MentalFloss.com. My favorite: Aphrodisiacal tennis court (1665). I know there are longer lists out there, anyone know where there are? Classy ones, I mean.
What I’m reading: Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction by Annalee Newitz. So far, I’m enjoying it. From the catalogue description:
In its 4.5 billion–year history, life on Earth has been almost erased at least half a dozen times: shattered by asteroid impacts, entombed in ice, smothered by methane, and torn apart by unfathomably powerful megavolcanoes. And we know that another global disaster is eventually headed our way. Can we survive it? How?