♥ Monday marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of Pride and Prejudice! I have my own personal library collection of various editions of Jane Austen’s works, which helps reveal how much I looooooved perusing this round-up of different P&P covers.
♥ I also loved spending some time clicking my way through this online collection of Oscar gowns, with ways to limit your viewing by style of gown, color, celebrity, designers, and year. Makes this fashion- and Oscar-loving librarian’s heart swoon.
♥ This illustrated history of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s best friendship? Yes, please.
♥ My eyes filled with wonder — and then tears — reading through this account of when geologists, in 1978, discovered a Russian family isolated in the Siberian mountains. A family so isolated for so long they missed World War II. Wow. It’s all about perspective.
♥ And last but not least, Brad Leithauser makes an eloquent case for why we should memorize poetry.
The best argument for verse memorization may be that it provides us with knowledge of a qualitatively and physiologically different variety: you take the poem inside you, into your brain chemistry if not your blood, and you know it at a deeper, bodily level than if you simply read it off a screen.