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- This 17th century painting by Giovanni Stanchi shows the extent to which selective breeding has transformed the watermelon. This apparently isn't a novel approach: horticulturists often look at Renaissance-era paintings of fruit or veg to determine the precise ways that breeding has changed them.
- Want to cook a favorite recipe of Emily Dickinson's? This hand-written recipe for coconut cake (it looks quite simple to bake) contains starting lines to the poem "The things that can never come back, are several - " on the other side. It seems Dickinson used cooking to find inspiration.
- CBC Books picks up a Twitter hashtag trend on the things writers hate hearing people say about their chosen profession. "That's a cool hobby."?? Seriously?! Other gems include "I'm not really interested in books but I like your work on Twitter" and "Have you met J.K. Rowling?" #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter
- Really enjoying this Dalkey Archive book Minuet for Guitar by Slovenian writer Vitomil Zupan. Written and published in 1975, the book recounts the experience of Slovenian guerillas fighting against the Germans and Italians in WWII. The semi-autobiographical novel is moving, funny and, at times, terrifying. "War was cruel and innocent at the same time...It is a dance, accompanied by a 25-shot guitar."
- Gorgeous paintings by American painter Charmagne Coe. That's it.
|Minuet for Guitar by Vitomil Zupan|