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Indiana Jones Mystery Package
The package contained an incredibly detailed replica of “University of Chicago Professor” Abner Ravenwood’s journal from Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. It looks only sort of like this one, but almost exactly like this one . . . The book itself is a bit dusty, and the cover is teal fabric with a red velvet spine, with weathered inserts and many postcards/pictures of Marion Ravenwood (and some cool old replica money) included. It’s clear that it is mostly, but not completely handmade, as although the included paper is weathered all of the “handwriting” and calligraphy lacks the telltale pressure marks of actual handwriting.
The mystery was eventually solved.
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(via Phil Bradley's weblog)
In Director Dish, Donna Shear recently posted about some of her favorite words. The Atlantic Wire gives us the opposite--a list of the worst words coined or overused in 2012. Personally, while I'm sick of hearing the word "artisinal" I don't mind the word itself. However, I really hate "baby bump" and I'd like to add "adorkable" to the list.
As if from Nowhere
Oh, I like this very much.
Prolific Book Blurber Gary Shteyngart
You've seen blurbs even if you didn't know what they were--they're those quotes of praise that appear on book covers and jackets. Shteyngart is such a well-known blurber that he has a Tumblr and now a short documentary: