An Indian-American reporter recalls the deep shame he felt as a kid eating Indian food with his hands. But his daughter reminds him of the true joy of hand-eating, and he decides to try it in public.
short answer: yes.
Because if there is any sort of hole in your heart or unidentifiable yearning in your soul, melted cheese and crispy bread will fill it 99% of the time, spackling the nooks and crannies of your ennui.
It turns out that one of Harvard’s most well-known examples of anthropodermic bibliopegy — that is, the practice of binding books with human skin — is actually bound in animal skin. The book’s grim inscription reads: “The bynding of this booke is all that remains of my dear friende Jonas Wright, who was flayed alive by the Wavuma on the Fourth Day of August, 1632. King Mbesa did give me the book, it being one of poore Jonas chiefe possessions, together with ample of his skin to bynd it. Requiescat in pace.” But the proteins in the binding as something much more mundane: sheepskin.
—Book news from NPR’s the Two-Way.
Could this be the creature that we can all agree we should just get rid of?
berkeleian: 10 books that have stayed with me:
The Slippery Slope by Lemony Snicket
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
Macbeth by William Shakespeare
The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
On Writing by Stephen King
1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die ed. Steven Jan Schneider
The Dictionary of Imaginary Places by Alberto Manguel and Gianni Guadalupi
Inside America’s Test Kitchen ed. Cook’s Illustrated
2000-2009 Best Movie Music
If you haven’t ready Jasper Fforde’s BRILLIANT Thursday Next series, just give up.
Left: Samuel Taylor Coleridge, circa 1815. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images) Right: J. Cole, circa 2013. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Clear Channel)
Mental Floss pairs famous literary first lines with rap lyrics:
SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE/J. COLE
In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
Pay dues like a hair salon
(“Kubla Khan”and “The Last Stretch”)
Whose woods these are I think I know
Creep with me through that immortal flow
(“Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” and “Thug Passion”)
Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself
Fall in love with defeat, throw my endeavors on the shelf
(Mrs. Dalloway and “The Artistic Integrity”)
OK, just one more:
I saw the best minds of my generation
Destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked
See me and hope I’m intoxicated or slightly faded
(“Howl” and “Ain’t Hard 2 Find”)