There are three people I routinely refer to as my best friend (playing fast and loose with my superlatives) - one is my lovely brother Colin, one is my dear friend Washington Wife, and the third is wonderful Mel. (Since her blog isn't updated, I can link instead to a review she wrote for me, that was for a long time the most read page on my blog.) They're all enormously brilliant people, and I am very blessed to know them - and only one of them is biologically predetermined to like me.
I bring this up only because today is Mel's wedding day, and I'm off to usher (ush?), give a reading, and probably cry. I'll leave you with a whole range of links, rather than the usual book, blog post, and link (because there are so many this week), but first of all - I've done the prize draw for Stephen Leacock's Literary Lapses and the winner is Pam from Travellin' Penguin! Email me your address, and I'll get it in the post. I so enjoyed reading everyone's favourite things about Canada, and it's made me even more determined to visit one day. And how serendipitous that I chose Canada Day to hold the draw! Right - some links:
1.) You'll love this list of 'book titles with one letter missing', and accompanying illustrations.
2.) I wrote again for OxfordWords - this time, 5 Words That Are Older Than You Think. Go and be surprised!
3.) So did Hayley! She's written all about the language of whisky.
4.) AND Washington Wife, aforementioned! A really fantastic article on 'journalese'.
5.) Margaret sent me this fascinating article about the letters received after Shirley Jackson's 'The Lottery' was first published in the New Yorker. Warning: spoilers, so make sure you read the short story (which you can do here) first.
Have a great weekend, all!