This afternoon check back for a Jams by Mags update!
+ Heavily circulated on the design blogs this week are these new amazing covers for classic novels being produced by Penguin. I couldn't resist sharing, too. (Yes, Mom, I want Emma.) (The Atlantic) More great penguin covers here. And a new series of English cooking classic here. And Penguin has a flickr with a few neat vintage covers (though they used to have a lot more). Penguin is just rocking it!
+ If yesterday's shirred eggs didn't appeal to you, I must recommend another one of my favorite shortcut meals for the winter pasta "Risotto"--Dorie Greenspan gives us the lowdown on WSJ. Once I saw a cooking reality show where they had to make an April Fools dish. This is not particularly inventive, but it certainly tricks you and your taste buds.
+ My mom is offering a e-course on starting needlepoint. She couldn't get either me or sis to be interested in needlepoint as an activity, so I am going to encourage all of you to pick it up instead. It would make her just so happy to have you. And she's an awesome teacher. And its way more fun than cross-stich (this much I do know!).
+ I'm not sure why I was deeply shocked by this letter from Teddy Roosevelt to eugenics advocate Charles Davenport (featured recently on Letters of Note), but it is still haunting me. Don't know what to do with it really, but in the short term (and a very trivial response this is, I know)...I'm no longer rooting for Teddy in the Presidents Race at National's games.
+ Speaking of which: Happy Opening Day #2! Let's Go Oakland!
+ Um. Jeff Bridges has a personal website that rivals in awesomeness all websites ever created. (Miss Moss)
+ Earlier this week I met my sister's adviser, and we discussed the liberal arts and careers and all that. I am becoming more and more convinced that most of us (even, perhaps especially the liberally educated) should begin fostering trades. So Stephen Moore's WSJ piece today has never seemed more apt:
If you want to understand better why so many states—from New York to Wisconsin to California—are teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, consider this depressing statistic: Today in America there are nearly twice as many people working for the government (22.5 million) than in all of manufacturing (11.5 million). This is an almost exact reversal of the situation in 1960, when there were 15 million workers in manufacturing and 8.7 million collecting a paycheck from the government.
It gets worse. More Americans work for the government than work in construction, farming, fishing, forestry, manufacturing, mining and utilities combined. We have moved decisively from a nation of makers to a nation of takers. Nearly half of the $2.2 trillion cost of state and local governments is the $1 trillion-a-year tab for pay and benefits of state and local employees. Is it any wonder that so many states and cities cannot pay their bills?
+ The Sierras have gotten so much snow that the three year California drought is over. Yippee! (Also: see what $100 million buys you in CA.)
+ Be sure to stop by your local Bake Sale for Japan. Locations all over the country.
+ Elizabeth Taylor asked Colin Farrell to recite the Gerard Manly Hopkins poems "The Lead Echo" and "The Golden Echo" at her funeral. (HT via The Anchoress) Her husband, Richard Burton, did a number of recording of great works of English poetry back in the day, and his reading of these two incredibly difficult poems are teeming with life. Take a couple of minutes and listen (and read) along: