Of making many books...

There Is No End

Here are 180 things that are not true, corrected for us by Edwin Moore, starting with the classic lemmings that jump (or, rather, do not) jump over cliffs. Some of these I already knew, such as: Walt Disney was not cryogenically frozen Chief Seattle's speech was written in 1971 The Inuit do not have hundreds of words for snow (but how many words do the English have for rain?) Catherine the Great was not cruhed to death by a horse But then some of them were new to me: Jerry Lewis is not universally loved in France The defenders of the Alamo died for slavery Some I am not too sure of: John Kennedy was not a doughnut (I thought it was a sausage) Shakespeare wrote Shakspere (is there really enough evidence to be dogmatic about this? more...

Basically it was Peter Jackson and David from the ABC film program having "a private conversation with 2000 friends [listening]". He's lot thinner. If you were making the film of how Lord of the Rings was made, you would have to find someone else to play Peter Jackson. Apparently he visualises the whole film in his head. The job of everyone else is to put that up on the screen. more...

The last book I read on clothing told me to ensure that my makeup matched my accessories, which might do for Mr Kressley on some occasions, but wasn't much encouragement for me to continue. Not that I am in a position to critique this book, but he does seem to know what he is talking about. Polyester is bad, ok? Natural is good. And no pleats. I don't think I could get away with no socks with a suit, and velvet slippers though. more...

The author rates a series of emotions [pp52-3] from 0 to 100, thus: 20 Shame 30 Guilt... ...200 Courage 250 Neutrality... ...1000 Enlightenment So then he can use the Test to work out what level anything on, including religions and the book itself. So Jesus, the Buddha and Krishna come out at 1000, though the modern forms only rate 498, 600-950 and 850 respectively. Islam started out at 540. Fundamentalists of any religion come in at 125-130. more...

One of the largest sections of any bookshop since the 1980s has been the 'therapy' or self-help section. Evidently, we face a great need to change our lives for the better, and no shortage of advice on how to go about changing it. But until now, we have been lost in the flow of titles. Should we read the guru of the month, or stick to the enduring classics? Now we have this handy guide to get us started. more...