It starts in London with Mary Jekyll, mixes in mysteries (is Dr. Jekyll still alive?), suitably dismal nuns (caring for Mary's half-sister, Diana Hyde), adds in a bit of Holmes and Watson (on their way to another gruesome murder scene), further explores what Dr. Jekyll was trying to do (oh, and he was an alchemist, and they had this alchemist's society), and goes on from there.
It's not just one girl's quest for anything, though: there's the mystery of whether Mary & Diana's father is still alive. Mary tries to hire Sherlock Holmes for the task. There are other interesting people that they meet, especially the women. There is some science involved, and sexism (c'mon, it's the Victorians). A bunch of nuns trying to teach poor women some work skills to save them from sin, in suitably dreary conditions. And a couple of ghastly murders occur, too.
If this sounds anything like your cup of tea, READ THIS BOOK. Like Jae said: Theodora Goss is a fucking genius.
German Shepherd Mom Tires Out Her Pups In The Most Adorable Way Possible (It is adorable! She alternates between bouts where they can't possibly catch up to her and bouts where they can, clever doggie!)
Scientists Invent a Pen That Can Detect Cancer in Seconds
For Centuries, People Celebrated a Little Boy’s First Pair of Trousers
“Do Sign Languages Have Accents?” (Video, or you can read the transcription)
Is there a single food that you can survive on forever?
The island people with a climate change escape plan
Here’s why you should pay attention to this weekend’s German election
There is meddling in Germany's election — not by Russia, but by U.S. right wing
What A Doctor Calls A Condition Can Affect How We Decide To Treat It
When the Idea of Home Was Key to American Identity
Parents Who Pay to Be Watched (OMG.)
Colombia partners with locals in order to stop cocaine production, US warns it may not be enough
Behind the scenes, Zimbabwe politicians plot post-Mugabe reforms
Iraqi Kurds set to vote on independence, panicking neighbors and Washington
What is behind clashes in Ethiopia's Oromia and Somali regions?
Facebook’s war on free will
Facebook Enabled Advertisers to Reach ‘Jew Haters’
The basic physics of climate change have been known for more than a century, but it is in recent decades that the fundamental science of global warming has solidified
The Minuscule Importance of Manufacturing in Far-Right Politics
Stop acting surprised, America: Donald Trump is a white supremacist
In Month After Charlottesville, Papers Spent as Much Time Condemning Anti-Nazis as Nazis
The Republicans Aren't Even Pretending This Is About Healthcare Anymore
Christians in U.S. Military ‘Serve Satan’ If They Tolerate Other Religions, Air Force Chaplain Says
Making war illegal changed the world. But it’s becoming too easy to break the law
Anatomy of terror: What makes normal people become extremists?
He's gotten a lot better at being in the same room as the cats without freaking out, and even a little better at not barking and lunging at the familiar cats we see on our walks. (Not as good as with his own roommate cats, but you can't have everything.)
This is great because, with winter coming, Callie wants to go back to being an indoor-outdoor cat, emphasis on indoor - she doesn't like cold weather!
What I read
Finished Boys will be Boys, which was still very familiar although it is many years since I last read it. Wonder if Turner would really have liked to be writing something a bit more serious about matters of popular culture; and would have liked to be nerdish in the archives of the publishing companies, because there are sometimes wistful asides about the mysteries that might be solved thereby. Pretty sure this is where the very youthful oursin first acquired that apprehension that each generation disses upon what the young of next are consuming (whether print or radio or more latterly other media) as A Road to Ruin (I wish I could locate my copy of his Roads to Ruin).
Also finished The Witch of Syracuse: worked well, did not have that sense one so oft has when scattered short stories on a character/s are brought together of 'fix-up', but that it worked as a narrative arc. Also thought it worked well on the historical contingencies, nature of the deities, etc. (Very unfluffy Hellenic/Punic goddesses.)
Being somewhat smitten with travel angst, read various short things, comfort re-reads, etc.
Did read the novella Suradanna and the Sea by Rebecca Fraimow (2016): very good, even though I couldn't remember why or when I'd downloaded it.
On the go
Finally began Victoria Bates, Sexual Forensics in Victorian and Edwardian England: Age, Crime and Consent in the Courts (2015) - very good so far.
Also currently in medias res, Patricia McKillip, Kingfisher (2017) - very good, but my bar for riffing on/mashing up Arthuriana is set very high with Naomi Mitchison's To the Chapel Perilous.
*Among other sights seen today, Rynek Underground.
How Big Business Got Brazil Hooked on Junk Food
As growth slows in wealthy countries, Western food companies are aggressively expanding in developing nations, contributing to obesity and health problems.
By ANDREW JACOBS and MATT RICHTEL
Nestlé Targets High-End Coffee by Taking Majority Stake in Blue Bottle
By MICHAEL J. de la MERCED and OLIVER STRAND
The deal highlights the continued hot streak of artisanal coffee, whose rapid growth and fanatical customer base have continued to draw big business.
Nadine Malouf making kibbe in “Oh My Sweet Land,” written and directed by Amir Nizar Zuabi.
Review: In ‘Oh My Sweet Land,’ Dinner Is Served. Don’t Come Hungry.
Set in a real home, an unnamed woman cooks while she relates piercing tales about the horrors in Syria.
By ALEXIS SOLOSKI
The Food Court Matures Into the Food Hall
Food halls — typically a mix of local artisan restaurants, butcher shops and other food-oriented boutiques — are becoming popular as consumers demand more options.
By JOE GOSE
After a day spent hauling flood-soaked belongings from their home in the Nottingham Forest of Houston, Linda and Jon Fabian sit on their lawn with a few glasses of wine.
Harvey and Irma Wiped Out Our Kitchens. Still, We Cook.
America has never lost so many stoves and pantries at once, but home cooks are intent on finding a way — any way — to make meals.
By KIM SEVERSON
Yotam Ottolenghi on Creating Recipes and His Cookbook ‘Sweet’
For the British chef, author and self-described baking nerd, there is no limit to the number of times you can make a cake in order to get it right.
The world’s best chocolate cake? Maybe so.
Pistachio and Rose Water Semolina Cake
By YOTAM OTTOLENGHI
Recipes: Pistachio and Rose Water Semolina Cake | World’s Best Chocolate Cake
At her home in Tanana, Alaska, Cynthia Erickson and some young volunteers decorate a lemon-blueberry cake from a mix that she jazzes up.
In Alaska’s Far-Flung Villages, Happiness Is a Cake Mix
The store-bought box, one of the few dependable food items in a place of scarcity, is tricked out for dinners and fund-raisers by many a “cake lady.”
By JULIA O'MALLEY
Recipe: Mom’s Famous Rum Cake
These zucchini and tomato tartlets with a Cheddar crust, which call for turning up the oven to roast the vegetables, are perfectly timed for autumn’s arrival.
Roasted Summer Vegetables Tucked Into Tartlets
September’s cooler weather means it’s the perfect time to bake with late summer zucchini and tomatoes.
By MELISSA CLARK
Recipe: Zucchini and Tomato Tartlets With a Cheddar Crust
Fresh sardines, are delightful, and well worth knowing. For an extra flourish, it’s fun to cook sardines on large fig leaves.
Canned Are Grand, but Fresh Sardines Are Deliciously Simple
These small fish are healthy, sustainable and easy to grill at home, whether over hot coals or under the broiler.
By DAVID TANIS
INSIDE THE LIST
Alice Waters’s Grilled Cheese Is Not Like Yours and Mine
In her best-selling new memoir, “Coming to My Senses,” the chef recommends a French mountain cheese and homemade sauerkraut for a childhood staple.
By GREGORY COWLES
Jellyfish Seek Italy’s Warming Seas. Can’t Beat ’Em? Eat ’Em.
With climate change, jellyfish are booming in the Mediterranean, to the point that researchers say there may be little to do but to live with them.
By JASON HOROWITZ
Nathaly Nicolas-Ianniello, a former journalist covering ecological issues, opened NA/NA in the 11th Arrondissement of Paris in 2015.
A Life’s Many Acts Culminate in the Kitchen at NA/NA in Paris
The chef Nathaly Nicolas-Ianniello, a former ecological journalist, serves dishes like ganache with black sesame miso to adventurous Parisians.
By MELISSA CLARK
The Secret to Amazing Mango Kulfi Comes in a Can
Quick mango kulfi.
The idea that fresh is always better is both simple and false.
By TEJAL RAO
Recipe: Quick Mango Kulfi
The salt in the chocolate bits is the surprise, and it’s also the great reconciler.
An Ideal Sundae
Like many of life’s great things, ice cream concoctions are best when governed by rules.
By DORIE GREENSPAN
Recipe: Hot Fudge and Salted Chocolate Bits Sundae
Pinot noir grapes ripen in the Willamette Valley of Oregon.
The Oregon Trail
The latest winemakers to settle in the region are bringing new perspectives, fresh energy and heartfelt enthusiasm to the country’s most exciting wine area.
By ERIC ASIMOV
Looks like it's going to be overcast all week, and next week too. Well, fuck. I'm putting my lightbox back on.
Superheroes for the Jewish New Year
There Never Was a Real Tulip Fever
The 11 sisters of Siervas are a rock band like 'nun' other
Scientists Once Dressed Frogs in Tiny Pants to Study Reproduction
In Alaska’s Far-Flung Villages, Happiness Is a Cake Mix
Octlantis is a just-discovered underwater city engineered by octopuses
How Two Lesbians Fought the Nazis With a Typewriter
Meet Nazo Dharejo: The toughest woman in Sindh
In a First for the Nation, Portland Police End Gang List to Improve Relations With Blacks and Latinos
The Rust Belt Needs Legal Immigration
That Awkward Moment When Your Twin Brother Is A U.S. Citizen At Birth, But You’re Not
Lawsuit targets searches of electronic devices at US border
New hope for limiting warming to 1.5 C
This Department Is the Last Hideout of Climate Change Believers in Donald Trump’s Government
Child care choices limited for those working outside 9-to-5
St. Louis sees third day of protests after officer's acquittal
ICE Detained This Trafficking Victim on Her 18th Birthday. Why?
Hurricane Maria is following Irma's path and getting stronger
The Sci-Fi Roots of the Far Right—From ‘Lucifer’s Hammer’ to Newt’s Moon Base to Donald’s Wall
Graceful menace: States take aim at non-native swans
New Mideast realities require support for Kurds
What is at stake in Iraqi Kurdish vote for independence?
Iraq says may use force if Kurdish referendum turns violent
And now she's claiming she didn't ever ask for this in the first place. Yeah, right. I get that she wants to spend time with her friends, but - dude, she spends hours with them every single day. She can take a day off and maybe make some new friends, something she frequently claims she wants.
10 Badass Trees That Refuse To Die
The Making of the Modern American Recipe
Marilyn Monroe and the Potato Sack Dress, c.1951
DNA triggers shape-shifting in hydrogels, opening a new way to make 'soft robots'
The Spanish Royal Philanthropic Expedition to Bring Smallpox Vaccination to the New World and Asia in the 19th Century
Stopped at US border, Haitians find 'Mexican dream' instead
How Pants Went From Banned to Required in the Roman Empire
Just squeeze in—researchers discover when spaces are tight, nature loosens its laws
In Amish Country, the Future Is Calling
Children Used to Learn About Death and Damnation With Their ABCs
The Problem With Free Menstrual Pads
Tillerson says U.S. could stay in Paris climate accord
The Commuter Parking Benefit Is Seriously Hurting Cities
Dylann Roof requests new attorneys, declaring appeal team his biological enemies (Relevant quote: “The lawyer appointed to represent me at my federal trial was David Isaac Bruck, who is also Jewish. His ethnicity was a constant source of conflict even with my constant efforts to look past it.” All his lawyers deserve medals and a fruit basket. Maybe some booze. They earned it after putting up with him!)
US people of color still more likely to be exposed to pollution than white people
Breastfeeding Behind Bars: Do All Moms Deserve the Right?
When Does the Right to an Attorney Kick In?
Why Many Deaf Prisoners Can’t Call Home
Unbudgeted: How the opioid crisis is blowing a hole in small-town America's finances
See jerkface bacteria hiding in tumors and gobbling chemotherapy drugs
Myanmar Follows Global Pattern in How Ethnic Cleansing Begins
Rohingya Muslims being wiped off Myanmar's map
Three killed in stampede for aid near Rohingya refugee camp
Bangladesh warns Myanmar over border amid refugee crisis
The Ominous, Massive Military Exercises in Eastern Europe
This morning it was overcast and a bit cool, by this evening via mildly drizzly has become colder and wetter.
Nontheless, we have managed some flaneurserie around the Old Town, a visit to St Mary's Cathedral with its massive gothic altar, and several museums:
The temporary exhibition of 350 items from the The Princes Czartoryski Museum
All of which leaves me rather too overwhelmed to say much beyond: that's a hell of a lot of old scientific instruments/apothecary paraphernalia, and dealers across Europe must has seen the Czartoryskis coming, with their interest in associational historical items (I would guess scamsters moved into this after the decline in fake relics?).
There was also (v expensive) coffee taken in a very plush place with numerous historical associations.
Place is generally heaving with tourists and tour groups.