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For him that stealeth, or borroweth and returneth not, this book from its owner… let [the book] change into a serpent in his hand and rend him. Let him be struck with palsy, and all his members blasted. Let him languish in pain crying aloud for mercy, and let there be no surcease to his agony till he sing in dissolution. Let bookworms gnaw his entrails in token of the Worm that dieth not, and when at last he goeth to his final punishment, let the flames of Hell consume him forever.

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Ancient punishment suggested for book thieves, in Stephen Greenblatt’s The Swerve: How the World Became Modern. [Powell’s | Kindle] 

(And you thought your library fines were severe!)

YOU GUYS

SHERMAN ALEXIE’S ‘THE LONE RANGER AND TONTO FISTFIGHT IN HEAVEN' IS THE KINDLE DAILY DEAL FOR TODAY [July 28, 2014] 

[Author website]

How To Save Books | TechCrunch   

I don’t know how I feel about this idea, but it is intriguing.

Hello, Bee.

Hello, Bee.

During an awkward conversation with my father about my failed marriage

  • Me: As marriages go, it was an excellent alternative to drowning.
  • Dad: Sooo... Any portly guy in a storm?
Sweet gardening getup, dude.

Sweet gardening getup, dude.

When a woman with whom your boyfriend once made out decides to transition

And finally you can say “YOU TOTALLY MADE OUT WITH A DUDE TRA LA LA”  ( and I think that’s great)

transactionswithbeauty:

hello world I am no longer a teenager! :)

😊🎉🎂

My very first baby turned 20 today! (Somebody hold me.)

It’s refreshing to observe that even outside the confines of Portland proper, folks still like to put birds on things.

It’s refreshing to observe that even outside the confines of Portland proper, folks still like to put birds on things.

The geese of this Milwaukie, Oregon parking lot send their greetings, as well.

The geese of this Milwaukie, Oregon parking lot send their greetings, as well.

Checking out our new neighborhood. Being all, like, neighborly and stuff.

Checking out our new neighborhood. Being all, like, neighborly and stuff.

Man sets Seattle, Washington, house on fire trying to kill spider - CBS News

I have nothing to add to this.

Dearest friends to whom I owe thousands of correspondences

I am not sure how much longer you will be kept waiting, but please know that I am becoming the happiest I’ve ever been, and this requires no small amount of adjustment and reflection en route, to include pinching myself from time to time.

Thank you, again and again.

thunderdolt:

My mother-in-law advised me that I may be divorcing her daughter, but I’m not divorcing my MiL! This is the rockin’ tie she brought me from Hawai’i. Yes, that’s a dog playing a ukulele!

thunderdolt:

My mother-in-law advised me that I may be divorcing her daughter, but I’m not divorcing my MiL! This is the rockin’ tie she brought me from Hawai’i. Yes, that’s a dog playing a ukulele!

On our way!

On our way!