- For the third year in a row, Edgar Allan Poe’s biggest fan has failed to materialize at his grave in Baltimore: “When he appears, the Toaster is typically shrouded in a long coat, his head covered with some kind of hat and a scarf that drapes across his face, the spotters say. He strides quickly along the cemetery’s narrow brick pathways, darting in and out of the low light and natural shadows.”
- A plethora of books for the Downton Abbey set.
- Bookish highlights of the year to come — among other things, major birthdays for Edith Wharton and Charles Dickens, new books by Hilary Mantel, Marilynne Robinson and Martin Amis, and a trio of classics adapted for the screen: “Anna Karenina”, “The Great Gatsby” and “On the Road”
- Poignant advice and “dearest love” from “Daddy” (F. Scott Fitzgerald) to his 11-year-old daughter.
- As a testament to the resilience of Afghan culture, a calligrapher has unveiled the world’s largest Qur’an, made with the skins of 21 goats.
- A posthumous collaboration between Scottish poet Robert Burns and…Michael Jackson?
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