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Monday, June 30, 2008

Quick....With a few clicks of the mouse find the high school,college, and professional sports teams in Massachusetts, with links to the web sites. Now do that for our other 49 states. These and numerous other "fast facts" can be found on this comprehensive, easy to use site.

Also included are facts and useful information links arranged specific to each of the 50 United States of America. State homepage, capitol tours, constitution, driving rules, election links, genealogical resources, newspapers, maps, political representatives, state symbols, tax forms, topography, tourism, veteran affairs, weather, and more. I especially liked the links to the state home pages. This site will assist the many questions librarians answer about a state flower, bird,flag, or emblem. Worth a look, perhaps even a bookmark.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

One of Life's Little Mysteries

I've noticed a recent trend in the cover art for biographies of historical women to use portraits that only show the subject from the neck down. "Jane Boleyn" by Julia Fox, "Elizabeth and Leicester" by Sarah Gristwood and "Shakespeare's Wife" by Germaine Greer are all examples of this type of cover; there are even two new biographies of Catherine the Great, one by Simon Dixon and the other by Virginia Rounding, that use headless portraits. I'm wondering why this style of book jacket has become popular. It strikes me as vaguely demeaning to the subject of the book; but maybe the author is just trying to imply that we are unable to know her thoughts. Does anyone have an answer or a good theory? Have you seen any covers of this type on biographies of men?

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