Fun stuff: April 2008 Archives

Peace out

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Peace, brother. Keep the peace. Peace and quiet. Peace, baby. Peace be with you. Let there be peace on earth. There are two, count 'em, two books out now to mark the 50th anniversary of the peace symbol: Peace: 50 Years of Protest by Barry Miles (Reader's Digest, 250 pages, $29.95) and Peace: The Biography of a Symbol by Ken Kolsbun with Michael S. Sweeney (National Geographic, 176 pages, $25).

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Here's a review of the latter...

Pamela Anderson reads!

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Check this out. Bikini-clad Pamela Anderson is caught on camera reading local author Anne Elizabeth Moore's book, Unmarketable: Brandalism, Copyfighting, Mocketing, and the Erosion of Integrity.

Dickens' desk up for auction

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LONDON — The desk and chair Charles Dickens used while writing Great Expectations will go up for auction in June at the London auction house Christie’s.

The furniture is expected to sell for between $100,000 and $160,000.

The mahogany desk dates to the mid-19th century and bears a bronze plaque describing its appearance in Luke Filde’s drawing, ‘‘The Empty Chair.’’ The author’s oldest daughter, Mamie, wrote in her memoirs that Dickens used the walnut chair and desk the night before he died in 1870. The desk has been in the family ever since.

The money raised will go to the Great Ormond Street Hospital. Dickens spoke at the hospital’s first fundraising Festival Dinner 150 years ago and was a close friend of its founder, Charles West. Great Ormond Street Hospital is also linked to playwright J.M. Barrie, who donated his ‘‘Peter Pan’’ copyright to the hospital in 1929.

The desk and chair were on display for 40 years at Dickens House Museum in London.


Dickens desk
Christie's auction house worker Laura Castelbarco poses at a writing desk
once owned by Charles Dickens, who used it while writing
Great Expectations.
(Lefteris Pitarakis~AP)

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