Some good things...
* Pumpkin spice lattes are back at Starbucks. For me, this is like Christmas and New Year's Day combined. Mmmm, pumpkin. Fall, come to me!
* The fabulous Rebecca MacPherson has joined the new group blog The Fabulous Female, which celebrates women of history and today.
* Speaking of fabulous people, and related to my last post, the always-awesome cookiefleck made it to the ceremony for Buddy Holly's new star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She posted pictures here.
* Next week Tori Amos's new album, Night of Hunters, is released. New Tori Amos Album Day is one of those holidays I always try to observe. The album is up now for NPR's "First Listen." If you only have time for one track, I recommend "Your Ghost."
* I've accepted a lovely invitation to be one of five special guest speakers at next year's conference on dystopia and the problem of technology (official title TBA), which will be sponsored by The Working Group on Political Theory at Duke University. It should be a fantastic event.
* Later this week we're hearing Wes Moore, the author of the New York Times bestseller The Other Wes Moore, speak about his work, and then attending a reception with him. I'm looking forward to it.
* Here's a new quiz from Smart Pop Books (in support of Nyx in the House of Night: Mythology, Folklore, and Religion in the P.C. and Kristin Cast Vampyre Series, which includes an essay by yours truly).
* Speaking of Smart Pop Books, Fringe Science: Parallel Universes, White Tulips, and Mad Scientists is now available. You can read excerpts from the essays, including my "In Search of Fringe's Literary Ancestors," here.
* Happy early birthday wishes to ekeppich, jinxed_wood, princeofcairo, frahulettaes, and llembas! May each of you enjoy many happy returns of the day.
Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.
- George Eliot