Friday News: Ferguson’s library stands strong, rare Shakespeare volume found, how to tell if you’re in a Regency Romance, and temporary literary tattoos
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The money donated so far adds up to almost half of the library’s annual budget of about $400,000, and Bonner said he hoped it would allow him to hire another full-time librarian to work with children and programming. The independent library, which has its own tax levy, serves about 21,000 residents with one full-time librarian (Bonner) and 12 part-time staff members. It relies heavily on volunteers to help with programs. –Saint Louis Post-Dispatch
The folio, whose discovery was first reported by the regional French newspaper La Voix du Nord, is not the rarest book the St.-Omer library owns. It also has a Gutenberg Bible, of which fewer than 50 are known to survive.
But few books hold the first folio’s value — one was sold at Sotheby’s in 2006 for $5.2 million — or its mystique. It contains 36 plays, nearly all of Shakespeare’s output. Printed in a run of about 800 copies in 1623, seven years after the playwright’s death, it is considered the only reliable text for half of his plays. (No manuscripts of any Shakespeare plays survive.) –New York Times
18. Despite having less sexual experience than a house fern, you fall into throes of ecstasy at your first encounter with your lover’s erect member/manhood/scepter. He deflowers you with the utmost tenderness and it’s the best sex anyone has ever had and you do it for hours and hours.
19. Your orgasms are like an explosion of Roman candles, or an impossibly sweet bouquet of roses blossoming, or a sunburst that launches you to the heavens and carries you blissfully back down to earth on golden wings. This goes on for pages, at the end of which your lover strokes your hair and calls you “Sweeting.” –The Toast