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Browse On By: Links to Love February 28 2014

from Dandy Bread and Candy via Blogspot

When you’ve picked yourself up off the floor after collapsing into a puddle of awwwwwwwwwwws over the insane cuteness of that Elvis Presley photo, take a look at these links:

If you’re feeling really dorky, and I, for one, usually am, take a look at the first sentences of classic novels, diagrammed. 

Verona, July 17, 1796

I write you, my beloved one, very often, and you write very little. You are wicked and naughty, very naughty, as much as you are fickle. It is unfaithful so to deceive a poor husband, a tender lover! Ought he to lose all his enjoyments because he is so far away, borne down with toil, fatigue, and hardship? Without his Josephine, without the assurance of her love, what is left him upon earth? What can he do?

We had yesterday a very bloody affair; the enemy has lost many men, and has been completely beaten. We have taken the whole country around Mantua.

Adieu, adorable Josephine; one of these nights your door will open with a great noise; as a jealous person, and you will find me on your arms.

A thousand loving kisses.

BONAPARTE

If you are a Regency romance reader, it’s hard to remember, sometimes, that Napoleon Bonaparte was ever anything but a dirty frog/Mad Corsican/filthy beast. Alas, it’s hard not to get a little warm and fuzzy when you read his letters to his beloved Josephine. This website created to complement PBS’ Napoleon documentary is full of suchlike letters and other information about Bonaparte — by the time you’re done, you might wish someone would write a Regency with a French perspective.

If you sometimes feel that there’s someone in Harlequin’s offices playing paper dolls with virgins, sheikhs, Italian playboys, Texas cowboys and cute babies, well, you’re almost there. Turns out Harlequin knows just How To Write The Perfect Romance, and was helpful enough to share the formula with the rest of us! Because this Harlequin page has no image, I took the opportunity to insert a wholly gratuitous bizarre Harlequin cover image. I’m ashamed to admit that I’m intrigued by this cover. 

I’m a little headachy today, so I’m going to sign off with that. But just so you don’t feel cheated, here’s another gratuitous image, this one of yet another cute guy doing the darnedest thing:

In which world’s fastest Scotsman and all-around cutie-pie Jim Clark proves that the 1960s were a much more adorable time in general than the 2010s.


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Browse On By — Friday Link Love

I don’t know about you, but like Johnny Cash, I always prefer hiding under a shrub to eat strawberry cake with my hands.

Happy Friday! Happy Friday? Happy Friday?!?! I’ve not made my mind up yet, babies. But anyway, here are a few things you’ll love:

Guess what that is? A never-finished Regency-era sampler depicting the solar system! Or so they say over at the Museum of Childhood, where a wonderful blog post about Georgian-era asterism-themed samplers awaits you…

Say, did you know that Anne Mather’s classic Mills & Boon/Harlequin Leopard in the Snow was made into a movie? With Keir Dullea no less? Even if you did, you probably forgot about it, so you should get yourself right over to  the awesome Cinebeat blog to read a really good piece about the first (and only) major theatrical adaptation of a Harlequin romance.  The movie was evidently atrocious, but the information about Harlequin/Mills & Boon and the challenges inherent in bringing the mid-70s style heroine-centric romance to the screen is well worth reading. Also: Keir Dullea does not like leopards. At all.

Meanwhile, over at Digital Book World, people are very concerned that self-published e-books are mostly kind of porny…

from Amazon.com

…and, come to find out, all those porny books are probably Amazon’s fault, since Amazon and that pretty little Kindle Fire there are the worst thing that ever happened to books, according the New Yorker’s George Packer, by making it too easy for any old yahoo with a porny story to tell to publish it. 

So there! Have a wonderful weekend, or at least as good a weekend as Johnny Cash was having when he crawled under that shrub to eat his cake!


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Guys Do the Darnedest Things: Read With Your Puppy

What a week. Subzero temperatures. Frozen water lines. Eyeballs singed from keeping the heat in the car cranked up as I drove an hour and a half home from work in said subzero temperatures. But here’s a little cuteness to make up for all that:

That’s just Cary Grant reading something with a puppy in his pocket. Guar-ON-teed to be the cutest thing you see all day. Maybe all weekend. Now don’t you feel better?


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Guys Do the Darnedest Things: Yum!

Fridays should be fun.

Here’s a gratuitous picture that hits a few of my sweet spots: fast cars, ice cream, and cute guys doing the darnedest things:

Oh what — reporters be wanting a statement? Jim Clark ain’t got time for that.

He’s eating an ice cream, just getting ready to leave 20 other drivers in his exhaust fumes.

We can wait, absolutely adorable two-time Formula 1 world champion and the 1965 winner of the Indianapolis 500, best driver ever and all around tiny little good guy Jim Clark. We know you’re busy.

(I linked the picture back to my Pinterest page full of guys and dolls in fast cars, but it comes to us courtesy of Peter Windsor’s wonderful racing blog. If you have the least little tiny interest in contemporary or vintage F1 racing, you should check it out.)