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29 March 2012
Yesterday was my book store volunteer day. I chose to read a real light-weight book, "Girl Cook." It was a real chick book which I chose because its cover promised to give a glimpse into the kitchens of New York restaurants. It did that, perhaps in more detail than the average diner wants to know, but the basic story was pretty slim and predictable -- the story of a 28 year old's search for meaningful employment in a misogynistic world and a man in her life. How many thousands of books are written about that?
It was something like 225 pages long and I polished it off with an hour to spare. I was going to give up and read the book I'm currently reading on my Kindle, despite my self-imposed principles about not reading an electronic book while working in a real book store. But it was raining and we had very few customers and..who was going to see me? And who, but me, cared about my principles anyway?
I got out the kindle but then I happened to glance up to one of the top display shelves in the store and saw this book:
Now I need another "complete Gilbert & Sullvan" book the way I need another Judy Garland book. But those are the two subjects that most draw me when I see them. This is a big plush book which traces the history of theater in England along with the development and the stories behind the G&S operettas and...hey...it was only $8. Such a deal!
So I bought it, paying my weekly dues for the privilege of working at Logos Books (there have been very few weeks when I did not buy at least one book!).
Last night, as we were watching Dancing with the Stars--the results show (the right person was voted off first...I predict there will be no little house on the DWTS prairie at next week's elimination), I started just thumbing through the book during commercials and discovered that toward the end there is an eight page chronological table of the most important events in the history of Gilbert and Sullivan, in the Arts, and in the World from 1836 (when W.S. Gilbert was born) to 1913 (when Helen Carte, the wife of Richard d'Oyly Carte died). It was such a weird list of things that I had to share it here. I'm just posting what the writers of this book think are the most important world events in various years--I won't use all the years. There are usually 4-5 entries for each year; I'm just choosing the most interesting.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
"Auntie Em! Auntie Em!"