Are You Reading What He’s Reading? [via The New York Times]
Jonathan Franzen’s new novel, “Freedom,” was likely to be a bestseller, but when news leaked that President Barack Obama had obtained a copy before its publication date, sales were pushed “over the top.” Obama has previously given sales bumps to Joseph O’Neill’s “Netherland” and Marilynne Robinson’s “Gilead” after mentioning they are among his favorite reads. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work; in addition to “Freedom,” Obama picked up Brad Leithauser’s “A Few Corrections,” but it has achieved no extra notoriety.
Bones found at William and Mary are canine, not human [via The Williamsburg-Yorktown Daily]
Archaeologists digging on the campus of the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. have discovered the bones of canines in a formal burial, the first known discovery of formal pet burial from the colonial period. “I don’t know of any instance of the formal, intentional interment of animals in the 18th century, either dogs or cats,” said Joanne Bowen, a research professor in the college’s Department of Anthropology and a zooarchaeologist with the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. “We find them in the 19th century. But in the Colonial period, people didn’t think of their dogs and cats in the same way we do now.”
More Mr Nice Guy: Why everyone loves Russell Tovey [via The Independent]
The Independent profiles British actor Russell Tovey, best known for his roles in the original run and movie adaptation of the popular play “The History Boys” and as a werewolf on the BBC’s “Being Human.” “Tovey is a bit Norman Wisdom, a bit Lee Evans, verbally and physically dextrous, all high-pitched splutters and facial gymnastics.” Tovey also discusses acting, his new sitcom, “Him & Her,” and the impact coming out had on his family.