Bites: Edward Lear poetry, rare Obama interview, Tim Burton cares not, San Fran’s strategic real estate changes, fighting for the “link economy”

By Willa A. Cmiel
The Book Bench on Edward Lear: “This week the British Library is publishing two beautiful facsimiles (which will be distributed by the University of Chicago Press), of the 1888 and 1889 editions of books by the multi-talented Edward Lear, an English artist and writer best known for the children’s classic ‘The Owl and the Pussycat.‘” More personally he reminds me of family car trips reciting limericks. My personal favorite:

There once was a Young Person of Smyrna
Whose grandmother threatened to burn her;
But she seized on the cat, and said ‘Granny, burn that!
You incongruous old woman of Smyrna.’

And elsewhere:

  • Tim Burton gives the middle finger to politically correct parents who think his movies are too scary. Check out the upcoming Alice in Wonderland trailer here.