Need some random, mid-week links? Of course you do.
Linda meets Sir Salman. Jake reviews The Enchantress of Florence. Sam Sacks reviews the reviewers.
Steven Hart has some thoughts on avoiding scam literary agents and waxes nostalgic on the 30th anniversary of Animal House.
Heather Domin takes you on a tour of Roman gardens.
Adam at ALOTT5MA memorializes Madam Marie of Asbury Park, who featured in a well-known Springsteen lyric.
Scott Nokes points out his favorite part of Egil’s Saga. (Keep this in mind if you’re ever a guest in his home.)
What hath WALL-E to do with E.M. Forster? (Link via Books, Inq.)
Ephemeral New York introduces you to Brooklyn’s Civil War drummer boy and a facade of masks in the West Village.
Did you know the King Arthur Flour Company has its own blog? They also sell lots of neat Arthurian cookware. (Discovered thanks to the Naked Philologist.)
At Contemporary Nomad, crime authors contemplate the agony of publicity.
If you love to mix the sacred with the profane, why not buy this chavtaculoso Vatican hoodie?