Barbarians stop by woods on a snowy evening.
Robert Frost's former home in Ripton, Vt., was ransacked last weekend when 50 or more people broke into the historic site for what police called "an underage-drinking party," according to the AP.
The vandals "broke a window to get into the two-story wood frame building--a furnished residence open in the summer--before destroying tables and chairs, pictures, windows, light fixtures, and dishes. Wicker furniture and dressers were smashed and thrown into a fireplace and burned, apparently to provide heat in the unheated building. . . . empty beer bottles and cans, plastic cups, and cellophane apparently used to hold marijuana were also found . . . vandals vomited in the living room and discharged two fire extinguishers inside the building."
Something there is that doesn't love . . .
Some say the world will end in fire . . .
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.
Incidentally Craig Popelars of Algonquin, which last fall published An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England by Brock Clarke, commented, "This is not our fault."
The Paperback Exchange, Lancaster, Pa., has reopened less than four months after being destroyed by fire, the Eagle-Gazette reported. "I've had a lot of people contacting me, wanting to know when I would be back," said owner Leanne McClellan. "I've also had a lot of people walking in (to the new store), and that's been fun."
Books-A-Million is opening a store in the Canton Marketplace in Canton, Ga., north of Atlanta. The store will be BAM's 16th in Georgia.
Among other "underperforming" Borders stores to close this month besides outlets in Wayne, N.J., and East Brunswick, N.J., as noted here yesterday: the store in Block E in downtown Minneapolis, Minn., according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. The Block E Borders opened five years ago, when the development opened. Borders had tried subleasing the space.
Sadly Sandy Taylor, co-founder and co-director of Curbstone Press, Willimantic, Conn., died on Friday, December 21. He was 76.
An English teacher and translator from Danish, Taylor, with his wife, Judith Ayer Doyle, founded Curbstone in 1975. The nonprofit press focused on publishing titles with social awareness, human rights and peace themes and emphasized Latino, Latin American and Vietnamese work, including fiction and poetry.
Curbstone offers a full tribute on its website, and the Hartford Courant has a touching obituary.
Forget about Black Friday. Not only is it over for 2007, but the term just made Lake Superior State University's annual List of Words Banished from the Queen's English for Mis-Use, Over-Use and General Uselessness, according to the AP (via USA Today).
Nicole Russo has been promoted to associate director of publicity in Simon & Schuster children's publicity, having risen steadily within the department.
Also in S&S children's publicity, Lila Haber has been promoted to publicity manager from senior publicist and had previously worked at HarperCollins.
In other children's news, Christy Ottaviano, most recently executive editor at Holt, will launch her own imprint in fall 2008. Ottaviano has edited Laurie Keller (The Scrambled States of America; Arnie the Doughnut), Kimberly Willis Holt (When Zachary Beaver Came to Town; Piper Reed, Navy Brat) and, this past fall, Ying Chang Compestine's Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party, among many other authors and artists during her 15 years at Holt.