This is a gem of a little book, by Richard Harris, with handsome drawings of timber-framed buildings in England. It's of interest not only to lovers of these structures, but valuable for architects who may be designing a new building, or restoring an old one. There's a Google preview of the entire book here: http://bit.ly/bSR1Y
A study done in 2007 (that I belatedly discovered) showed that "…alternating short bursts of high-intensity exercise with easy-does-it recovery…dramatically improved endurance capabilities. "
"…new evidence suggests that a workout with steep peaks and valleys can dramatically improve cardiovascular fitness and raise the body’s potential to burn fat….best of all, the benefits become evident in a matter of weeks." See: http://bit.ly/Kkr7J
NYTimes drawing by Chris Sharp
Jeff Galloway, author of our two running books, has been in the limelight lately. On June 1st, New York Times writer Tara Parker Pope described how she is using Jeff's revolutionary walk-run training technique to run her first (NYC) marathon. Tara, "…more couch potato than runner," was discovering first-hand, that "… walk breaks are a way for older, less fit and overweight people to take part in a sport that would otherwise be off limits. But most surprising are the stories from veteran runners who say run-walk training has helped them post faster race times than ever."
Jeff's two books, Galloway's Book on Running, and Marathon: You Can Do It!, are selling better this year than in 2008. Totals since publication:
GBR: 73,000 copies (the first version sold 550,000 copies)
Marathon: 103,000 copies
Jeff's blog: http://jeffgalloway.typepad.com/
Jeff's tweets: http://twitter.com/jeffgalloway
Here is a unique and quite wonderful illustrated piece on Thomas Jefferson and friends by illustrator Maira Kalman.
"He studied Hessian flies and Voltaire and maps of Africa and the Koran and Shakespeare. In the study were his telescopes and polygraph copying machine and revolving bookstand in books. he knew Greek, Latin, French, Spanish, and Italian. When he read Spinoza, he read him in Latin. When he read Euripides, he read him in Greek. He wrote to (John) Adams, 'I cannot live without books.'"
Sent us by Fritzi Drosten
"I'm a full grown natural man…"
Look at how Robbie Robertson's face comes in and out of shadow and light
— to be backing Muddy, does not get better. Robby's in bliss when Muddy sings:
The line I shoot,
I'll never miss.
When I make love to a girl,
She can't resist…