Friday Whatnot: November 7, 2014

Want to watch Stanley Tucci in the kitchen? This video, appropriately named Seduction at the Stove: Stanley Tucci’s Table, celebrates his cookbook, The Tucci Table, featuring recipes that celebrate his Italian roots and those of his British wife, Felicity Blunt.

This is a fun little report from Mashable, on what is thought to be the world’s first “selfie”:

In October or November 1839, one Robert Cornelius, then 30 years old, set up his camera at the back of his father’s shop in Philadelphia, removed the lens cap, ran into the frame and sat stock still for five minutes before running back and replacing the lens cap. In so doing, he had created what is believed to be the first photographic self-portrait.

Read about the history and see the first “selfie” here.

And finally, in case you haven’t heard, Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes is in the public domain.

On Monday, the Supreme Court refused to hear a case filed by Doyle’s estate. The claim held that authors needed to pay the estate a licensing fee if they wanted to publish stories about the detective. This refusal to hear the case leaves intact a decision by 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Richard Posner, who ruled in June that most of Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories are no longer protected by copyright.


Beth Golay

Beth is a reader, writer, marketer and Books & Whatnot founder. Even though she knows better, she's a sucker for a good book cover and will positively swoon if a book is set in appropriate type. @BethGolay