Thursday, November 14, 2013

Famous last words: writers; women reading; Naxos Advent Christmas music app

Voltaire: said in response to a priest asking him to renounce Satan.
Here are a couple of good ones from a Buzzfeed feature on authors' famous last words.
On his deathbed, Anton Chekhov requested morphine and champagne from his doctor.
The woman at left is going for a Clare Danes/Kate Blanchett's sort of intensity . She's one of a group of very funny stock photos of women reading rounded up and captioned by Crown Publishing.
"Yes, I am shirtless in my backyard caressing my face with an apple. We all have our reading rituals."
Here's a freebie you might want to check out: Naxos Music's new Advent Calendar app. Each day, a new door can be ‘unlocked’ to reveal a piece of seasonal music from Naxos’s classical music catalogue. The 25 tracks feature performances of undiscovered works, Christmas carols and instrumental pieces—including ‘Ding, dong, merrily on high’ and ‘In dulci jubilo’ performed by the Worcester Cathedral Choir, 'Gloria in excelsis Deo' from Vivaldi’s Gloria performed by Schola Cantorum Oxford and the Northern Chamber Orchestra, Mozart’s ‘Sleigh Ride’ from his Three German Dances performed by Capella Istropolitana, and 'Glory to God in the highest' from Handel’s Messiah performed by the Choir of New College Oxford and the Academy of Ancient Music. Starting in December, you can download it worldwide on iOS and Android devices through iTunes and Google Play.


  1. Not to be morbid, but Buzzfeed's earlier feature gave George Bernard Shaw's last words: "Dying is easy, comedy is hard."

    I didn't think they had caption contests way back then!

  2. "Yes, I am shirtless in my backyard caressing my face with an apple.

    Maybe she’s reading the Book of Genesis, looking for advice.