This week's edition of Saturday Sharing highlights LabLit, novelist Mark Siegel and his wonderful site Sailor Twain, the blogs Ephemeral New York and The Bowery Boys, Victoriana and Victorian Rituals, and the American history site Clio. The feature video is about the effects of color.
✦ Science, scientists, and labs in fiction, the media, and across popular culture is the focus of LabLit, edited by scientist and science writer Dr. Jennifer Rohn. Don't let the word "science" scare you off. There's plenty at this site to inform, surprise, and entertain even the the least science-oriented among us. (My thanks to Farm Lane Books for the link.)
✦ Web extras for graphic novelist Mark Siegel's Sailor Twain or the Mermaid in the Hudson include an impressive rain playlist featuring Jacques Brel, Eurythmics, Guns and Roses, Ray Charles, and many other composers and musicians.
New York-based Siegel is the force behind Macmillan Publishers imprint First Second Books, dedicated to graphic novels. Be sure to visit the site.
✦ The Big Apple is ever-changing, and Ephemeral New York blog aims to chronicle it all. Some wonderful historical information about New York City can be found here, and also at the fascinating blog The Bowery Boys.
✦ If you have a special interest in all things Victorian, check out Victoriana, where you can indulge yourself in information about historic Victorian houses and restoration, gardening, decorating, recipes and menus, fashions, and parties and fun, among other subjects. There's even a fun article titled "Dating in the Victorian Age".
Also of interest is a separate site, Victorian Rituals, which addresses, among other fun stuff, Tea Thyme Rituals and Popular Victorian Rituals (etiquette, calling cards, language of flowers, letter writing).
✦ At Clio, American history is explored in images and words. In addition to one-of-a-kind online photography exhibits, the site features a virtual exhibition titled "Illustrated Histories and the American Imagination, 1840-1900" that uses interactive graphics and another titled "Lowell Thomas and Lawrence of Arabia: Making a Legend, Creating History".
Clio on FaceBook
✦ Here's Off Book's video "The Effect of Color", which takes a quick look at the influences of color: