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British council names garbage truck for David Sedaris

Earlier this week, the West Sussex County Times published a charming little article about a local hero “who devotes a great deal of time and energy to walking many miles clearing litter from near where he lives as well as surrounding areas.” The district’s government is so thankful for his tireless work that they’ve decided to give him the ultimate honor: They’re naming a garbage truck after him.

The litter-picker’s name? David Sedaris.

Yep—that David Sedaris, bestselling author of Me Talk Pretty One DayNaked, and countless endlessly amusing essays for The New Yorker, not to mention umpteen NPR segments. He moved to the English countryside with his longtime partner, Hugh Hamrick, three years ago. READ FULL STORY

Jane Austen gets a new gig as face of the ten-pound note

First the Royal Baby and now news that Jane Austen will replace Charles Darwin as the face of the British Ten Pound note? Wow, England is having quite a week.

The legendary author of classics like Pride and Prejudice, Emma, and Sense and Sensibility will have her bonneted profile printed on the new Ten Pound note, which will be released in 2017.  Austen’s charming quote —  “I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!” — graces the bottom of the bill.

Austen’s PR rep must be really good at their job: The author’s fandom is reaching a fever pitch, with the new film Austenland telling the tale of a hotel where singletons can act out on their most romantic Austen fantasies, and websites the world over celebrating Emma — I mean Clueless‘s — 18th anniversary this week.

 

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