1. I know I promised more M.F.K. Fisher this week, but I was too sleepy to pull my favorites.

2. International Talk Like a Pirate Day is coming up on the 19th. That’s TUESDAY. Get ready here.

3. Some etymology: I’ve never liked the word “maroon,” probably because I don’t really care for the color it describes. (I don’t mind it when it refers to piratcally stranding someone on an island. Or when used in Warner Bros. cartoons: “What a maroon!”) But I looked up its origins and it’s directly from the French word for chestnut, marron. And I like chestnuts.