When WH Auden Helped Dorothy Day

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Edward Mendelson, WH Auden’s executor, offers this anecdote in his article “The Secret Auden”: At times, he went out of his way to seem selfish while doing something selfless. When NBC Television was producing a broadcast of The Magic Flute for which Auden, together with Chester Kallman, had translated the libretto, he stormed into the producer’s [Read More...]

7 Book Takes

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I’ve never done one of Jen Fulwiler’s 7 Quick Takes before, but I see that Leah Libresco has turned Darwin Catholic’s Immediate Book Meme (and BTW, Darwins, your pizza recipe CHANGED OUR ENTIRE LIVES!) into a quick take thingie, and I know an idea worth stealing when I read one, so… — 1 —  What [Read More...]

Hear Hilaire Belloc Sing

Continuing yesterday’s theme of Wodehouse and Belloc, today we have not just the voice of Belloc, but we hear him sing his own songs! [Read more...]

Wodehouse Interviewed

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Here’s a Boxing Day treat for you: various clips of P.G. Wodehouse speaking. Despite a 26-year-long devotion to the great man and his books (a devotion I’ve passed on to my kids), I’d never heard him talk. Here’s the man Hilaire Belloc once called “the greatest writer of English now alive.” Hope you all have [Read More...]

Read More Trashy Books! For Free!

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My twin literary passions are at the absolute opposite ends of the spectrum: great literature, and pulp “trash.” I have no interest in almost anything  in between. I love the Western canon: Chaucer, Dante, Shakespeare, Donne, Dickens, Trollope, Yeats, Eliot, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and similar hacks. And I love vintage pulp fiction and comics: Doc Savage, [Read More...]

Evelyn Waugh’s Blood Book

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Dubbed “The Victorian Blood Book,” this unusual album was found in the collection of Waugh, who was a collector of Victoriana. The book includes 41 pages of religious decoupage/collage work tinted with blood-red ink. It includes extensive religious commentary, and depicts the struggles of faith and life and the ultimate victory of Christ. Here’s how [Read More...]

Vend-a-Book

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Library vending machines? According to this story, it’s a comin’ thing: Changing demographics and difficulty securing new funds for new libraries, The Pioneer Library System in Norman, Oklahoma decided to to use technology to meet its patrons [sic] needs. So last week, it opened the first 24-hour library vending machine in the United States. Built by [Read More...]

Amazon MatchBook: Get Kindle Versions of Your Purchases

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Remember when Amazon AutoRip went live and almost every hard-media CD you’d ever bought from Amazon (even those you’d bought as gifts for others) was automatically available as an MP3 download or cloud streaming file? For free? That was great. Amazon MatchBook does something similar for books and Kindle. Books you’ve bought in hard copy [Read More...]


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