The Most Important Book I Ever Read

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I wish I could say it was something grand that I can look back upon with pride: maybe the Bible, or Hamlet, or In Our Time, or the Divine Comedy, or Gatsby, or The Confessions, or Lord of the Rings, or the tales of Poe and Doyle and Lovecraft. But although I would cite all [Read More...]

Another Thanks To My Readers

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Amazon’s Affiliate program is an easy way for blog readers to support bloggers: when you access Amazon from one of my links, and buy something, I get 4-6% commission from Amazon. Over Christmas, this worked out pretty well, and I got my store credit last week. Here is some of what I’m enjoying thanks to you fine [Read More...]

Is Print Really Dead?

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My mother says she always knew that I’d be a writer, which is odd since I assumed I’d be a filmmaker, or maybe Indiana Jones. (I hedged my bets in college and got degrees in both film production and English, after dropping out of the Anthropology program, thus ending my Indy dreams.) I worked for [Read More...]

Sr. Boulding: “Grace was there first”

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“If you want God, and long for union with him, yet sometimes wonder what that means or whether it can mean anything at all, you are already walking with the God who comes. If you are at times so weary and involved with the struggle of living that you have no strength even to want [Read More...]

Now You Can Smell Like a Book

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Paper Passion is a new scent from Geza Schoen, Gerhard Steidl, and Wallpaper magazine, with packaging by Karl Lagerfeld. It’s one of those moments when I really wish we had smellovision, or maybe a smelloscope, since “it smells like books” can mean a lot of different things. Are we talking cheap paperbacks, limited editions with creamy [Read More...]

The Illuminated Sketchbook of Stephen Schriber

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Regular commenter Ron19 post this link to an amazing little late-medieval sketchbook by a monk named Stephen Schriber. Brother Schriber is quite obviously doing studies and practice work for his marginals and capitals. I have a lot of books about medieval illumination, but I’ve never seen one like this, where you see the process of [Read More...]

eBook Sales Surpass Hardcover

Well that didn’t take long: American publishers are now bringing in more revenue from ebooks than hardcover books, according to a report published by the Association of American Publishers (AAP). The figures, which were posted on GalleyCat on Friday, show that net sales revenue from ebooks exceeded that of hardcover books in the first quarter of the year. The data was compiled from [Read More...]

Book Sculpting

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Strange and beautiful, these book sculptures by Alexander Korzer-Robinson are created by sealing old books with glue and carving down through the pages to create layered works of art. Gorgeous. My Kindle will one day be landfill. It will never be art. My library of some 6,000 volumes will one day be someone else’s to [Read More...]


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