Tag Archives: Books

Little Free Libraries

I’m in a condo, so sadly this isn’t too feasible right now. Definitely something to think about in the future, though.  What a wonderful idea. When a new library “registers” with the Free Little Library organization, it gets an official number and is added to a Google map where patrons can search for nearby libraries, see […]

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NY Times Advertisement

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/20/us/20ventura.html?hpw In an era when most authors make their appearances at well-publicised book signings in big box stores, Ray Bradbury is reading to kids at the local library. A class act advocating for a cause I’m happy to support. Mr. Bradbury frequently speaks at libraries across the state, and on Saturday he will make his […]

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Doug Fine: Author, Journalist, Adventurer, Goat-Herder

http://www.dougfine.com/ A tentative thumbs-up for a website and related book that have disappointed me. I first heard about Doug Fine through a>, and the fact that I don’t always agree with Kevin Kelly’s media suggestions should’ve been a heads-up. Instead, I eagerly placed Farewell, My Subaru on hold at the library and waited impatiently for […]

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BoredStop.com – Worlds Most Beautiful Libraries

http://www.boredstop.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=156 It’s a cruel irony that the single instance of these beautiful libraries I’ve managed to see in person (the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris) was book-free at the time. Damn renovations! I’m disheartened that an equally beautiful Parisien bookroom – the Bibliotheque Mazarine – isn’t pictured. Perhaps the patrons – unlike me – actually noticed […]

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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080229/ap_en_ot/holocaust_book_hoax_1;_ylt=AvWZCiTWb8iMugG1OklbnEoE1vAI More misty water-coloured memoirs. The tampering, this time, comes from a Holocaust survivor from Belgium: Defonseca wrote in her book that Nazis seized her parents when she was a child, forcing her to wander the forests and villages of Europe alone for four years. She claimed she found herself trapped in the Warsaw ghetto, […]

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Bed in a bookstore | Flickr – Photo Sharing!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/glynnis/218802601/ A begrudging thumbs-up to this photo of Shakespeare & Co., in Paris. The owner – now in his 90s – used to invite misfits and travellers of all stripes to stay in the store (the sit-and-read couches are all beds!) in exchange for a short, written biography and a couple of hours’ work shifting […]

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http://www.pointlesswasteoftime.com/pottercovers.html A selection of fake book covers for those too embarrassed to admit to reading the new Potter book. This one’s my favourite, if only for the NYTimes review:

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Copyright Renewal Database: Welcome

http://collections.stanford.edu/copyrightrenewals/bin/page?forward=home A thumbs-up for this service, which eliminates the is-it-or-isn’t-it question on copyright. A big thumbs-down, though, for copyright itself. I checked four books – all more than 70 years old – and every one of them has had the copyright renewed. My longing to see Don Marquis’ delightful Archy and Mehitabel series on Project […]

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Harry Potter and the mystery of an academic obsession | Books | The Observer

http://observer.guardian.co.uk/review/story/0,,1837941,00.html Author with a passing understanding of the Harry Potter saga attends an “academic” convention on the topic. Sort of Hogwarts meets Las Vegas. (Geeky guys would do well to note that this is where all the nerdy chicks can be found.) Snape, who’s been the baddie through six books, is almost universally adored, something […]

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Read It? No, but You Can Skim a Few Pages and Fake It – New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/24/books/24read.html?ei=5087%0A&em=&en=3fa36d40ad614493&ex=1172552400&pagewanted=print Now Pierre Bayard, a Paris University literature professor, has come to their rescue with a survivor’s guide to life in the chattering classes. And it is evidently much in need. “How to Talk About Books You Haven’t Read?” has become a best seller here, with translation rights snapped up across Europe and under negotiation […]

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