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To say I’m excited about my first New York Antiquarian Book Fair (as an exhibitor), would be an understatement. As the best book fair in the world, exhibiting here really feels like “earning my stripes,” and is in many ways the culmination of over five years of work. Set-up begins this morning and I can’t [...]

Evaluating an Archive: Or Why I’m Glad I Have a Huge Dining Room Table

Feeling like crap today. Bad cold. Fortunately I have this to keep me occupied:

It’s newly-arrived archive I’m evaluating. I love going through, digging into, and organizing an archive, trying to piece together the story it tells. Especially useful in these situations is an over-sized dining room table (and an understanding wife). Can’t say much about [...]

Daily Links – November 13, 2009

Proulx papers. NYPL acquires.
the internet isn't killing anything. No, not even books.
Christian Swinehart's epic Choose Your Own Adventure visualizations. These are lovely and amazing.

Daily Links – November 12, 2009

Theme Park Maps through the ages. Great ephemera site. And proof that collections need not be costly to be cool.

Daily Links – November 7, 2009

Please – no preferential treatment. Isaac Asimov is so cool.

Daily Links – November 5, 2009

MA Gov Suggests State Library May Close. Um. Yeah. So bad.
Edmund Wilson's all-purpose "get lost" letter. This is just too friggin awesome.

Daily Links – November 4, 2009

Books have stalled. “Book mechanic” Michael Turner explaining how books are like rotary phones.
A LITTLE NIGHT READING. Pondering the impact of new technologies and the internet on the ability to maintain sustained reading and attention.
Book Review: "The Case for Books". Makes me want to read this Robert Darnton collection.
Unfurling: Isabel Rucker's 400-foot-long graphic novel scroll. [...]

Daily Links – November 3, 2009

Mark Twain, illuminated. Mark Twain with Tesla Coil. No not a title of post-modern still life.

Daily Links – October 29, 2009

William S. Pumpkin-Burroughs. Offered without comment. The Beat great immortalized in squash.

Daily Links – October 28, 2009

“May we take some pictures of your books?” Book designers seek inspiration at rare book fair.
“I refuse to allow Stanley to get away with his robbery.” Great letter from Full Metal Jacket author and book thief (!?) Gastav Hasford from the fantastic “Letters of Note” blog.
Free Book Repair Training Manual. Looks useful. Via Bookfinder.
THE DIY [...]

Daily Links – October 27, 2009

People read more than books. Kottke getting it exactly right with what’s wrong with Kindle/Nook/etc.

Daily Links – October 21, 2009

Rosie the Riveter bookends. Yum.
My DIY publishing experiment, WITH A LITTLE HELP. This is the future of publishing and bookselling. Pay attention.
Essential plot twists for writers. 42 ideas for your third act. Not much new under the sun.
Google's page turners. Oops!

Daily Links – October 20, 2009

Model/Actress in Afrikaans photo-novels. Fascinating piece on a genre I never knew existed.

Daily Links – October 17, 2009

Why Your Idea to Save Journalism Won't Work (a checklist). Very funny. Painfully accurate.

Daily Links – October 16, 2009

UNPACKING MY LIBRARY. Elegant Variation unpacks his long-stored library and has an excellent book recommendation.
Alice in Wonderland nudes. Alice/pin-up mashup. A little SNFW.

Daily Links – October 15, 2009

Radical Militant Librarian tee. Must have. Too cool.

Daily Links – October 10, 2009

Ugly and Bizarre book covers. Our buddy William at Hang Fire got a nice plug on Boing Boing about, well…
Book Review: "The Man Who Loved Books Too Much". Jeremy’s got one of the best revews I’ve read so far. I’m reading the book now.
SLJ Editor to Cushing Academy Parents. An open letter to the bookless [...]

Daily Links – October 9, 2009

Rich guy dislikes poor people, wants local kids to "lose sleep" over plan to shut library. Rich a-hole works to close town library, makes kids cry. Really.

Daily Links – October 7, 2009

My (sort of) Fourteenth-Century Bar Mitzvah. “And so it came to pass that on the 27th day of Tishri in the year 5725, young Stephen ben Kenneth ben Edward ben Morris ben Aaron of the House of Gertz (formerly Gershowitz, “Horse Traders to the Czar Since 1826”), who dwelt in the land of Queens in [...]

Daily Links – October 6, 2009

Wondermark's Genre Fiction Generator. Easy peasy.

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