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Books Meet Beastie Boys: Sabotage Re-enacted by Librarians

Here’s some Monday morning fun to put a smile on your face – the librarians at the New York Public Library have re-enacted the Beastie Boys’ epic 1994 music video, directed by Spike Jonze, for their song Sabotage.

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A Letter from E.B. White – Charlotte the Spider was Real

And now, in news to delight children and adults alike, it turns out there really was a Charlotte the Spider in E.B. White’s life. The news comes from a 1952 letter White wrote to his editor when asked to provide background as to what inspired him to write Charlotte’s Web. His explanation reads as follows: […]

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Andy Warhol’s Index: The 1967 Pop-up Book for Hipsters

American pop artist Andy Warhol‘s glory days were the 1960s. Warhol was firmly ensconced in the New York art scene and had a decade of exhibitions and acclaim under his belt. Art-wise, he had already worked his way from shoe advertisements and silkscreened record album covers up to what he became best-known for: the iconic, […]

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Bookshelves of the Rich and Famous

If money were no object, what would your book collection look like? Would you own an original Hobbit, a signed Einstein or the ultimate Joyce collection for six figures? I find myself dreaming about this from time to time. I love books so much, in so many different ways – the pleasure of reading (chiefly), […]

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Killer Crabs, The Moon Monster and More

Caution, gentle readers – this will terrify and horrify. Beware the evil, scaled visage of The Monster Fish, the multiple heads of The Hydra Monster and many more. Shock! Terror! Revulsion! You’ll want to close your eyes and scream as you encounter scales, claws, antennae and worse with this selection of Retro Monster Books! Sent […]

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July’s Most Expensive Book Sales

Salman Rushdie’s 1980 book, Midnight’s Children, continues to fascinate readers and collectors. This tale of India’s transition to independence won the Booker Prize and appears on every list of must-read modern novels. Discover how much a rare uncorrected proof of the first UK edition sold for in July – and it was considerably north of […]

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Hunter S. Thompson’s Face on the US $100 Bill

Before Hunter S. Thompson died in 2005, the eccentric author and father of gonzo journalism could never have imagined his face would end up adorning the United States $100 bill. That’s because it never will, of course. Thompson was a wildly erratic, unpredictable and often extremely inappropriate individual who refused to bow to convention and […]

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What Type of Reader Are You?

Laura E. Kelly, a former executive in the editorial world of books and magazines, now resides mainly online, helping book industry types bridge the gap to the digital age. She created this infographic detailing some of the many species of booklovers. I see myself in many of these – but not near the bottom, of […]

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Collectible Lobby Cards from Film’s Golden Age

The delight of movie buffs everywhere, lobby cards are one of the more glamorous types of ephemera listed for sale on AbeBooks. Smaller than movie posters, lobby cards were first used in the early 20th century, to generate buzz and excitement about a new motion picture. Most typically glossy 8X10 on heavy card stock (as […]

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Steampunk 101 – The Literature

It’s okay, if you don’t really “get” Steampunk. I’m sure you’ve heard the term, maybe you have a vague notion that it involves goggles and hot air balloons and the inner workings of clocks, and perhaps time machines and top hats. It’s a pretty specific genre, born of science fiction and Victorian sensibilities together – […]

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