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Where Van Halen Meets Librarians: The Weirdest Thing You will See Today

To describe this video in only one word would never do it justice, but if I had to: bizarre. Featuring a stern, turtlenecked librarian named Betty Glover, this is nearly five minutes of surreal, spoof workout advice for librarians, made in 1987 by an Arizona State University student. While disturbingly sizeist and focused on the […]

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Movies from Books, 2013

Publishers Weekly has a list of the 10 most anticipated 2013 movies from books. Here are my thoughts on each. 10. Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin I confess, I know little about this, as I’ve never read the book. It has a promising cast including Colin Farrell and Jennifer Connelly (something for everyone, then…!), but […]

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The James Bond Archives from Taschen

Taschen, one of our favorite publishers, has issued The James Bond Archives edited by Paul Duncan. The publisher claims the 600-page heavyweight book is “the most complete account of the making of the series, covering every James Bond film ever made.” Duncan spent two years researching over “one million images and 100 filing cabinets of […]

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Feminist Ryan Gosling to Play Christian Grey?

Ahahaha. Wow, I never thought I would find a way to incorporate the term “feminist” and the term “Christian Grey” into the same blog post title. Kudos to me. Two vaguely literary items of note regarding the gorgeous golden god that is Ryan Gosling: 1) The web site “Feminist Ryan Gosling” now has an accompanying […]

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Jane Austen Like You’ve Never Seen Her

Think you know everything about Jane Austen? Don’t be so sure. Our colleague Julie has compiled a list of 10 fascinating tidbits about Ms. Austen, and presents them in a most compelling – and creatively costumed- way in her video. Don’t miss out.

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Ask AbeBooks: Recommended Unusual Cookbooks

This ir our first “Ask AbeBooks” video, in which we recommend unusual cookbooks to Marjorie, who wrote to us from Wichita asking for gift suggestions. Enjoy. And if you’d like, you can read about even more weird cookbooks.

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David Sedaris Meets Silver Screen with C.O.G. Film

It’s early days, but I am cautiously optimistic this might come to fruition – at last, at last (a mighty huzzah!), it looks as though some of David Sedaris‘ brilliant, caustic and hilarious writing might find its way to a movie theater. The project is an adaptation of Sedaris’ essay called “C.O.G.”, from the 1997 […]

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The Fake Books from The Royal Tenenbaums – Made Real

I am a tremendous fan of Wes Anderson’s films. My husband and I recently saw Moonrise Kingdom and enjoyed it; I for one found it utterly charming and magical and my cheeks hurt from smiling when it was over. Of all the movies in Anderson’s oeuvre, my favorite would come down to either Rushmore or […]

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Mark Twain: A Thomas Edison Joint

Shot by Thomas Edison in 1909, this short video (no sound, obviously) is apparently the only footage of Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) in existence. It became part of a two-reel short film based on Twain’s The Prince and the Pauper. Twain died the year following the filming. via MentalFloss

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Kubrick & Clarke: The Letter That Resulted in 2001:A Space Odyssey

Another great find from Letters of Note, this time of the science-fiction variety. In March 1964, legendary film director Stanley Kubrick (who by ’64 already had Lolita, The Killing and Dr. Strangelove under his belt, among others) wrote to also-legendary science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke (who had already been Hugo-nominated by then), proposing a […]

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