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Making Books in 1947: A How-to Video

Boy, does this ever look labor intensive. All that type-setting, all those machines and fumes and people and copper and wax involved in the making of one book. But it sure is charming. And am I alone in missing the days when men used enough pomade in their hair to retain comb marks?

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A Glimpse of Christian Grey from 50 Shades of Grey

Picture using image-composite technology. But instead of using it for police purposes to track down a criminal, it is instead to titillate and engage millions of lust-crazed fans of the bestselling erotica phenomenon Fifty Shades of Grey (you can read my review of 50 Shades of Grey here). How? By creating your very own image […]

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I Saw A Peacock With a Fiery Tail

Have you ever heard of a trick poem? What about this one, from the 17th century, called I Saw A Peacock With a Fiery Tail? Depending on the way the poem is read, with what line breaks, it takes on two very different meanings for the reader. This edition, breathtakingly illustrated by award-winning, central Indian […]

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Life of Pi by Yann Martel – Teaser Trailer

It’s been 11 years since the publication of Yann Martel’s book of mystery, metaphor and magical realism, Life of Pi, was published. At long last, there is a snippet available – albeit very brief – of the upcoming film adaptation to stoke our excitement. The film is due for release in the United States in […]

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Threats of Book Burning Save a Library

In what is among the most genius uses of social media I’ve recently seen, the city of Troy Michigan saved their public library by leveraging people’s love of books (and intense loathing of censorship and book burning). Watch the video for more – it gave me goosebumps.

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Video: Ray Bradbury On Why We Need Books

The late, so great Ray Bradbury on why we need books, why we need art, why we need the fantasy and escape and imagination. There is also some fascinating information about the making of the film adaptation of The Illustrated Man. “We need artists. We need people like myself, who take hold of a piece […]

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Artist Cuts Books into Mark Zuckerberg’s Face

…Get it? Facebook? (warning: books were harmed in the making of this video.)

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7 Upcoming Movies from Books I’m Excited About

I’m a big fan of films adapted from books. There are always a fair number of doozies that they get horribly wrong, a lot of decent adaptations, and if we’re lucky, a few shining gems that really do justice to the book and its fans. Some of the upcoming movies from books I’m most curious […]

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AbeBooks Review: The Blind Side and Moneyball by Michael Lewis

Enjoy my colleague Richard’s review of The Blind Side and Moneyball, both by Michael Lewis – the writing is interesting enough to keep even a non-sports fan interested.

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Christopher Walken Reads “Where the Wild Things Are”

Curmudgeonly grump and marvelously imaginative author Maurice Sendak died a week ago today. I came across this again today and thought it was worth a revisit…. Sendak’s classic Where the Wild Things Are, as ready by Christopher Walken*. Makes me laugh every time. “The kid is kind of a jerk. I think that’s the point […]

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