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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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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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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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Morgan Freeman Sings for Literacy as “Easy Reader”

This is Morgan Freeman in approximately 1971 as “Easy Reader” – a literacy-promoting character on The Electric Company, a children’s television show in the 1970s. Amazing. Words fail me, so I will let the video speak for itself. “Top to bottom and left to right, readin’ stuff is… outta sight!” “What I’m needin’….is somethin’ for […]

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Video: The Lovecraft Anthology Volume 1

This video preview of The Lovecraft Anthology Volume One is glorious. So dark and myserious and bizarre, and…well, Lovecraftian. I look forward to reading the anthology. The description reads: “A graphic anthology of tales from the renowned master of the eerie. Featuring collaborations between established writers and artists as well as debut contributors, The Lovecraft […]

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