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Muhammad Ali’s Legendary Trainer Angelo Dundee Dies at 90

Angelo Dundee has passed away at 90. His illustrious and unforgettable career included training Sugar Ray Leonard, George Foreman, and of course Muhammad Ali.

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Howard Pyle’s Art: Pirates to Robin Hood

American author and illustrator Howard Pyle had a huge influence on modern popular culture. He died in 1911 and you can see his influence in movies, television and books today. He transformed Robin Hood from a villain to a hero. He defined the look of pirates and positioned them as fearless adventurers. His first full […]

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I Like Big Books – A Literacy Rap

The staff and students at Dowell Middle School in McKinney, Texas put together this rap spoof about taking books out of the library. Love it.

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From YouTube’s vault: David Foster Wallace interviewed by Charlie Rose

YouTube might be stuffed full with videos of crazy cats and toddlers falling over, but it’s also an amazing archive like this opportunity to listen to David Foster Wallace express himself. This video was broadcast on March 27, 1997.

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Books in motion: a bookshelf video

This stop-motion video must have taken forever to make, but it’s lovely. Life’s too short for constant reorganization of my bookshelves.

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The Bookstore Comes Alive at Night

The joy and beauty of being a book, stop-motion style.

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Video review of R. Crumb’s Heroes of Blues, Jazz & Country

My colleague Beth offers this review of R. Crumb’s Heroes of Blues, Jazz & Country. Robert Crumb, better known as R. Crumb, is an American cartoonist, well-known for being outspoken, critical and subversive, for his highly recognizable illustrative style, and for his friendship and collaborations with Charles Bukowski. But many people don’t realize that Crumb […]

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Goat eats textbook

Goats can eat anything including old textbooks. (However, to be honest, this goat should really have sold back that old textbook through the AbeBooks buyback program. There’s a lot of perfectly good grass in that field.)

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Video review of Toast by Nigel Slater: my latest food memoir read

Toast: The Story of a Boy’s Hunger by Nigel Slater is the latest food memoir that I have read. I’m a fan of Heat by Bill Buford, Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain and The Hungry Years by William Leith. This memoir is a little softer than those three but that’s part of its appeal. Slater […]

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The difference between ex-library & ex libris books

When searching on AbeBooks, you will see the terms ex-library and ex libris. Although they sound similar, it’s important to understand the difference between the two. Ex-library shows that the book was once in a public library. Ex-library books are usually identified with some marking of the library – a stamp, a card pocket, or […]

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