well worth hearing • NPR’s On the Media has a piece on Virginia Quarterly Review publishing previously unpublished Mark Twain defense of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass.

must read • Scott Brown’s Fine Books Blog gives us a sneak preview of FB&C’s upcoming feature on the closing of Los Angeles celebrated .Heritage Book Shop

Mother of all banktoasters • Stanford University’s Copyright Renewal Database – Allows searching the Class A copyright renewal records received by the US Copyright Office between 1950 and 1993 for books published in the US between 1923 and 1963. ( Between those dates, a renewal registration was required to prevent the expiration of copyright, however determining whether a work’s registration has been renewed is a challenge) [via boing boing]

worth hearing • from NPR – the Political Thriller novel in the 21st century and they are using some of the people and places in contemporary headlines.

site to see • pick any two surfaces and This to That will tell you what glues to use.

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