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saving space • Dundee University is throwing away thousands of books due to “demands on space”—even though a £7.5 million library extension is due to open next year. meethinks this will be all the rage with unviersities and libraries in the years to come.

event • an exhibition of Anne Frank’s letters, postcards and family notes, most never before seen by the public opens Wednesday at the Amsterdam Historical Museum.

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worth a looksee

mixed up media • the Reduced Shakespeare company is performing All the Great Books (Abridged) in Buffalo, NY until April 9th. The Reduced Shakespeare Company’s homepage has their tour schedules.

essay • from the Lansing CityPulse we get a piece on ephemera’s steady popularity.

audio • NPR covers the new translation of ‘Persian Book of Kings

events • New York Magazine gives a run down of the readings happening about town, apparently public readings in bars is the new HOT ticket. alcohol and books, who knew?

in the gene • 14,400 words about Richard Dawkins’ The Selfish Gene: Thirty Years On, with some audio downloads.

talking heads • NC Second graders interview Magic Tree House author Mary Pope Osborne

histoblog • Military Historian Mark Grimsley just won award for his academically related blog – really it seem the more chaff i wad thru the more wheat i find – go figure.

cookie • Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln won the New-York Historical Society first Book Prize for American History.

silly shopping • things you find while looking for other thing, for those who buy or wear such things.

blog of note • BibliOdyssey is a blog devoted to illustrations from old book. and is WELL worth checking out. I will be adding this one to the sidebar.

dinner & a book • a TN reading group called “the Pica 18 Bold” group is the focus of this cheerful piece.

A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore
Quite Honestly by John Mortimer

peekaboo • Ethan Persoff collects wierd comics books and loads the scans on his site.

remember this

“It is very comforting to believe that leaders who do terrible things are, in fact, mad. That way, all we have to do is make sure we don’t put psychotics in high places and we’ve got the problem solved.” – Tom Wolfe

flashback •
from the CJR Jack Shafer muses on the 40th anniversary of Tom Wolfe’s Electric Kool-Aid Aide Test

beaujolais • the NYPL has released their list of 25 Books to Remember from 2005 and l@@k more lists!! . . . sorry having a moment there, I’m a ‘list maker’.

podcast •
Guardian Book Club, Kazuo Ishiguro talks to UCL professor of English, John Mullan

very naughty • In 1967, Paul Krassner published Mad artist Wally Wood’s Disney parody as a centerspread for his satirical magazine, The Realist, and then as a poster,

short shelved • the Washington Post has a nice piece on folks out there who have more books than shelves and don’t have the excuse of being used book dealers. Doesn’t everyone live like this?

stoopid ekonyme • Scholastic shows weak earnings and is looking at massive layoffs. There are some parts who think this has been a self inflicted wound.

worth reading • from the Times Online Waldemar Januszczak deciphers the Michelangelo ‘code’

dead horses • Blythe Brown has been crowed indispensable literary spouse along with include Vera Nabokov, Olivia Twain and Tabitha King. Is it just ME or have they seriously run out of Dan Brown crap to print?

mitzvah • Several Grand Rapids MI schools are sending more than 11,000 books to replenish libraries in a hurricane-hit Mississippi school district.

flipside • Apparently the UK Love your Libraries program is riddled with irony, since the government that sponsored it, has also has let the actual number of books purchased for the libraries to dwindle.

new century, old conflicts • A Turkish Cypriot was fined £700 for not declaring an old book belonging to a Greek Cypriot to the Antiquities Department. ya gotta read a little bit between the lines of the report, but it’s excessive no matter how you twist it.


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if it's tuesday . . .

“The greatest scholars are not usually the wisest people.” – Geoffrey Chaucer

pen prez • Ron Chernow will succeed the novelist Salman Rushdie as the president of Pen American Center.

check it out • Even though he’s been dead for 600 years author, poet, philosopher, bureaucrat and diplomat Geoffrey Chaucer has a blog wherein he answers readers questions. Why didn’t I think of that?

and not to be outdone here’s a Shakespeare‘s Sonnet: “shall i compare thee to a summer’s day” translated into a programming language. ever get the feeling some people just have too much time ontheir hands?

from the Guardian, J G Ballard muses on modernist architecture and death.
from the NYT, Edward Rothstein muses on the health of the conversation.

giggle • from Blogcritics site, Joan Hunt thinks if “Pimps Think They Have it Hard – They Should Try Editing”

NPR • Edward Cotham, editor of The Southern Journey of a Civil War Marine: The Illustrated Note-Book of Henry O. Gusley, the diary of a Union Marine who was captured by Confederate soldiers on Sept. 8, 1863, guests on Morning edition.

covering covers • Magritte’s Impact on Book Cover Design from the WBUR’s arts blog.

who’s hot •
Kite Runner‘s Khaled Hosseini talks to audience in Gainesville

event • KitchenAid® The Book And The Cook® Food Network event – Philadelphia March 17-26

wurrah • Scottish Profs are worried that Edinburgh publisher Canongate’s revamp of their Classics series will leave important works of Scottish literature out of print. Oh please, is anything REALLY ever OOP anymore?

dystopia watch • the , including deleted e-mail messages. This is unrelated to the Department of Justice’s subpoena

obit bit • all the info I have so far – founder and owner of the Montreal bookstore Argo Books, John Lamont George,(82) died last Wednesday. An integral part of the downtown intellectual community for 40 years, George left the store to longtime employees Jim McPhail and his assistant.

meet the autopen

“If the national mental illness of the United States is megalomania, that of Canada is paranoid schizophrenia.” – Margaret Atwood

stupid author tricks agoraphobe author Margaret Atwood has designed a telepresence book signing robot to avoid glad handing pesky fans. We also have some directions if you would like to build one of your own.

packrat Robert Giroux (91) the G of FS&G was cleaning his apartment and stumbled over 3,000 pages of documents from Thomas Merton who died in ’68. So he donated them to Bellarmine University where they will no doubt be misplaced for another 35 years.

ironic author of Fast Food Nation speaks at Rice. What? like i was gonna NOT post something that silly?

moronic British historian David Irving was sentenced to three years in prison for denying the Holocaust.

oh puhleese TN school district considers banning To Kill a Mockingbird.

ransom notes Remember those books that Russian Troops sort of borrowed from Hungary in 1945? and are just now offering to return? yeah well the thing of it is they want Hungary to pay $400,000 in storage fees to get them back…and get this…they Hungarians are PAYING it.

multi-media Roger Ebert compares the terrific hyper-film Crash to a Dickens novel.

speaking in rubles (no, i am not below punning).…here’s a nice little piece on Dostoyevsky and Russia 125 years on.

routine bypass NPR essayist Sarah Vowell is now a regular on NYT Times Select premium content (read: PAY-to-read) Monday’s Pessimism Deficit.

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