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Letter Writing Ephemera

Just finished To the Letter: a Celebration of the Lost Art of Letter Writing by Simon Garfield.   It outlines the history of letter writing, while noting how the style and purpose of correspondence has changed over the centuries. It’s also … Continue reading

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The Great Inversion and The Future of the American City – A Review

Just finished Alan Ehrenhalt’s new book, The Great Inversion and the Future of the American City.  I’m on the fence about this book. It has some strong points, but there are definitely better recent books about the future/benefits of the … Continue reading

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What good are printed books?

There’s been a lot of discussion among publishers, librarians, and other bookish types about the future of the printed book. I for one am not optimistic. In order for the printed book to survive as a popular format, it must … Continue reading

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It can taste good or it can be healthy, but not both. A review of Salt Sugar Fat by Michael Moss

Intriguing book by Michael Moss called Salt Sugar Fat. Impressive level of detail on what specific companies have done to make processed foods taste good. They’ve been very successful at this. Also covers those same companies’ largely unsuccessful efforts to … Continue reading

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Reading e-books when the Internet beckons.

Ran across this article about e-books and their impact on publishers and readers. It’s titled “Losing Bookstores Is a Much Bigger Problem or Publishers than It Is for Readers” Hat tip to library news blog lisnews.com for making me aware of … Continue reading

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Her Humor Kills Me!

Thanks to Connie Willis, I’m reading Murder on the Orient Express right now.  How did a science fiction writer inspire one to read a classic murder mystery? I just finished The Best of Connie Willis, which is a collection of … Continue reading

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Outdoor Art to Soften Wal-Mart

I ran across a blog post on Twitter tonight (hat tip Ruth Padel) about an unusual book, drainspotting: 61 amazing manhole covers from Japan by Remo Camerota. It’s about manhole covers in Japan. Evidently it’s common in Japan for cities to decorate … Continue reading

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Her Adoring Fans

She heard the roar of the crowd across the building. Her fans erupted into deafening cheers as she walked into the room. Several threw themselves at her, wrapping their arms around her legs. It was her first performance after a … Continue reading

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Comprehension Test

“Cassandra, pay attention.” Cassandra looked up, startled.  She’d forgotten she was still in class. Ms. Smith droned on. “Understanding a story’s setting is important. Reading comprehension is an essential part of the state test and…CASSANDRA, GIVE THAT TO ME!” Cassandra … Continue reading

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Bookstore Requiem

Wandering the stacks Browsing bliss through coffee air I’ll buy it online

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