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Psychos, Pencils, and Fines

August 8, 2012 | by

  • This terrific German blog gives the pencil its due (and, perhaps, then some).
  • In a time when e-books outsell their paper counterparts, NPR wonders whether cover design is a dying art.
  • In a gesture of either great magnanimity or great desperation, the Chicago Public Library waives all fines.
  • Movies you may not have known were inspired by books. (In the case of Psycho, probably because Hitchcock tried to buy up all the copies so there’d be no “spoilers.”)
  • On the one hand, we take issue with some of the rankings on this list of the hundred greatest young-adult novels. On the other, it’s encouraging to know kids are voting. (At least, we hope that’s the explanation.)
  • In obligatory Fifty Shades of Grey news, author E. L. James is curating an album of the classical music featured in the trilogy. (For the uninitiated: in addition to being the world's youngest billionaire and most accomplished lover, Christian Grey is also a world-class musician.)
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    Create Your Own Genie; Listen to Beckett

    July 23, 2012 | by

  • The Cygnus Ensemble is presenting three original musical pieces to accompany Samuel Beckett plays.
  • Omitting letters can confuse. How is the poor reader expected to differentiate between b******* and b*******?”
  • Jonathan Swift and the question of truth.
  • “E-books appear to be doing for religious books what they did for erotica.”
  • Happy (belated) birthday to scholar, teacher, and Norton Anthology founder  M. H. Abrams.
  • Create your own genie to win a bookstore gift certificate.
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    Book Mazes, Ugly Covers, Hauntings

    July 20, 2012 | by

  • Brazilian artists Marcos Saboya and Gualter Pupo have made a maze out of books.
  • Beautiful books, ugly covers.
  • Sure, e-books are huge, but are they heirlooms?
  • Regardless, Penguin has acquired self-publishing platform Author Solutions.
  • And the British government is looking into the whole public-library-e-book-lending situation.
  • In other news, a haunted bookstore?
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    Erotic Classics, Christian Colleges, Dealbreakers

    July 19, 2012 | by

  • Yup: e-books outsold hard copies in 2011.
  • Out of the mouths of babes: a six-year-old judges classics by their covers.
  • Speaking of classics: a British publisher adds sex scenes to them. Erotic rewrites include Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre.
  • Written a great opener? Call the first graf hotline.
  • The C. S. Lewis Foundation plans to open a college based on his Christian teachings.
  • Dealbreaker books .









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    Sacred Texts, Caravaggio, and Some Pigs

    July 12, 2012 | by

  • Yes, the Vatican is publishing e-books.
  • So is Judy Blume.
  • Amazon pulls a book allegedly containing a hundred previously undiscovered Caravaggios after scholars question its legitimacy.
  • Meanwhile, the Codex Calixtinus, a twelfth-century manuscript that disappeared last year, has been recovered.
  • Happy birthday, E. B. White. Here are some piglets.

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    Futures, Fiction, Tigers: Happy Monday!

    April 30, 2012 | by

  • Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore, at 150.
  • The Wall Street Journal examines the curious appeal of serial novels.
  • The New York Times examines the future of publishing.
  • The Millions examines the popularity of tiger lit.
  • With e-books, fiction reigns supreme.
  • James Franco as Hart Crane.
  • iPhone chargers disguised as books.
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