One Man’s Trash, and Other News


On the Shelf


  • Discarded books from the Birmingham Public Library become the basis for a series of pieces by local artists.
  • P. D. James claims to have solved a 1931 cold case in the course of researching a mystery. In 1841, Edgar Allan Poe’s literary gumshoeing was less successful.
  • The rise of Denglisch—and the introduction of words like shitstorm and cashcow into the German lexicon—is understandably controversial.
  • Here are some bookish wedding cakes. We feel like that last one is really the cake of a match made in heaven. Mazel tov!