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To say I’m excited about my first New York Antiquarian Book Fair (as an exhibitor), would be an understatement. As the best book fair in the world, exhibiting here really feels like “earning my stripes,” and is in many ways the culmination of over five years of work. Set-up begins this morning and I can’t […]

Evaluating an Archive: Or Why I’m Glad I Have a Huge Dining Room Table

Feeling like crap today. Bad cold. Fortunately I have this to keep me occupied: It’s newly-arrived archive I’m evaluating. I love going through, digging into, and organizing an archive, trying to piece together the story it tells. Especially useful in these situations is an over-sized dining room table (and an understanding wife). Can’t say much […]

Daily Links – November 13, 2009

Proulx papers. NYPL acquires. the internet isn't killing anything. No, not even books. Christian Swinehart's epic Choose Your Own Adventure visualizations. These are lovely and amazing.

Daily Links – November 12, 2009

Theme Park Maps through the ages. Great ephemera site. And proof that collections need not be costly to be cool.

Daily Links – November 7, 2009

Please – no preferential treatment. Isaac Asimov is so cool.

Daily Links – November 5, 2009

MA Gov Suggests State Library May Close. Um. Yeah. So bad. Edmund Wilson's all-purpose "get lost" letter. This is just too friggin awesome.

Daily Links – November 4, 2009

Books have stalled. “Book mechanic” Michael Turner explaining how books are like rotary phones. A LITTLE NIGHT READING. Pondering the impact of new technologies and the internet on the ability to maintain sustained reading and attention. Book Review: "The Case for Books". Makes me want to read this Robert Darnton collection. Unfurling: Isabel Rucker's 400-foot-long […]

Daily Links – November 3, 2009

Mark Twain, illuminated. Mark Twain with Tesla Coil. No not a title of post-modern still life.

Daily Links – October 29, 2009

William S. Pumpkin-Burroughs. Offered without comment. The Beat great immortalized in squash.

Daily Links – October 28, 2009

“May we take some pictures of your books?” Book designers seek inspiration at rare book fair. “I refuse to allow Stanley to get away with his robbery.” Great letter from Full Metal Jacket author and book thief (!?) Gastav Hasford from the fantastic “Letters of Note” blog. Free Book Repair Training Manual. Looks useful. Via […]