November 2008

Economy Impacts Libraries in US

When times are tough… hit the library. In an economic downturn, it totally makes sense that individuals in communities are turning more frequently to the

William Wharton dies at 82

William Wharton, author of Birdy, Dad, and A Midnight Clear died in hospital this week following an infection. Despite the success of Birdy, about a

October 2008

Are Writers Crazy?

The old saying about the fine line between genius and madness seems particularly apt when looking at writers. There must be something about the personality

The Books of Abarat

Yesterday I finished reading a lavishly illustrated hardcover copy of Clive Barker’s fantastical Abarat (2002), and by complete coincidence I also stumbled across a paperback

A Procession of Them

University of Texas PressSeptember 2008, 152 pages, $45.00 Eugene Richards, a documentary photographer, joined forces with Mental Disability Rights International to create this disturbing book of photographs. Traveling

Random Book Sale Score

There’s nothing like scoring some fresh used books at an unexpected book sale. Today was the annual library book sale at the nearby central

The Great Divide

It’s strange to believe that in these days of the twenty-four hour news cycle a minor scandal can be caused by something as old-fashioned

Aravind Adiga wins Man Booker Prize

His book is the best of the lot, and so is his smile. Just look at Aravind Adiga. He’s the second youngest Man Booker

Ephemeral Possessions: Books

Have you ever stayed in a hostel with a shelf (or more likely, a bookcase) of travel/leisure reading just there for the taking? The

Searching for Spinoza

There’s a funny scene in P.G. Wodehouse’s classic Joy In The Morning, in which Bertie Wooster tries to find a copy of

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//Mixed media

Notes, Hoaxes, and Jokes: Silkworm's 'Lifestyle' - "Ooh La La"

// Sound Affects

"Lifestyle's penultimate track eases the pace and finds fresh nuance and depth in a rock classic, as Silkworm offer their take on the Faces' "Ooh La La".

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