Category Archives: Writing

Walking New York

The New York Times Magazine commissioned the French street artist known as JR to create this amazing cover for this week’s edition. JR painted an eye-popping 150-foot tall image of 20-year old Azerbaijani waiter Elmar Aliyev and then had it … Continue reading

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It’s World Book Day !

I’m certain that all of you bibliophiles know that today is UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day. Readers around the globe are celebrating with all manner of bookish events. My friends in the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) are … Continue reading

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Tales from the Void

Leave it to the ever creative crew at the Le Gun art collective to come up with a wonderful installation that celebrates Paris’ legendary Shakespeare and Company bookstore. The pop-up show, called “Tales from the Void”, is comprised of a … Continue reading

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Call Allen Ginsberg

I nearly forgot to mention that this is National Poetry Month. To celebrate San Francisco’s literary heritage and to commemorate the Beat Poets, a clever cabal of contemporary hipsters developed the “Call Allen Ginsberg” project. They installed street art pieces … Continue reading

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Sonnet 27

Two years ago, the New York Shakespeare Exchange launched an ambitious, crowdfunded project to create 154 short films based on Shakespeare Sonnets. The Sonnet Project, which features 154 different actors filmed in 154 different New York City locations, aims to … Continue reading

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London G. O. T.

It seems that most people that I know are counting down the hours until the new season of Game of Thrones begins tonight. Although those of us who were early readers of the Ur text are already grumbling about the … Continue reading

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Why Not Brooklyn

When I first heard that there was a store in New York City devoted to the humble pencil, I assumed that it was in Brooklyn—the home of all things artisanal. But surprisingly CW Pencil is located on Forsyth Street in … Continue reading

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It’s In the Bag

Musician and writer Nick Cave just released a new book that provides a visual chronicle of a 22-city 2014 North American tour. The Sick Bag Song is an absorbing collection of poetry, lyrics, drawings, doodles, and ideas all captured on … Continue reading

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Maybe They Should Call It Seussville

Springfield, no not the home of the Simpsons, but Springfield, Massachusetts the home town of Dr. Seuss, has announced plans to open the world’s first museum dedicated to the beloved children’s book author. The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum … Continue reading

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Back to basics

Visitors to the U.S. are often shocked to discover that we have only one truly nationwide bookstore chain remaining. That company, Barnes & Noble, has just 700 stores unevenly spread around the country. The past few years, B&N has strayed … Continue reading

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