Monthly Archives: September 2010

More Burroughs, Aleister Crowley & Jimmy Page

With William Burroughs in the literary news again these days, a mind-bending article from the June 1975 issue of Crawdaddy magazine has surfaced: When I was first asked to write an article on the Led Zeppelin group, to be based … Continue reading

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Great Idea, But What About The Fines ?

  Having spent many hours waiting for flights at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, I was pleased to hear about the recent launch of the brilliant airport library on the Holland Boulevard. Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands officially opened the Airport Library … Continue reading

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Rally To Restore Sanity…Let’s Go

  Well, the long awaited announcement finally happened and the plans are in place for the Daily Show’s answer to the lunatic Glen Beck rally and the Summer of the Tea Baggers. You can see the announcement on this video clip … Continue reading

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Does the Pope Need a Library Card ?

The magnificent Vatican Apostolic Library is set to reopen next Monday following a three-year $11.5 million renovation, with 21st century technology added to safeguard priceless incunabula, manuscripts and books dating back as far as the 1st century. Each one of … Continue reading

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Ah Pook is Here

Fantagraphics Books has announced the acquisition of the only graphic novel written by— and possibly the last unseen work of his to be published — the innovative Beat writer and Naked Lunch author, William S Burroughs. This lost masterpiece, Ah Pook Is Here, … Continue reading

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Second City History

Guest post courtesy of Lindsey Washington.   The Chicago Postcard Museum is a privately endowed, independent organization devoted to collecting and presenting Chicago history through picture postcard imagery and correspondence. The Museum displays collections of Rare, Antique, vintage and contemporary … Continue reading

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Do Bad Books Make Great Satire ?

Washington Post  “Book World” fiction critic Ron Charles has outdone himself in his third video book review, this time for Ape House, the follow up to Sara Gruen’s blockbuster, Water for Elephants.  While he rather delightfully trashes Gruen’s “literary” twaddle , saying it … Continue reading

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America by Car (in B & W)

 The new “Lee Friedlander: America by Car” exhibition opened last week at the Whitney Museum of American Art in NYC with 192 arresting photos. Friedlander creates indelible portraits of everyday Americana, shooting  deceptively casual-looking scenarios in black and white. Driving across most of … Continue reading

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Attention Map Geeks

The amazing new exhibition, Strait Through: Magellan to Cook & the Pacific at the Main Gallery of the Firestone Library, Princeton University runs until January 2, 2011 The fascinating exhibition documents the drama of the unfolding European exploration of the Pacific … Continue reading

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Never Forget

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