Monthly Archives: February 2012

The Last Train to Urville

Urville is the little known capital city of a seaside province of France. It has a population of almost 12 million citizens and is the largest city in Europe. Starting to wonder why you’ve never heard of Urville ? That’s because … Continue reading

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Lincoln in Books

The brand new Center for Education and Leadership at Washington DC’s Ford’s Theater Museum sports a ten meter-tall tower of 6,800 books all about President Abraham Lincoln. The books are all histories or biographies about the 16th President, along with … Continue reading

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What’s a Rare Bookman

The exhibition “Ray Safford, Rare Bookman,”  which opened yesterday at the Grolier Club, New York City, offers a look into the famed New York firm of Charles Scribner’s Sons and the literary, publishing, and rare book worlds in turn-of-the-century New York. … Continue reading

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Photographers: Know Your Rights

Actor/activist Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the Gregory Brothers and the ACLU have produced an entertaining and informative little video , with the assistance of the animated ghost of Benjamin Franklin, to inform photographers about their legal rights. This timely film applies to … Continue reading

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Travel Guidebook News

Well it was inevitable, the co-stars and co-creators of the sweet and wacky sketch comedy show Portlandia Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen have a book deal. Grand Central Publishing, a Hachette imprint, will release PORTLANDIA: A Guide for Visitors this … Continue reading

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A Valentine’s Day Kiss

As today is Valentine’s Day , I thought it would be an appropriate time to bring you the story of Auguste Rodin’s erotically charged masterpiece, The Kiss. The video below from the Tate museums,  explains how The Kiss was originally … Continue reading

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Running Paris

The very clever folks at Le3 Paris created this terrific video of a running tiger on the streets of Paris at night. They claim that it was accomplished with absolutely no post-production trickery whatsoever. I don’t know if that’s entirely … Continue reading

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All the Books in the World

This heartwarming short story by Croatian author/illustrator Darko Macan and Tihomir Celanovic will bring a tear to the eye of any bibliophile. All the books in the world, except for one:

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Hot Bagels for Breakfast

Who doesn’t love a hot bagel? Never had a bagel? So sad for you. This wonderful short film is from the Brooklyn Public Library film archives. Filmed in the heart of Brooklyn, New York during the 1970s, the film is … Continue reading

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Mapping Charles Dickens

If you follow this blog you are well aware of the varied events, exhibitions and publications celebrating what would have been Charles Dickens’ 200th birthday. You can discover many of the happenings surrounding the Bicentenary by visiting the Museum of … Continue reading

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