Monthly Archives: April 2017

Hey, It’s Still Poetry Month

h/t to Robert Montgomery

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National Poetry Month Is Here

LETTER TO SOMEONE LIVING FIFTY YEARS FROM NOW Matthew Olzmann Most likely, you think we hated the elephant, the golden toad, the thylacine and all variations of whale harpooned or hacked into extinction. It must seem like we sought to … Continue reading

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Of course 4/20 is opening day

On 4/20/17, a former Lutheran church in Denver, Colorado will officially open as The International Church of Cannabis. The 113-year-old church building, which was decorated by renowned Spanish “ecclesiastical” street artist Okuda San Miguel and Kenny Scharf, is the new … Continue reading

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Pop Up Museum

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is one of the country’s finest museums. Since we live nearby, I get to visit often. When I stopped by to see the current special exhibition and to see the model for Frank Gehry’s $150 … Continue reading

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That Old Book Smell

As a life-long book collector and a long-time bookseller, I have always loved that special woody, floral, dusky aroma that only emanates from books with age. But what precisely is “that old book smell”? The journal Heritage Science has published an … Continue reading

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Is Terry Gilliam the Father of the Gif ?

h/t to Adam Koszary and the Bodleian Libraries.

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Save Our National Parks

Over the years, I have shared a few posts that featured images from the original iconic 1930s WPA poster series that promoted the amazing U.S. National Park Service and American tourism. Inspired by the classic posters and the ongoing shitstorm … Continue reading

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Words Have Power

Each year, the American Library Association Office for Intellectual Freedom calculates the Top Ten Most Challenged Books. Here’s the just released list for 2016: This One Summer written by Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by Jillian Tamaki This young adult graphic novel, … Continue reading

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Don’t Get Bumped ( Unless You Want To)

Unless you’ve been on a digital detox for the last 48 hours, you’ve seen the horrible images of a United Airlines passenger being brutally removed from a flight after refusing to be bumped. It should be shocking that a major … Continue reading

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What It Says On The Tin

Last week, Karabük University in Karabük, Turkey inaugurated the new Kamil Gūlec Library. The impressive facade is composed of fifteen books up to 20 meters high. H/t to Ahmet Yildirim for the post.  

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