Monthly Archives: August 2021

Chortle at some nonce words and neologisms

Who knew that Dr.Seuss coined the term “nerd” way back in 1950 in his now canceled book If I Ran the Zoo. Well, it seems that Dr. Erica Brozovsky was aware of the origin of the now ubiquitous nonce word. In the … Continue reading

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How Cool Is This

If you have ever visited southern Spain during warm weather months, you are well aware that the sun can be brutal and keeping cool can be a real challenge. Well, the pretty town of Alhaurin de la Torre near Torremolinos … Continue reading

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Fairy Tales Warn You

AMOR FATI Jane Hirshfield Little soul, you have wandered lost a long time. The woods all dark now, birded and eyed. Then a light, a cabin, a fire, a door standing open. The fairy tales warn you: Do not go … Continue reading

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Might as well just stay home

I really emjoyed this riff on New Yorker covers created by Tokyo-based artist and designer Luis Mendo. If you liked them as much as I do, check-out his other work and consider buying prints or postcards too.  

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a boundary-line of hate

“(…) Hate Orgoreyn? No, how should I? How does one hate a country, or love one? Tibe talks about it; I lack the trick of it. I know people, I know towns, farms, hills and rivers and rocks, I know … Continue reading

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A Very Special Atlas

The Atlas of the United States Printed for the Use of the Blind was published in 1837 for children at the New England Institute for the Education of the Blind in Boston. The entire volume was printed without ink, the text … Continue reading

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A Bibliophile’s Kama Sutra


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Treasures from the Library

One month from today, the New York Public Library will be launching its first ever permanent exhibition. Treasures will offer rotating highlights from the NYPL’s collection of 56 million items spanning 4,000 years of history. For more than 125 years, The New … Continue reading

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An ideal library


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Summer’s Almost Gone

“Summer’s Almost Gone” by William Trowbridge The squirrels are spreading the rumor: no more monkey business. The Dow Jones hops up, then down, then back up, trying for attention,            up against dog days. The Capitol dome rattles like a … Continue reading

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