Category Archives: Books

I shared a vagrant optimism

Hunter S. Thompson —”I shared a vagrant optimism that some of us were making real progress, that we had taken an honest road, and that the best of us would inevitably make it over the top. At the same time, … Continue reading

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Reading is good for you

 

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Belief and Technique by Jack Kerouac

 

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Bookstore Tourism Philadelphia

It took a big leap of faith for the New York City bookshop Shakespeare & Co to open a branch in the high rent Philadelphia Center City Rittenhouse Square neighborhood two years ago. Somehow they’ve managed to hang on during these crazy … Continue reading

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Welcome to Planet Word

Last week a long-awaited new museum opened in Washington, D.C. that will be a must-see destination for readers and language lovers. Planet Word is promoted as “a revolutionary museum dedicated to the power, beauty, and fun of language and to … Continue reading

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Into the Haunted Looking Glass

The Haunted Looking Glass is the late Edward Gorey’s selection of his favorite tales of ghosts, ghouls, and grisly goings-on. It includes stories by Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, M. R. James, W. W. Jacobs, and L. P. Hartley, among other masters … Continue reading

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Writers Not Writing

 

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Climactic Moments in Literature

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Modern and Vintage too

If you have ever spent any time browsing secondhand bookstores or used book markets, it’s quite likely that you have run across many editions from the old Modern Library series. Founded in 1917, the Modern Library was eventually subsumed by … Continue reading

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Tales for the Season

Illustrations from Tales of Edgar Allan Poe. With an Introduction By Hervey Allen and Wood Engravings By Fritz Eichenberg. New York: Random House, 1944.

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