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Bookstore Tourism : Greenwich Village NYC

In this era of vanishing neighborhood bookshops, Three Lives and Company in New York City’s Greenwich Village neighborhood is rare survivor. For four decades, this West Village indie has been quietly offering an exceptionally well-curated selection of literary fiction, narrative … Continue reading

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And there it goes

 

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American Voyageur

Few American writers have achieved the cultural impact of Herman Melville, author of the eternal classic Moby-Dick, yet he died unrecognized by his contemporaries for his genius. To commemorate the 200th anniversary of Melville’s birth, Philadelphia’s Rosenbach Museum and Library has … Continue reading

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Science Fiction Inspires Science IRL

News of scientist Giovanni Aldini’s electric reanimation experiments on corpses in 1803 reached author Mary Shelley before the publication of her  iconic science fiction book Frankenstein. It was an instance of science informing fiction. In turn, Shelley’s masterpiece would eventually … Continue reading

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Your Bookshop Needs You

It can be quite depressing reading bookselling blogs and discovering that yet another favorite bookshop has gone out of business. Like most people, I have succumbed to the convenience of ebooks and buy fewer print copies these days. Although I … Continue reading

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Parks and Recreation

Jesse Reed and Hamish Smyth from the New York City-based indie publisher Standards Manual recently announced their new book project simply titled Parks. The book is entirely focused on art, typography, maps, and other printed materials from the U.S. National Parks system. From the … Continue reading

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The next draft

 

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Words and Music

Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts has evolved from the humble  Worthy Farm Pop Festival in 1970 headlined by T-Rex and attended by around 1,500 people, to a renowned cultural phenomena—one of the biggest festivals in the world. Over the … Continue reading

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A Bookstore on Wheels

After 25 years as a school teacher, Melanie Moore was ready for a change. She long dreamed of opening her own bookstore , but was put off by the enormous start-up costs involved in launching a bricks and mortar shop. … Continue reading

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Cringeworthy but on the nose

If you stop by this humble blog on a regular basis, you are probably aware that I love good faux book cover art. I recently ran across this selection and thought that I’d share some. While they’re all amusing, they … Continue reading

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