Category Archives: USA

Fillory and Further

I’m a big fan of author Lev Grossman’s The Magicians trilogy. The brilliant and always entertaining fantasy series is like a rollicking mash-up of Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia with sex, drugs, and rock and roll. The books come with some very cool Tolkien-like … Continue reading

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They Promised Me Ponies

I am not the least bit embarrassed to admit that I am a devoted fan of the Simpsons. The show often offers unparalleled insights into American culture and frequently functions as a guide to moral philosophy. From the first season, … Continue reading

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Art of the Cover

As a book collector and a book seller, I have often purchased a book just because the dust jacket art caught my eye. In this terrific new book, The Illustrated Dust Jacket 1920-1970, author Martin Salisbury explores the transition from plain paper … Continue reading

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At The Bookstore

“ I like to loiter around the city looking for interesting things,” the artist Jenny Kroik says. Her painting for this week’s New Yorker cover depicts a serious browser at the Strand Bookstore, the cherished bookshop in lower Manhattan. “I have … Continue reading

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America 2017

Sometimes a work of street art perfectly sums up the pathetic state of life in these United States. This week, BK Foxx nailed our national shame with this mural in New York City.

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Wherein I Eat My Words

I recently posted a story about an amazing, futuristic-looking library that opened in Tianjin, China. In doing so, I also bemoaned the sorry state of library support in the United States and the lack of commitment to public libraries in … Continue reading

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The Norway of the year

Every year when November rolls around I am reminded of the quote above from the great American 19th century poet Emily Dickinson. I probably first read the line during high school when I was going through that adolescent poetry phase. … Continue reading

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David S. Pumpkins was not involved

Oh My Gourd is a timely and wonderful stop motion animation carved from pumpkins. The amusing video, which required hours of work carving dozens of gourds, was directed by Sean Ohlenkamp and Rob Popkin.  

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Just Denali

A big h/t to TBTP follower Daniel Wood for sending the link for the video below. As I have mentioned previously, I’m an evangelist for Alaska travel. If you’ve got the time ( and the cash), it’s more than worth … Continue reading

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Paper Trails

Paper Trail is a very trippy short film from artist Jake Fried. The brilliant animation is created with hundreds of individually constructed individuals pages, which consist of ink drawings, whiteout, and collage. Each image is then scanned to become a single … Continue reading

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