Wednesday, January 28, 2009

"I'm the Editor"

Cute story form the cartoonist behind PvP, about meeting a budding cartoonist. The kid's mom asked the Cartoonist to draw something for her son — he loves comics — but the kid's reaction was proof that he was going in the right direction.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Bookstores and Ice Cream

Via Fine Books & Collections Blog: "…in bad times two types of businesses always do well: Used bookstores and ice cream shops. If you can't afford dinner and a movie, a good novel and a chocolate sundae will do the trick." Sounds like the average summer for my family — we've never had a lot of money, so when the economy forces more people to live like us, well, we seem to win out!

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Monday, January 12, 2009

Warehouse I Wish I Owned

When the Gotham Book mart closed, its inventory of rare and antiquiarian books were bought by their landlord and stored in a Connecticut warehouse— oh, how there are days I wish I could accidentally run across such a place in my travels and buy everything that I could carry. Those books have sat, waiting for action, for almost four years now, but something surprising has happened: purchased by the landlord as partial payment for lost rents for a tenth of their value, the Gotham's former inventory has just been donated to the University of Pennsylvania's Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Lucky stiffs.

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Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Burning Books in India

Turns out, it's a sadder story than it sounds: the books were not burned in protest, nor for their content. Teachers in India found the outside temperatures falling to freezing levels, and decided they needed to do they made a book bonfire to keep their students warm. 500 books indended for impoverished schools were tied into gunny sacks and set alight. Unfortunately, destroying those books wasn't a decision they were allowed to make: the police have issued citations to the instructors who approved the fire. While much of India is moving to the modern world, there is still much poverty — when your big decision is whether a book is more useful for education or avoiding exposure to the elements, you must live in an area that barely scratches at the edges of 21st century standards of living.

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Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Spencer Library's New Library Kitty

The previous library kitty was Dewey Readmore Books, a ball of fluff that some jokester had dropped in the library's return slot. His rescuer penned a book, Dewey, The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World, but she never had another cat after Dewey passed away in 2006 — that is, until now. While driving, she discovered a kitten in the road and rescued her; the new kitty's name: Page, of course.

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