Aspinal: Envelope Wrap Small Notebook in Antique Brown.
Lovely, but pricey.
OpenCulture: Discover Thomas Jefferson’s Cut-and-Paste Version of the Bible.
Looking at the online scan, I’m pleased to see Ol’ Thom hand-correcting printed typos in books. I do that too. Drives me crazy. You should see what I do to a Kindle book with typos ...
The New Yorker: George Eliot’s Alleged Ugliness.
Are we so dull and shallow as to assume sexuality is inextricably linked to physical attractiveness?
OpenCulture: Vladimir Nabokov’s Delightful Butterfly Drawings.
Up until the end of the ‘70’s, one would encounter ‘closet naturalists’ among one’s own family or circle of acquaintances. Sad that this useful pastime has seemingly disappeared. Go to thrift stores, sometimes you’ll run across an old journal or three, that really should be preserved.
Metafilter: How to Write.
Of note. Large list of famous authors.
The Atlantic: Poetry Isn’t as Useless as a Lot of Poets Say It Is.
I should think that would be a given, since the common stereotypical description of a poet is an isolated, suicidal depressive. Poetry is of great use, for those with ears to hear and eyes to read.
RiaNovosti: Argument About Philosopher Ends With Russian Shot in Head.
I’ve been purposely ignoring this link, but can do so no more. I Kant believe it!
LRB: Colin Burrow reviews ‘Holy Shit: A Brief History of Swearing’.
“Roll up, roll up all you ‘mangie rascals, shiteabed scoundrels, drunken roysters, slie knaves, drowsie loiterers, slapsauce fellows, slabberdegullion druggels, lubbardly lowts … fondling fops, base lowns, saucie coxcombs, idle lusks, scoffing Braggards, noddie meacocks, blockish grutnols, doddi-poljolt-heads, jobbernol goosecaps, foolish loggerheads, slutch calf-lollies, grouthead gnat-snappers, lob-dotterels, gaping changelings, codshead loobies, woodcock slangams, ninnie-hammer flycatchers, noddiepeak simpletons, turdie gut, shitten shepherds, and other suchlike defamatory epithets’.” Oh, you know I need a copy of this book, so I can apply these liberally during the next Presidential primary season ...
ArtDaily: Central Park NYC: New book shows beloved features from the park.
In watercolor. Of course, I’ll use this opportunity for a reminiscence. Early weekend morning, slight nip of autumn in the air, the hobbyists launching their exquisitely detailed scale model sailing ships on the Conservatory Water. Tourists aren’t out yet, nannies aren’t walking their kids yet. You can stand and dream.
OpenCulture: Discover What Shakespeare’s Handwriting Looked Like.
“Suffice it to say that thanks to Bruster’s painstaking analysis of Shakespeare’s distinctive handwriting, we can be fairly certain that a 1602 revision of Thomas Kyd’s enormously popular Renaissance play The Spanish Tragedy — in the words of Shakespeare scholar Eric Rasmussen — has the bard’s ‘fingerprints all over it.’”
The Neglected Books Page: The Toady’s Handbook.
“Be a lion in triumph, a fox in defeat, a snail in council, and a bird in the hour of action.” Sounds like an excellent find.
Guardian/Observer.UK: Where’s the artistry in digital art publishing?
“Art ebooks must possess elements that can’t be found in print if they are to succeed.” But please, don’t make them video games. “Shove a truncheon up Richard III’s bum, get 10,000 points. Bleep. You’ve won a York Peppermint Patty. Here’s a coupon ...”
The New Yorker: How Chris McCandless Died.
Whether or not you believe this was the cause, knowing more about this plant may save some lives.
Open Culture: The Curious History of Punctuation.
Open Culture: Reconstructing the Bard’s Original Pronunciation.
More, more! Wonderful.
TG’s Political Wire: Limbaugh’s Bestseller.
The Appendix Tumblr: Thomas Jefferson’s pocket notebooks.
Ivory might make Moleskines a bit pricey, methinks.
Guardian.UK: Let’s save Shakespeare’s folios, but the play’s the thing – the Bard is online to
“Behind the sale lies a more prosaic problem faced by all of us in the humanities. Senate House Library is in trouble: as part of a wider library funding crisis, its public revenue was axed in 2010, and it is struggling to define itself as part of a slowly disintegrating London University federal system.” But digital is not archival.
NPR: For Biographers, The Past Is An Open (Electronic) Book.
Computers, email, etc. are making the work of a biographer nearly impossible.
Colossal: Secret Fore-Edge Paintings Revealed in Early 19th Century Books.
Check this one out. Totally great. Doesn’t destroy the book, while taking it to another level of artistic expression.
O’Reilly Radar: Shakespeare and the myth of publishing.
Hmmm. IMHO, professional editing is more important than ever. Look around; you see the dregs of bad grammar, punctuation and spelling rendering prose unintelligible everywhere.
Guardian.UK: Why are American universities shying away from the classics.
“For American college students, 1990 appears to be a historical cliff beyond which it is rumored some books were once written, though no one is quite sure what. Why have US colleges decided that the best way to introduce their students to higher learning is through comic books, lite lit, and memoirs?” Good lord. Someone needs to start an online course curriculum to fill the gap.
The Neglected Books Page: Sunwise Turn—A Human Comedy of Bookselling.
“Sunwise Turn is still something of a dangerous book. Reading it will almost certainly lead to fantasies about opening one’s own version of the Sunwise Turn bookshop: Do not attempt this trick on your own, however.”
The Brander: Grammar.
TG’s Political Wire: The Latest Right Wing Conspiracy Theory
As you will notice, based on previous posts here, this is straight Birch Society crap. Shows you how far the Right has tilted off their balance point.