First, I've got to show you where a spent a few hours this past week during spring break in Los Angeles. Yes, it's THE LAST BOOKSTORE housed in an old bank in downtown LA! And what did I find in THE LAST BOOKSTORE? Well, an unusual picture book written by Swedish author, Martin Widmark. … Continue reading THE LAST BOOKSTORE + The House of Lost and Found – Perfect Picture Book Friday
More sensational than sex, nudity, or gratuitous violence---(at least to people who care about word choice, sentence structure, and quality of composition) Tim Parks plants a stake firmly in the ground about the need for *intelligent* editors and editing in the era of cacophony. Is your stake in the same ground? In Praise of the … Continue reading In Praise of the Language Police by Tim Parks | NYRblog | The New York Review of Books
And now, ladies and gentlemen, it's time for Name That Book! We've identified several people in our studio audience who think they know a thing or two about "great" literature (no not you, Professor Bloom), so we're going to challenge them. The first one to identify the "home" of the following passage wins a pat … Continue reading Name That Book!
Last night, I was not quite having a conversation with a friend whom I haven’t seen since 2003. It was late, and we were messaging each other through Facebook—my ambivalence about technology and social networking temporarily suspended while we “chatted” through e-space. He was telling me that he’s in the last gasp of getting an … Continue reading Six Degrees of Separation–or Death of the Original