THE LAST BOOKSTORE + The House of Lost and Found – Perfect Picture Book Friday

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

In Praise of the Language Police by Tim Parks | NYRblog | The New York Review of Books

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

Name That Book!

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!

Six Degrees of Separation–or Death of the Original

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