Archive for the ‘books’ Category



This post from that fine blog The Millions has just reminded me how very much I want to read The Life and Opinions of Tomcat Murr: “perhaps the strangest novel of the nineteenth century”. Advertisements



If we think of a book as a house, the table of contents is the front door, the way a visitor is supposed to enter. The index is the back door, the one used by friends. Dan Visel at if:book on indexing in the digital age.

I’ve just signed up to Blog A Penguin Classic, where all 1400 or so books on the Penguin Classics list are up for review. If you’re quick, they send you one of them, you write about it, and people can then comment on your review. The book they’re sending me is Life is a Dream, […]



the photographer Cara Barer makes images of books as objects in a state of flux, raising questions about their possible obsolescence as repositories of knowledge. But as you look at these worn pages that flicker before you, scrolling into folds and curlicues, or forming into dense impacted masses, they begin to seem like living things, […]



Stinkers! Bugarees! Oolacuntas! No, I haven’t got a potty mouth. Nor am I channeling Captain Haddock. I’m talking about Chasing Kangaroos by Tim Flannery (a.k.a “the thinking man’s Steve Irwin” – thank you, St. Louis Today!) – the story of “the most remarkable animal that has ever lived”, as reviewed here and here. Ooh, there […]

More on Darren Wershler-Henry’s The Iron Whim: A Fragmented History of Typewriting, via John Latta, who cites the following haunting and incantatory utterance: Amaranath sasesusos Oronoco initiation secedes Uruguay Philadelphia. This will be running through my head as I fall asleep tonight… What? Oh, something to do with aligning the keys. Have you no soul? […]