Featured Bookshop:  Books on the Square, Providence, Rhode Island
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Featured Bookshop: Books on the Square, Providence, Rhode Island

Books on the Square is a fine place to find a gift for your favorite reader (and that might be you, yourself). Located on the east side of Providence, RI, (steps from three different cafes, and the Paper Nautilus Bookshop), this commodious and welcoming shop is also extremely well-organized:  the internal signage will quickly orient … Continue reading »

Featured Bookshop: Paper Nautilus Books in Providence, Rhode Island
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Featured Bookshop: Paper Nautilus Books in Providence, Rhode Island

Paper Nautilus Books in Providence, Rhode Island, is a fine destination for devoted readers. Located in the East Side’s Wayland Square neighborhood among restaurants, cafes, and boutiques, its unprepossessing storefront barely hints at the pleasures inside. But before you step through the door, take a few minutes to rummage through the crates of bargain books … Continue reading »

Murder, Theft, & Secret Codes: Eleven Unsolved Literary Mysteries
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Murder, Theft, & Secret Codes: Eleven Unsolved Literary Mysteries

1. Who Really Wrote “The Night Before Christmas?” Clement Clarke Moore was the first to claim authorship of the classic poem. But the family of Henry Livingston Jr. begs to differ. Poetic forensics, a house fire, and a link to Washington Irving deepen the mystery. Stacy Conradt, writing for Mental Floss, takes on the mystery. … Continue reading »

Featured Bookshop: The Old Professor’s Bookshop in Belfast, Maine. Where you find the answers to “What Is? And What Matters?”
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Featured Bookshop: The Old Professor’s Bookshop in Belfast, Maine. Where you find the answers to “What Is? And What Matters?”

There’s an international organization founded by Richard Booth in Hay-on-Wye, Wales, which promotes “Book Towns.” The idea behind the organization is to promote sustainable rural development and tourism, by recognizing communities like Hay-on-Wye that are known for their literary culture. The group also organizes biannual book festivals. The 2016 Book Town festival will be held … Continue reading »

Twelve Timely Excerpts from Wendell Berry’s 1971 Essay, “Discipline and Hope”
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Twelve Timely Excerpts from Wendell Berry’s 1971 Essay, “Discipline and Hope”

Read the following excerpts, and remember, Wendell Berry wrote this essay, “Discipline and Hope,” in 1971. For perspective, this was a decade before IBM introduced its first personal computer in 1981. 1) Nearly all the old standards, which implied and required rigorous disciplines, have now been replaced by a new standard of efficiency, which requires … Continue reading »

Overinvesting in the Battle of the Book Titans
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Overinvesting in the Battle of the Book Titans

ICYMI, there’s an ongoing battle between Hachette (one of the big publishing groups) and Amazon. Specifically, a heated negotiation about ebook discount rates has been escalating. People on both sides of the battle are weighing in, including David Gaughran, Stephen Colbert, the Author’s Guild, those siding with traditional publishing,  and those defending Amazon as the publisher … Continue reading »

The Gimme: What to Read this Week, May 31
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The Gimme: What to Read this Week, May 31

ICYMI, News to Read: The New York Times reports that beleagured Veteran’s Administration chief Erik Shinseki resigns, and many of the comments provide insight. Also resigning, White House press secretary Jay Carney, and Huffington Post’s Katherine Fung posts some of his epic clashes here. Vigorous gender discussion and commentary continues (#yesallwomen v. #notallmen), precipitated by … Continue reading »