National Audubon Society Field Guides: From Artist’s Conk to Slimy Gomphidius
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National Audubon Society Field Guides: From Artist’s Conk to Slimy Gomphidius

We highly recommend the National Audubon Society’s Field Guides.  They’re a good size, durable, well-organized, and feature very clear photographs which  – despite the artistry of the line drawings you find in many nature guides – is highly practical, especially when the subject is Mushrooms. (Audubon has 20 field guides currently in print, see here.) … Continue reading »

Übermütig:  Sabine Heinlein’s “The Portrait of the Writer as a Rabbit”
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Übermütig: Sabine Heinlein’s “The Portrait of the Writer as a Rabbit”

We discovered Sabine Heinlein‘s “The Portrait of the Writer as a Rabbit”  in the  2014 Pushcart Prize XXXVIII- Best of the Small Presses. It was originally published in the venerable Iowa Review. Here is an excerpt: “Unlike rabbits, the stereotypical German is stationary, predictable, and consistent. She plans ahead, stays close to home, and doesn’t … Continue reading »

“Avoid Sophistication” and Other Hints on Western Living & Self-Improvement
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“Avoid Sophistication” and Other Hints on Western Living & Self-Improvement

The things you find rummaging about book sales. This little English/Chinese guidebook by Edna Goo, published by Mei Ya Publications in Taipei @1970, was to introduce western customs to women coming to the U.S.   Our particular version has a rather poisonous little inscription, to an unfortunate called “Barbara,” which we can safely assume was not … Continue reading »

“Your Book is So Perfect,” and Other Great Refusals
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“Your Book is So Perfect,” and Other Great Refusals

“Your book is so perfect that I would feel ashamed ever to accept another book after having printed something so exciting, but as I need to continue in my business, I can’t afford to publish yours.” – An [unnamed] Chinese publisher, rejecting the manuscript of an  [unnamed] American author.  January 7, 1946 Milwaukee Journal, from … Continue reading »

Puthi – Ancient Manuscripts Protected by Boiling and Curses
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Puthi – Ancient Manuscripts Protected by Boiling and Curses

At The Daily Star, (the largest circulating daily English-language newspaper in Bangladesh), Mannan Mashur Zarif explains how ancient manuscripts (puthi) were “written on parchment, leather, leaves, barks, and other materials available in nature. However, to impart longevity these materials were processed through dipping into boiling water and drying subsequently. In the process, the material turned grey or … Continue reading »

You’re in the Wrong Place, but here’s how you make a Gimlet
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You’re in the Wrong Place, but here’s how you make a Gimlet

2 ounces London dry Gin 2/3 ounces Rose’s Lime juice Shake well with cracked ice, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. This recipe comes from Esquire Magazine’s very helpful drinks database, “The Wondrich Take,” which will give you more details, plus a few words from Raymond Chandler’s The Long Goodbye. Cheers. “If Daisy Buchanan’s laugh is … Continue reading »