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The American Bookstore: A List

Go here to read the first part of this two-part essay on the American Bookstore. Several hours before a home game at the University of Michigan,...

The Learning and Limits of Libraries

Three articles recently caught my eye, all of which having to do with scholars' fame, only two having to do with their libraries. The bookless...

Books and the Hungry Soul

Beautifully and substantially-made books suggest something that deserve to be pored over at length, just as one lingers with friends after a wonderful meal.

Nicholas Carr’s Shallows, and the Death of the Book

I just completed Nicholas Carr's excellent book, The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains, and--because that's the sort of person I...

Now Available in Color

Why not stand on the shoulders of the Kindle?

Read the Printed Word

Here’s a sign of the times: if you’re worried about what all these digital and internet technologies are going to do to books, you can join a movement to signal your support of books (and other pen-and-inked things). Here’s what really makes that a sign of the times: the movement is online.

The Book You Should Read This Year

Claremont, CA. They call it the “Superman Syndrome.” People who use methamphetamine often believe that they are capable of doing impossible things. Like flying....

Kill Your Kindle

Claremont, CA. When my mother came to visit last week, she brought a copy of The Yiddish Policeman’s Union with her. Before she departed...

Without Borders, Ltd.

Kearneysville, WV. Question: what do these two books have in common? A Garfield the Cat book and My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One...