Curiosities

November 14, 2011

Early Fire 0

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Amazon says it’s shipping the Kindle Fire a day early, i.e. today.

November 14, 2011

2011 Best of Plagiarism 1

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Q. R. Markham‘s heavily plagiarized book Assassin of Secrets somehow made it onto Kirkus Reviews‘ “2011 Best of Fiction” list. (Saved here in case they take it down.) Interestingly, the link doesn’t appear to lead anywhere. (via)

November 13, 2011

Not Your Usual Book Report 1

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Tired of assigning that regular ol’ book report? Take queues from the New York Times “Lesson Plan” on how to go beyond.

November 13, 2011

Sandusky on Amazon 0

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The latest entity to get sucked into the Jerry Sandusky pedophile scandal that’s engulfed Penn State? Amazon. Users are leaving angry comments on the site’s comment boards about Touched: The Jerry Sandusky Story, Sandusky’s unfortunately titled 2001 biography.

November 13, 2011

Britain’s Illuminated Manuscripts 0

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Illuminated manuscripts such as bestiaries and bibles, prayer books and propaganda, histories and stories, each owned and annotated by kings and queens, go on display at the British Library in London. (“The Genius of Illumination”, November 11-March 13)

November 12, 2011

DWF – Dating While Feminist 0

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Samhita Mukhopadhyay’s new book Outdated: How Dating is Ruining Your Love Life starts a public conversation about the pitfalls of Dating While Feminist (DWF).

November 12, 2011

Maryland College Books “Cruise” 0

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After heavy rains exacerbated a mold problem in two dorms and made some students sick, St. Mary’s College of Maryland has 240 students living aboard the Sea Voyager, a cruise ship about the length of a football field now docked at the school’s southern Maryland campus.

November 12, 2011

Antiquarian Book Fair 0

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This weekend is the last chance to visit the International Antiquarian Book Fair in Boston. Included are a collection of Bonnie and Clyde photos and an illustrated letter from Alexander Graham Bell to his parents describing problems with his phone invention.

November 11, 2011

Hodgman on the Apocalypse 0

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Humorist, author, and sometime PC representative John Hodgman is interviewed for The A.V. Club. Among the discussion points? Cormac McCarthy‘s The Road.

November 11, 2011

An Oral History of Oral Histories 0

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Last week, I called 2011 “the year of television’s oral history” because of the bevy of recently published oral history books. As it turns out, the explosion is part of a trend, as Michaelangelo Matos notes in this piece for The Daily.