Quotes

Friday Quick Quote: ‘The End of the Affair’

“If I were writing a novel I would end it here: a novel, I used to think, has to end somewhere, but I’m beginning to believe my realism has been at fault all these years, for nothing in life now ever seems to end. Chemists tell you matter is never completely destroyed, and mathematicians tell… Continue reading Friday Quick Quote: ‘The End of the Affair’

books · libraries

And Then They Murdered Jane Austen

When I say that they murdered Jane Austen, I’m not speaking metaphorically. Some person in the distant past didn’t simply eviscerate her work. No, I mean that a few scholars believe that someone poisoned Jane Austen. With arsenic. According to research from the British Library, Jane Austen’s death at the age of 41, her early… Continue reading And Then They Murdered Jane Austen

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Book Thieves Just Did Something Remarkable

Three book thieves just completed an incredible heist. As my British readers may already know, some of the most expensive and rare books in the entire world were stolen from a London warehouse this past January. The thieves made off with over 160 books collectively worth around $2.5 million. But it isn’t the number of… Continue reading Book Thieves Just Did Something Remarkable

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When Dedications Leave Something to Be Desired

How authors dedicate books tells us a lot about them as writers and as people. Often books are dedicated to children, loved ones, or dogs. On rarer occasions, however, authors use the dedication section of books to make a wry joke, sneer at someone who doubted them, or twist a knife. Because these comments can… Continue reading When Dedications Leave Something to Be Desired

books · writing

When a Writer Doesn’t Publish: ‘The Mountains of Parnassus’

  Sometimes authors, even the most lauded of them, do not publish the books that they write. That doesn’t always mean that their words remain lost forever. Though Czesław Miłosz has been dead for over a decade now, Yale University Press has resurrected one of his long buried manuscripts.  Czesław Miłosz (1911-2004) was a Polish writer… Continue reading When a Writer Doesn’t Publish: ‘The Mountains of Parnassus’

books · libraries

The Desperation of a Public Library

These days public libraries operate on desperation as often as they run on anything else. This recently drove several library staff to do something a little reckless. Culling library collections often relies on numbers. If a patron checks out a book, that book is safe in the system. If a book isn’t checked out for… Continue reading The Desperation of a Public Library