books

• What are the non-electronic precursors of book blogging? Short answer: anything that enabled the A) storage and/or B) sharing of ideas. A) Given that I call my site “a commonplace book blog”: “A place to quote, abridge, and commonplace passages of rhetorical, dialectic and factual interest, mix them with comment and reflection, and index […]

The week ahead lay open for indulging two passions: fast driving on smooth, traffic-free highways, and book collecting. I made Moncton from the Saint John airport in about an hour. My sporty new Mazda3 GT purred with pleasure as it raced along slick, construction-free roads. I collect modern first editions, or more accurately, contemporary firsts. […]

Now that the holly is decked out, many readers of this site will no doubt be hustling to their favourite bookstores to buy the latest Guardian Picks. While some will make a point of patronizing local independents – the charming ones with the unmatched personal service – more no doubt will – with perhaps a […]

Why do books matter? David Pearson sets forth to tell us in Books as History, a colourful, trade paperback filled with illustrations and observations detailing the value of the ‘book as object.’ Books as we understand them may well cease to be read, says Pearson. In order to preserve them we must, he says, recognize […]

The literary tourist is a multi-colored bird. One species likes to visit places that help get them closer to characters or places found in novels. Another plays the pilgrim, paying respects to admired authors – contemplating in front of gravestones, touring childhood homes and museums, walking footpaths that inspired favorite poems. Others pay little mind […]