Category Archives: Potpourri

Arms and Anuses

I come out of long retirement to share this remarkable blurb from Sarah Wendell of the blog Smart Bitches, Trashy Books has discovered a fatal flaw in Optical Character Recognition, a text-recognition program used to quickly scan printed books and put … Continue reading

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Decision Points: What Movie Should We Watch?

After I posted a quote from Barack Obama’s book, The Audacity of Hope, my brother asked me if I thought he wrote it himself, or if he had “guidance”. I told him, “I don’t know, I’ve been thinking about that … Continue reading

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Hey, Let’s Buy A House!

Good news, everybody: There’s a house on the market we can snatch up for little-to-enormous cost (I won’t say which). Tell you what. I’ll put up a PayPal button so you can donate to the cause. If we reach the … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading–Today, At Least

It’s not unheard of that I, having finished one book and not yet decided on the next, make myself late for work in the morning by staring at my bookshelves, looking for that title that particularly strikes my fancy. (I … Continue reading

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Vend Me Your Books

Here’s a thing that exists. I don’t know where this is, but I want it. From F Yeah, Book Arts!: A new vending machine has been released which can print any book within minutes. The Espresso Book Machine has access … Continue reading

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Jorge Luis Borges, 112 Years Young!*

Good morning! Did you guys see Google’s logo today? It’s very pretty! It’s the birthday of Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986), Argentine author. Some of his work is on my TBR list, but I have never read anything he’s written, and I … Continue reading

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L.A. Times and Earthquakes

The LA Times has an earthquake reading list: — NPR Books (@nprbooks) August 23, 2011 The L. A. Times article “9 ways of looking at earthquakes through literature” begins, Earthquakes are the expression of a living planet, the earth’s … Continue reading

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The Tremendous Necessity of Words

In her book The Magician’s Book, Laura Miller writes, One of the first stories I found both true and terribly sad is a chapter that comes in the middle of P.L. Travers’s Mary Poppins, an interlude devoted to the infant … Continue reading

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Evidence of a Bookish Baby

As a parent I take seriously my responsibility to raise an intelligent, well-rounded daughter. From the beginning I embraced the strategy of reading to her: Well, she seemed to take to books: And her appetite is only growing*: *In that … Continue reading

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