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In the first Hebrew city, a final farewell to Yiddish

What he learned in that advertisement was that the Tel Aviv municipal library would be giving away its entire Yiddish book collection – an opportunity, from his standpoint at least, that could not be missed. “I came with an empty suitcase, and I plan to fill it entirely with these books,” says Kleiner, who hails from Dusseldorf, where he began learning Yiddish about five years ago. What he’s mainly in the market for, he reports, are Yiddish-language biographies and diaries.

From In the first Hebrew city, a final farewell to Yiddish - Jewish World Features - Israel News | Haaretz

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Why we can't live without books in pictures and words

Children’s authors and illustrators including Chris Riddell, Michael Morpurgo and Rachel Renee Russell tell us why they can’t live without books, as part of our World Book Day celebrations

From Why we can't live without books in pictures and words | Children's books | The Guardian

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Burn After Reading

In 1971, William Powell published The Anarchist Cookbook, a guide to making bombs and drugs at home. He spent the next four decades fighting to take it out of print.

From [Special Feature] | Burn After Reading, by Gabriel Thompson | Harper's Magazine

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What Reading Does for the Mind

Lack of exposure and practice on the part of the less skilled reader delays the development of automaticity and speed at the word recognition level. Slow, capacity-draining word recognition processes require cognitive resources that should be allocated to comprehension. Thus, reading for meaning is hindered; unrewarding reading experiences multiply; and practice is avoided or merely tolerated without real cognitive involvement.

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Stephen King’s Reading List for Writers

As you scan this list, please remember that I’m not Oprah and this isn’t my book club. These are the ones that worked for me, that’s all. But you could do worse, and a good many of these might show you some new ways of doing your work. Even if they don’t, they’re apt to entertain you. They certainly entertained me.

From Stephen King’s Reading List for Writers | Aerogramme Writers' StudioStephen King's Reading List for Writers

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Time to get ill: Beastie Boys lyrics in the Oxford English Dictionary

The OED quotes the Beastie Boys nine times! That’s a pretty respectable tally for any modern author, let alone a trio of rappers whose renown is largely due to a song called “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party!)”. As a small tribute to our home-piece MCA, here are a few of my favorite ways the Beastie Boys are representin’ in the dictionary.

From Time to get ill: Beastie Boys lyrics in the Oxford English Dictionary | OxfordWords blog

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A Tribute to the Printer Aldus Manutius, and the Roots of the Paperback

Aldus has attracted some pop-culture attention in recent years, at least among those with a geekish taste for printing history. The novel “The Rule of Four” gave his most famous book, the enigmat “Hypnerotomachia Poliphili,” an upmarket “Da Vinci Code” treatment in 2004. There was also Robin Sloan’s 2012 best seller, “Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore,” which turned Aldus into the founder of a shadowy secret society headed for an apocalyptic showdown with Google.

From A Tribute to the Printer Aldus Manutius, and the Roots of the Paperback - NYTimes.com

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ISIS Commits Libricide in Iraq

Artnet.com reports on the burning of 8000 rare texts and manuscripts by the self-proclaimed Islamic State.

Henry VIII's evidence to support break with Rome turns up in Cornish library

Book of legal and philosophical advice on king’s efforts to have his marriage to Catherine of Aragon annulled helped change the course of English history

From Henry VIII's evidence to support break with Rome turns up in Cornish library | Culture | The Guardian

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