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New <i>Miscellany</i> Author Credits Libraries

On NPR's Morning Edition today, UK comic Ben Schott talked to Steve Inskeep about his new 160-page collection of odd factoids, Schott's Original Miscellany. In the interview, Schott credited libraries as the source of most of his information, and the place to go to verify its accuracy. In addition, Inskeep referred a reference question (the correct pronunciation of "miscellany") to the NPR librarians on the air. Let's hear it for Kee Malesky and her gang!

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Ancient words of wisdom

Ancient words of wisdom, from Lincoln Journal Star takes a peek into the Nag Hammadi documents.
Ancient books written in Coptic, a language related to ancient Egyptian, and contained writings of Gnosticism, a religious movement that both influenced and competed with early Christianity.

"Human beings have an infinite imagination that finds itself confined in a finite body," Turner said. "That gives us a desire to go beyond that kind of condition, to speculate about ultimate reality, to imagine an invisible universe and even construct a map of it."
Via Bob Cox

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The latest Harry Potter was digitally pirated. What's next?

Slashdot points the way to Slate where Steal This Book discusses how the speed with which the Naked Chef streaked across the Internet suggests that a new, disquieting era for the publishing world may be in sight. In an age when manuscripts circulate in digital form and scanners can swiftly convert hard copy into e-mail-able material, books are clearly vulnerable to piracy.

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Fine Points of Dashes Make a Buzz

Steve Fesenmaier shared This NYTimes Story on the new 15th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style, published this month.
It has been 10 years since the last edition of the manual, which is published by the University of Chicago Press.
The new one is the most significant revision since the 12th edition in 1969. It is the first edition, for instance, to address electronic publishing seriously. It also has the manual's first chapter on grammar and usage, written by Bryan A. Garner, with instructions on whether it is all right to use "and" and "but" at the beginning of a sentence. "And" has been O.K. since Chaucer's time, Mr. Garner said.

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The Shakespeare bible

CNN has This AP Story on "Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories & Tragedies," AKA, a First Folio, owned by Microsoft billionaire Paul Allen.
In a small theater anteroom, enclosed in a custom-built case and watched over by surveillance video and electronic alarm, lies a relic that connects the Oregon Shakespeare Festival through time almost to the bard himself.

Formally titled "Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories & Tragedies," it is popularly known as a First Folio, an original copy of what is considered by many scholars to be the greatest book in English literature, and a touchstone of almost religious significance to those who love Shakespeare.

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More pointless book burning

Arson is suspected in a fire at shuttered community center near Honolulu that destroyed over 2000 books held in storage by the Friends of the Waialua Library. Also incinerated are more than 2000 pounds of coffee stored by the Dole company. More here from the Honolulu Advertiser.

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Manga Mania Comes to the West

Gary Deane spotted Manga mania comes to the West from The Globe & Mail.
They say the only area of steady growth in the comic business seems to be in manga, graphic novel-based black-and-white comics from Japan. Even stranger, it turns out that most of this growth can be attributed to a single new market: Teenage girls.

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Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest - 2003 Results

Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest winners have been announced!
"They had but one last remaining night together, so they embraced each other as tightly as that two-flavor entwined
string cheese that is orange and yellowish-white, the orange probably being a bland Cheddar and the white . . ."
That was this years opening sentence to the worst of all possible novels.

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More than just Earthquakes

The July 17 edition of the Los Angeles Times bears an article about the abundance of used bookstores in this area of the country. I read the article with pleasure not unmingled with shame, owing to the fact I somehow managed to miss some of the stores named despite all my book-loving years of residence here.

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America\'s Most Literate Cities

By way of the Toledo Blade...
There\'s a study out by the University of Wisconsin that profiles the reading habits of people in the nation\'s 64 largest cities. The data, compiled this summer, goes according to education level, population, libraries, bestsellers, publications and newspapers, and indicates that reading doesn\'t appear to be too high on most peoples\' list of activities. According to the article, \"Some big cities generally recognized as cultural centers fared poorly in the study. You can view the results of the study Here.
Check out the Blade article Here.

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