Notes from the Director

Adieu, Village Voice

Friday, 11 May 2012 10:23 Written by
Paris book lovers will be chagrined to hear the news that The Village Voice Bookshop will close its doors on July 31. In a letter to friends and patrons, founder and owner Odile Hellier cites the reasons – reasons which will surprise no one who follows trends in publishing and…

What I read on my summer vacation

Friday, 03 September 2010 15:30 Written by
The Library director’s peculiar (and occasionally regretted) choice of reading matter – and an invitation to share what you are reading. Hitch-22: A Memoir by Christopher Hitchens. A memorable, outrageous, literate, hilarious self-accounting by one of the great public intellectuals of our time. Hitchens, who became more broadly famous with…

Mr. Darcy, you smell so good

Monday, 21 June 2010 12:55 Written by
"The pheromone that attracts female mice to the odour of a particular male has been identified. Named 'darcin' by researchers writing in the open access journal BMC Biology (after Darcy, the attractive hero in Jane Austen's novel "Pride and Prejudice"), this unusual protein in a male's urine attracts females and…

Letterheady

Sunday, 20 June 2010 12:43 Written by
The weird stationery of Mussolini, Ian Fleming, Charles Atlas, Dr. Seuss, Marlene Dietrich, and more ... all collected by Letterheady. According to the rubric, "Letterheady is an online homage to offline correspondence; specifically letters. However, here at Letterheady we don't care about the letter's content. Just its design."

Shelf talk

Saturday, 19 June 2010 12:41 Written by
One of the most admirable and inventive and current library blogs around comes from the Seattle Public Library. Its Shelf Talk blog is a trove of ideas and informaiton that keeps coming and sets an example for library blogs everywhere. Recent trolling by our own tireless remote researcher, Andrea Delumeau,…

Martin Gardner, R. I. P.

Saturday, 12 June 2010 23:53 Written by
A few weeks ago the world lost one of its most original and unusual intellects, Martin Gardner, polymath and prankster and puzzler, the "Mathematical Games” columnist of Scientific American for 25 years, the annotator of “Alice in Wonderland,” the debunker of superstitions masquerading as science, and a demigod to many.…

Boring, and skewering

Thursday, 10 June 2010 17:28 Written by
For some reason Browser can’t get enough of these withering remarks made by one author about another: Gore Vidal on John Updike: “Just another boring little middle-class boy hustling his way to the top if he can do it.” D. H. Lawrence on Herman Melville: "Nobody can be more clownish,…

Stella!

Monday, 07 June 2010 16:58 Written by
You may not think you would like to hear the following paragraph spoken aloud 1,300 times, or even once, but read on to change your mind: “Please call Stella. Ask her to bring these things with her from the store: six spoons of fresh snow peas, five thick slabs of…