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Arthur Conan Doyle, Psychic: Rare Footage from 1930

Arthur Conan Doyle, Psychic: Rare Footage from 1930 | Biblio | Scoop.it

What the world's most analytical detective has to do with exploring the fringes of spiritual life.

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10 beautiful Australian libraries

10 beautiful Australian libraries | Biblio | Scoop.it

Craigieburn Library in Hume, Victoria has been named public library of the year award following a cross-continent competition – here are nine more amazing library buildings across Australia.

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'Don't read books!' A 12th-century Zen poem

'Don't read books!' A 12th-century Zen poem | Biblio | Scoop.it

'It's annoying for others to have to hear you'.

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The Harvard Classics: download all 51 volumes as free ebooks

The Harvard Classics: download all 51 volumes as free ebooks | Biblio | Scoop.it

Compiled in 1909 by Harvard’s president Charles W. Eliot and called at first Dr. Eliot’s Five Foot Shelf, the compendium of literature, philosophy, and the sciences, writes Adam Kirsch in Harvard Magazine, served as a 'monument from a more humane and confident time' (or so its upper classes believed), and a 'time capsule…. In 50 volumes'.

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The woman who went to the library and read every book on the shelf

The woman who went to the library and read every book on the shelf | Biblio | Scoop.it

Phyllis Rose, who tackled the entire contents of one shelf in a New York library, tells Rachel Cooke what the 'extreme reading' experiment taught her.

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The pleasure of reading to impress yourself

The pleasure of reading to impress yourself | Biblio | Scoop.it

Associating pleasure and guilt when it comes to reading presumes an anterior, scolding authority — one which insists that reading must be work.

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What will your verse be?

Excerpted from the 1989 film Dead Poets Society, written by Tom Schulman, directed by Peter Weir.

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The Novel, by Michael Schmidt

The Novel, by Michael Schmidt | Biblio | Scoop.it

Michael Schmidt surveys 700 years of the novel, from Austen to Zola.

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Raise a glass to Cthulhu at the Lovecraft Bar

Raise a glass to Cthulhu at the Lovecraft Bar | Biblio | Scoop.it

 The Lovecraft Bar in New York looks like the perfect place to eat, drink and discuss all things Cthulhu. The eldritch interior design and artwork was created by artist Benjamin Enzfelder, and he has certainly given the bar a great Lovecraftian atmosphere.

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From Lana Del Rey to Led Zeppelin, 30 awesome songs inspired by books

From Lana Del Rey to Led Zeppelin, 30 awesome songs inspired by books | Biblio | Scoop.it

'There’s more to life than books, you know', Morrissey once sang, 'but not much more'. It’s the reason musicians, least of all Moz, with his nods to Keats, Yates and co, have always looked to novelists and poets for inspiration.

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Book of funny encounters between librarians and patrons

Book of funny encounters between librarians and patrons | Biblio | Scoop.it

Gina Sheridan's I Work at a Public Library is a collection of true, weird experiences that public librarians have had with patrons.

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Bluebeards and brainiacs: literary characters who enter the language

Bluebeards and brainiacs: literary characters who enter the language | Biblio | Scoop.it

From Mrs Malaprop to Lothario to the Grinch, some characters leap out of the pages of fiction and into the dictionary. Here are some of the best.

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The history of how literary characters became dictionary entries. 

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Readers of Brazilian literature lose three great authors within 5 days

Readers of Brazilian literature lose three great authors within 5 days | Biblio | Scoop.it

Those who love Brazilian literature have been in mourning for the past five days. Three great authors died in such a short span of time, leaving behind a legacy that will keep their memory alive for generations of readers in Brazil and abroad.

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World's coolest bookstores

World's coolest bookstores | Biblio | Scoop.it

From Maastricht to Melbourne, these itineraries make bookish travelers look stylish.

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Orwell's review of Mein Kampf

Orwell's review of Mein Kampf | Biblio | Scoop.it

From March, 1940, a fascinating look at the development of Hitler's reputation in Germany and the UK, and the way that his publishers were forced to change the way they marketed his book.

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Readers absorb less on Kindles than on paper, study finds

Readers absorb less on Kindles than on paper, study finds | Biblio | Scoop.it

Research suggests that recall of plot after using an e-reader is poorer than with traditional books.

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J.K. Rowling posted another new Harry Potter story

J.K. Rowling posted another new Harry Potter story | Biblio | Scoop.it

Shortly after providing an update on adult Harry, Hermoine, and Ron, J.K. Rowling has given the Muggle World another gift of supplementary material, this time with a story about Celestina Warbeck.

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Codex Seraphinianus: a new edition of the strangest book in the world

Codex Seraphinianus: a new edition of the strangest book in the world | Biblio | Scoop.it

In October Rizzoli will be republishing what is regarded by many to be the strangest book in the world, the Codex Seraphinianus. The book is just so damned strange that it has accumulated a veritable industry of speculation about its meaning, deeper origins, and whether the language in which it is written actually has any syntax or not. 

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Henry Miller reads from Black Spring

Henry Miller reads from Black Spring | Biblio | Scoop.it

Not a lot of writers ever attained a badass quotient as high as Henry Miller did in Paris in the 1930s. He was a Whitmanesque American novelist in the international center of high art, writing scandalous books about sex and having plenty of sex with Anaïs Nin. And unlike the works of the 'hordes of shrieking poseurs' populating Montparnasse at the time (to quote Orwell), his books are very good.

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Waiting for Godot taught me the difference between being smart and being intellectual

Waiting for Godot taught me the difference between being smart and being intellectual | Biblio | Scoop.it

Nicholas Lezard: Samuel Beckett was irreverent yet profound, and able to sustain my interest despite nothing happening. I was mesmerised.

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Bestselling authors take out full-page New York Times ad against Amazon

Bestselling authors take out full-page New York Times ad against Amazon | Biblio | Scoop.it

Stephen King and Donna Tartt among those petitioning Amazon to 'stop harming the livelihood of the authors'.

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Writing the book on reinventing the book

Writing the book on reinventing the book | Biblio | Scoop.it

Two professors' inquiry into the written word is trying to demolish paper vs. digital binaries.

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Anne Frank was captured 70 years ago today. But what if she had escaped the Nazis?

Anne Frank was captured 70 years ago today. But what if she had escaped the Nazis? | Biblio | Scoop.it

In the minds of some writers, Frank -- or other occupants of the annex where she hid -- lives on. Here's a look at five examples.

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Samuel Beckett's biographer reveals secrets of the writer's time as a French Resistance spy

Samuel Beckett's biographer reveals secrets of the writer's time as a French Resistance spy | Biblio | Scoop.it
As this year's Samuel Beckett festival opens in Enniskillen, James Knowlson recalls how the Irish writer risked his life for liberty and narrowly escaped capture by the Gestapo.
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Bestselling ghostwriter reveals the secret world of the author for hire

Bestselling ghostwriter reveals the secret world of the author for hire | Biblio | Scoop.it

Andrew Crofts has written 80 titles and sold some 10 million copies in a 40-year career, mostly under names far more famous than his own – until now.

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50 books for students to read this summer: from Ernest Hemingway to Gillian Flynn

50 books for students to read this summer: from Ernest Hemingway to Gillian Flynn | Biblio | Scoop.it

Whether you need a 500-page novel that’s going to jolt your brain back into gear before lectures begin, or some short stories for the beach: this list of old and new works will keep you entertained over the holidays.

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