M.Leddy + books   188

A meeting of the minds
Another step toward what I call the reality-TV-ification of everything : today’s Donald Trump–Kanye West meeting. How glorious to have two proud non-readers of books in the Oval Office at the same time.
books  culture  politics  reading 
10 days ago by M.Leddy
Book clubs and the Internets
The Economist reports on book clubs and the Internets.
books  reading 
7 weeks ago by M.Leddy
FSRC: annual report
The Four Seasons Reading Club, our household’s two-person adventure in reading, just finished its third year.
books  fambly  reading 
may 2018 by M.Leddy
Barnes & Noble & the future
“It’s in the interest of the book business for Barnes & Noble not just to survive but to thrive.”
books  bookstores 
may 2018 by M.Leddy
“Deaccessioning”
“Worse than a travesty, it’s a tragedy”: Bryan Garner writes about the trend of “deaccessioning” books from university libraries.
books  libraries 
april 2018 by M.Leddy
Judging books by their covers
New York Review Books Classics.
books  design 
april 2018 by M.Leddy
Feminist Baby
Complaints on Amazon — for instance, that the book doesn’t help the title character “grow to a strong, open-minded individual who recognizes all the paths available to her” — seem to forget that this book is about the very young, who do indeed throw up, and throw their toys.
books  childhood 
april 2018 by M.Leddy
NYRB sale
New York Review Books is having a winter sale, fifty books at half price.
books 
march 2018 by M.Leddy
For complete works
An anthology is, almost always, a textbook. And it is much easier to fall in love with a (whole) work of literature or philosophy than to fall in love with a textbook.
books  education  reading 
february 2018 by M.Leddy
Isaac Barrow on bookishness
“He that loveth a book will never want a faithful friend, a wholesome counsellor, a cheerful companion, an effectual comforter.”
books  reading 
january 2018 by M.Leddy
All the books are green, almost
The Washington Post reports on “the odd assortment of books that make up the White House Christmas book tree.”
books  politics 
december 2017 by M.Leddy
The Card Catalog
An illustrated history of the card catalog, from cuneiform days onward.
books  libraries 
november 2017 by M.Leddy
DISCARD
On the back flyleaf, stamped in red: DISCARD.
books  dowdyworld 
august 2017 by M.Leddy
The unmysterious Art of Discarding
Such a mysterious title: it suggested to me a meditation on object impermanence, a book that might be found in the gift shop of the Museum of Jurassic Technology, next to In Praise of Shadows.
books  clutter 
may 2017 by M.Leddy
FSRC: annual report
Our two-person adventure in reading, in its second year.
books  fambly  reading 
may 2017 by M.Leddy
Book battles
From The Wall Street Journal : “When Couples Fight Over Books.”
books  marriage 
january 2017 by M.Leddy
Preventing discards
A tale of librarians seeking to prevent discards.
books  libraries 
january 2017 by M.Leddy
Reaching for a book
“‘When I hear the word “Trump,”’ he said, ‘I reach for a book.’”
books  reading 
january 2017 by M.Leddy
Bookstore-less Bronx
The Bronx is about to lose a Barnes & Noble, the borough’s lone general-interest bookstore.
books  bookstores  Bronx 
november 2016 by M.Leddy
One or more night stands
“What night stand? I don’t have a night stand. What’s with ‘night stand’? Why do you assume that that’s where everyone keeps their books?”
books  NewYorkTimes  reading 
october 2016 by M.Leddy
Gotham tumblr
A tumblr devoted to the inventory of Manhattan’s defunct Gotham Book Mart.
books  bookstores  NewYorkCity 
august 2016 by M.Leddy
Not reading
Arthur Schopenhauer: “A precondition for reading good books is not reading bad ones: for life is short.”
books  reading 
july 2016 by M.Leddy
One that got away
An Italian-American bookstore opened in Boston’s North End.
books  Boston 
june 2016 by M.Leddy
FSRC: annual report
Reading together: seventeen books so far.
books  fambly  reading 
may 2016 by M.Leddy
Book tour
A Scholastic Book Services truck, sighted in the wild.
books  childhood 
may 2016 by M.Leddy
A bonus
A word in a 17th-century gradual.
books  handwriting 
april 2016 by M.Leddy
Happy birthday, Beverly Cleary
Beverly Cleary celebrates her hundredth birthday today.
BeverlyCleary  books  childhood  fambly 
april 2016 by M.Leddy
Leaving empty-handed
It’s sad when leaving a bookstore empty-handed becomes routine.
books  bookstores 
december 2015 by M.Leddy
Libraries and the book
Alberto Manguel: “If we change the role of libraries and librarians without preserving the centrality of the book, we risk losing something irretrievable.”
books  libraries 
october 2015 by M.Leddy
Walter Benjamin on collectors
“How many cities have revealed themselves to me in the marches I undertook in pursuit of books!”
books  WalterBenjamin 
october 2015 by M.Leddy
“In the Nostalgia District”
The Brady Bunch in in a townful of use-book stores.
books  dowdyworld  television 
june 2015 by M.Leddy
From a title page
A Funk & Wagnalls logo.
art  books  design 
march 2015 by M.Leddy
Review: Mary Norris, Between You & Me
Part memoir, part free-ranging meditation on matters of usage, this book draws on the entire person.
books  grammar  NewYorker  usage 
march 2015 by M.Leddy
A is for Artichoke
Sally Rightor Parks’s A is for Artichoke (Pasadena: Water Works, 2014) is a book of fifty-two paintings, two for each letter of the alphabet.
art  books  children 
march 2015 by M.Leddy
Jack DeJohnette on Muhal Richard Abrams
“He was always telling us, ‘Go to the library.’”
books  jazz  libraries  music 
march 2015 by M.Leddy
Daniel Berkeley Updike on style
Moore to Updike to Grolier to Aldus to Aldo.
books  friendship  MarianneMoore  typography 
march 2015 by M.Leddy
Marginalia
Exhibits of marginalia.
books  writing 
february 2015 by M.Leddy
A call-number surprise
The Book of the Courtier, and just two books away on the library shelf: Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.
books  libraries 
december 2014 by M.Leddy
Cubicles in publishing
A book editor speaks: “Having a door and a window is starting to feel like having a car and driver.”
books 
november 2014 by M.Leddy
Bob Conant on bookselling
”People realize if they want books to continue, they have to support bookstores, and they have to support publishers.”
Amazon  books  bookstores 
october 2014 by M.Leddy
“Pat talks to teenagers”
“For your own future enjoyment I say go bowling, or to a basketball game, or watch a good TV program (like the Pat Boone Chevy show!), at least for a while.”
advice  books  dowdyworld 
april 2014 by M.Leddy
Reading, before and after
An excerpt from Andrew Piper’s Book Was There.
books  reading 
january 2014 by M.Leddy
Reading surveilled
The act of reading itself is becoming data.
books  reading  technology 
december 2013 by M.Leddy
Organization man?
Three photographs found in a paperback copy of William H. Whyte’s 1956 book The Organization Man. Was the man in these photographs an organization man?
books  dowdyworld  photography 
december 2013 by M.Leddy
Bodley Head catalogue
Art from an 1897 catalogue.
art  books 
december 2013 by M.Leddy
Stoner FTW
John Williams’s novel Stoner has been named Waterstones’s Book of the Year.
books  fiction 
december 2013 by M.Leddy
Recently updated
An update to a post about book designer Guy Fleming.
books  design  typography 
september 2013 by M.Leddy
On e-reading
Nicholas Carr on e-book sales going flat, Verlyn Klinkenborg on the appeal of print.
books  VerlynKlinkenborg 
august 2013 by M.Leddy
積ん読 [tsundoku]
“The act of leaving a book unread after buying it, typically piled up together with such other unread books.”
books  words 
august 2013 by M.Leddy
WCW for young readers
“A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams, by Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2008), is the work of a writer and an artist with a genuine feeling for Williams’s work.”
art  books  poetry  WilliamCarlosWilliams 
july 2013 by M.Leddy
Department-store Shakespeare
In 1965, a suburban department store’s book department carried at least one work of Shakespearean criticism.
books  dowdyworld  Shakespeare 
july 2013 by M.Leddy
Penguin Random House
I think Penguin House would have made a better name. Or Random Penguin, better still.
books  names 
july 2013 by M.Leddy
Bernard Waber (1921–2013)
He wrote and illustrated the Lyle books.
art  books  childhood 
may 2013 by M.Leddy
E. L. Konigsburg (1930–2013)
Author of From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.
books 
april 2013 by M.Leddy
Brookline Booksmith blog
“I am happy to discover that one of my favorite bookstores, Brookline Booksmith, has a blog: brookline blogsmith.”
books  bookstores 
january 2013 by M.Leddy
Turabian, fourth edition
“Writers of the era used the tools depicted on the book’s front and back covers to create written documents by making marks on thin sheets of a material called “paper” and fastening the sheets together.”
books  paper  writinginstruments 
december 2012 by M.Leddy
A Manual for Writers of Dissertations
“This sixty-one-page manual is the predecessor of A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, now in its seventh edition.”
books  typewriter 
december 2012 by M.Leddy
The Wheel of Information
Five tiers, eight hundred books, forty-five years on the job.
books  dowdyworld  libraries 
august 2012 by M.Leddy
&QuA?
Bravo to the publisher who thought it fitting to give a lovely bouquet of letters and punctuation marks to a textbook.
books  design  typography 
august 2012 by M.Leddy
On being an information packrat
At BrownStudies, one, two, three, four engaging and thought-provoking posts on being an information packrat.
books  notebooks  paper 
august 2012 by M.Leddy
Le Steak de Paris
Maeve Brennan writes about this restaurant several times in The Long-Winded Lady, more than about any other.
books  MaeveBrennan  NewYorkCity  writing  restaurants 
august 2012 by M.Leddy
Eighth Street Bookshop
The Eighth Street Bookshop, run by brothers Eli and Ted Wilentz, is one of the now-defunct businesses that make an appearance in Maeve Brennan’s The Long-Winded Lady.
books  bookstores  NewYorkCity 
august 2012 by M.Leddy
Maeve Brennan, The Long-Winded Lady
To read The Long-Winded Lady in 2012 is to read about a lost Manhattan.
books  MaeveBrennan  NewYorkCity  writing 
august 2012 by M.Leddy
The dinner hour
When was the dinner hour?
books  dowdyworld 
july 2012 by M.Leddy
Harvey Pekar’s Cleveland
A place in which to work, worry, and observe.
books  comics  HarveyPekar 
july 2012 by M.Leddy
Donald J. Sobol (1924–2012)
Donald J. Sobol, the creator of Encyclopedia Brown, has died at the age of eighty-seven.
books  childhood  reading 
july 2012 by M.Leddy
Too Late the Phalarope
I think I’m a better person for having read Too Late the Phalarope. And now I wonder why its enigmatic title didn’t move me to read it sooner.
books  fiction  JimDoyle 
july 2012 by M.Leddy
French bookstores
The New York Times reports that bookstores in France are flourishing.
books 
june 2012 by M.Leddy
War and Peace, Nookd
“When any seeker of a fast ninety-nine cents can get hold of a public-domain translation and package it as an e-book, this sort of sloppiness threatens to become the norm.”
books  technology 
june 2012 by M.Leddy
Virginia Woolf on second-hand books
“Second-hand books are wild books, homeless books; they have come together in vast flocks of variegated feather, and have a charm which the domesticated volumes of the library lack.”
books 
may 2012 by M.Leddy
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