So a decade ago, hack advertisers needed to make everything cyber-this and i-that. Fifty years ago, everyone was selling a Space-whatsit, and a hundred years ago it was all radium-whatever. Radium Razor Blades! (I’m serious.) But let’s say it’s 1848: now how do you make yourself the product of the future?...more
Posts by: Paul Collins
Some books are born to greatness, some achieve greatness, and apparently others have greatness thrust upon them in the form of an Amazon gift card.
This hasn’t gotten much play yet outside of California news blogs, but it should. When GOP gubernatorial candidate Steve Poizner’s memoir (Mount Pleasant: What Happened When I Traded a Silicon Valley Board Room for an Inner City Classroom) hit the NY Times bestseller list last month, not a few people were puzzled; as a new posting on the San Jose Mercury news blog puts it, “No....more
Terrific news in last Sunday’s Times of London:
“MORE than 65,000 19th-century works of fiction from the British Library’s collection are to be made available for free downloads by the public from this spring….Many of the downmarket books known as “penny dreadfuls” will also be made available to the public, including Black Bess by Edward Viles and The Dark Woman by J M Rymer....more
For some reason this hasn’t attracted much notice nationally, but this last week the San Francisco Bay Guardian won a whopping $21 million dollar judgment against Village Voice Media for monopolistic practices by VVM-owned SF Weekly. But because VVM was apparently too cocky to post bond before the case, now the Bay Guardian can start seizing VVM assets from pretty much anywhere it likes in the 16-paper chain....more
I’m on a NPR Weekend Edition segment about Shakespeare’s First Folio this weekend; Scott Simon and I ventured into the vault of the Folger with library director Gail Paster.
It’s very rare that they let anyone into the underground vault — it literally has a giant time-lock door — so we were lucky indeed to have a look at such treasures as this Folio cheerily defaced by a girl in the 1720s:...more
I love that a book like this needed to exist in the first place — an 1859 guide to creating architect’s models out of paper:...more