Monday, July 20, 2009

Links & Reviews

Apologies for the delay in getting this out this week:

- At the Boston Public Library's Rare Books Room, an exhibit sponsored by the BPL and UMASS Boston has opened: "Sermons, Slavery and Scandal: The Printed Words of Early Boston, 1660-1830." The show will run through 30 September, during the regular hours of the rare books room (M-F, 9-5).

- Also at the BPL tomorrow (Tuesday), a panel discussion on the Google Books Settlement (6 p.m., Rabb Lecture Hall). Google Books Engineering Director Daniel Clancy, MIT Libraries Director Ann Wolpert and professors John Palfrey of Harvard Law School and Hal Abelson of MIT will explain and discuss the proposed settlement, and will take questions from the audience.

- From Vridar, an overview of the motives for forgery. [h/t Literary Fraud & Folly]

- Over at AuntieQuarian, the Rellas: a selection of 2008-09 Research Library awards. I'm pretty pleased that MHS won the "Best Pencils" award. We all decided we very much like the "Best Lunchtime Ritual" award as well ...

- In the Philadelphia Inquirer, Katie Haegele offers a list of summer reading for young adults.

- The semi-annual post about anthropodermic (human skin) bindings has arrived, courtesy of Carolyn Kellogg at Jacket Copy.

- Paul Collins notes his new Believer article on William Gardiner's 1832 pamphlet The Music of Nature.

Reviews

- Adam Kirsch reviews Richard Holmes' The Age of Wonder for Slate.

- Kathryn Hughes reviews Anna Letitia Barbauld: Voice of the Enlightenment in the Guardian.

- In the CSM, Marjorie Kehe reviews The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane.

- Hobson Woodward's A Brave Vessel is reviewed by Jonathan Yardley in the WaPo.

- Also in the Post, Michael Grunwald reviews Lynn Hudson Parsons' The Birth of Modern Politics.

- A fascinating review essay in the TLS, "Google Books or Great Books?" by Peter Green.

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