Sunday, September 06, 2009

Links & Reviews

- John Overholt notes the success of the Johnson at 300 symposium last week (my thoughts here) and points out a great article in the Harvard Gazette about the meeting.

- The Ransom Center has launched a massive (c. 4,000-item!) digital Edgar Allan Poe collection. Super cool.

- In the NYT, Sam Roberts writes on New York's "oldest murder," committed 400 years ago today.

- Paul Collins notes the death of would-be spelling reformer Ed Rondthaler. And on NPR, Paul discusses the use of invisible ink in childens' activity books.

- I missed the beginning of the series, but McSweeney's is running "Dispatches from a Hangdog Bankrupt," written by rare-book dealer Bill Cotter. I'm catching up on these now. [h/t The Millions]

- Biblio's hosting a Biblio Book Hunt on Twitter - fun!

Reviews

- In the NYRB, James McPherson reviews several new Lincoln biographies.

- Douglas Brinkley's Wilderness Warrior is reviewed by Kathleen Dalton in the Boston Globe.

- Caleb Crain is in this week's New Yorker with "Bootylicious," a review of several recent works on pirates and piracy. On his blog he provides some background and further reading (always fascinating), and has added a coda on buried treasure now, too.

- In the WSJ, Thomas Lipscomb reviews In Defense of Thomas Jefferson by William Hyland.

- David Crystal's memoir, Just a Phrase I'm Going Through, is reviewed by Henry Hitchings in the TLS.

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