Sorry for the slightly delayed post this week:
- Julia Keller writes on book theft in the Chicago Tribune.
- The Rhode Island Historical Society has been awarded a $99,400 IMLS grant to complete the cataloging of its audiovisual materials. Very cool!
- Laura's found and provided some nifty images of vade mecum, thanks to a sharp-eyed reader.
- All branches of the Philadelphia Free Library will be closing on 2 October 2009 due to budget shortfalls. More here.
- Some essays on Samuel Johnson in The Telegraph: by (London mayor) Boris Johnson, Christopher Howse. And John notes that BBC4 is running some Johnson-related programming, which I invite folks to check out.
- McSweeney's has a timely feature on libraries. This cracked me up.
- In the New Yorker, Caleb Crain reviews Morris Dickstein's Dancing in the Dark, a history of American culture in the 1930s. A good piece as always!
- Sally Jenkins and John Stauffer's The State of Jones is reviewed in the WaPo by Stephen Budiansky. It's been a long time since I've seen a book from a big press like Doubleday get so universally panned.
- Boyd Tonkin reviews David Nokes' new biography of Samuel Johnson in The Independent.
- Several recent books on "medical monsters" are reviewed by Bettina Bildhauer in the TLS.