Sunday, July 31, 2011

Belated Links & Reviews

Apologies for the radio silence this week; all my energies were devoted to my Rare Book School class, which was very useful and great fun. If you ever get a chance to take one of Heather Wolfe's paleography classes or seminars, do it. She's a fantastic teacher, and did a really amazing job with the class. We learned a great deal, and were able to get in some very good practice on both reading and even writing in secretary hand. I'll need to keep practicing, but thankfully the resource list Heather provided (along with a few of my own little projects) will keep me well supplied with materials to transcribe!

Being in Charlottesville this summer and seeing once again all the work, love, and energy that goes into making Rare Book School the incomparable place that it is was an amazing experience. It's a privilege and an honor to be able to assist in making it all come together! Now that the summer sessions are over, I'm looking forward to spending some time in my new city now, and getting back to all the projects I haven't done much with since early June. Oh, and my books still want organizing on the shelves, too ...

First, though, some links and reviews from this week. I apologize if I missed any good links that people sent around on Twitter; several days this week I had to declare Twitter-amnesty since there simply wasn't time to catch up with it all.

- The July Common-place is now out, with a good selection of articles as always.

- As expected, more shoes have begun to drop in the Barry Landau documents theft case, with evidence suggesting that he may have also taken documents from the National Archives, Connecticut Historical Society, and Vassar College, and that his accomplice may have flushed documents down the toilet before being arrested at the Maryland Historical Society.

- From Echoes from the Vault, a new acquisition of a rare Esther Inglis miniscule manuscript is highlighted.

- The Deseret News reports on a cassette tape of Mark Hofmann selling one of his forgeries that has now been made public for the first time.

- The Tennessee state court of appeals has rejected Margaret Vance Smith's claim to Davy Crockett's marriage license, holding that there is no evidence that Knox County officials ever intended to discard the document.


- James Grant's Mr. Speaker!; review by Norman Ornstein in the NYTimes.

- Anthony Amore and Tom Mashberg's Stealing Rembrandts; review by Chuck Leddy in the Boston Globe.

- Richard Mabey's Weeds; review by Elizabeth Royte in the NYTimes.

- The new University of Nebraska edition of Audubon's 1826 journal; review by Anthony Doerr in the Boston Globe.

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