Sunday, August 19, 2012

Links & Reviews

- Travis McDade has posted on the OUP blog about the Girolamini library thefts and about the many new difficulties (thankfully!) facing insider thieves.

- Mark Dimunation talked to NPR this week about the Library of Congress' "Books That Shaped America" exhibit.

- The Harry Ransom Center's Kraus map collection is now available online. Also see the press release.

- Two interesting card-catalog-related posts this week: Goran Proot introduces us to the Folger's Chronological Card Catalog of Continental Books, and Jackie Penny memorializes the AAS card catalog cabinets, recently removed from the reading room (a great example of "gone but not forgotten!").

- Matt Kirschenbaum has posted an update on his "Track Changes" book project.

- Over on the Princeton Notabilia blog, Stephen Ferguson profiles the first map showing only New Jersey, published in 1784.

- Albert and Ruth Parr have donated their rare book collection of some 350 titles (valued at $300K+) to Oregon State University.

- Mills Kelly's "Teaching students to lie: historical method through hoaxes" is a great read.

- Rebecca Stott talked to the NYTimes' John Williams this about her new book, Darwin's Ghosts.

- Booktryst highlights a particular gorgeous example of Doves Bindery work.

- Brooke Palmieri and others circulated this interview with Peter Stallybrass, which is very much worth watching.

- Ira Glass is this week's "By the Book" subject.

- Over on the MHS blog, Nancy Heywood offers a glimpse at Harbottle Dorr, Jr., whose important annotated newspapers offer a unique perspective on Revolutionary Boston.


- Charles Rosen's Freedom and the Arts; review by Michael Dirda in the WaPo.

- Gyorgy Moldova's Ballpoint; review by Peter Pesic in the WSJ.