A copy of Fran Leadon’s Broadway: A History of New York in Thirteen Miles arrived at Biblioklept World Headquarters last month, reminding me that I don’t read enough nonfiction. The book is out this month in hardback from W.W. Norton. Their blurb: In the early seventeenth… Read More
Two new(ish) graphic novels from Nobrow, Vincent Mahé’s 750 Years in Paris and Victor Hussenot’s The Spectators, showcase Paris as an enduring site of progression, turbulence, and renewal, both in culture and consciousness. Mahé’s 750 Years in Paris is a time-machine, putting its viewer in a stationary position to observe the dramatic changes in one building—and French… Read More
“The History of the Apple Tree” by Henry David Thoreau from “Wild Apples.” It is remarkable how closely the history of the Apple-tree is connected with that of man. The geologist tells us that the order of the Rosaceae, which includes the Apple, also the true… Read More
My crappy iPhone pics aren’t doing justice to these images from Megan Prelinger’s Inside the Machine (glossy pages are hard to photograph). Book is out in August from W.W. Norton—their blurb: A visual history of the electronic age captures the collision of technology and art—and our… Read More
A COFFEE CHRONOLOGY Giving dates and events of historical interest in legend, travel, literature, cultivation, plantation treatment, trading, and in the preparation and use of coffee from the earliest time to the present (From William H. Ukers’s All About Coffee, 1922) 900[L]—Rhazes, famous Arabian physician, is… Read More
FLORIDA ORANGE WINE. Wipe the oranges with a wet cloth, peel off the yellow rind very thin, squeeze the oranges, and strain the juice through a hair-sieve; measure the juice after it is strained and for each gallon allow three pounds of granulated sugar, the… Read More
“Sun Worship. The Sources of Hallowe’en” is the first chapter of Ruth Edna Kelley’s The Book of Hallowe’en (1919) If we could ask one of the old-world pagans whom he revered as his greatest gods, he would be sure to name among them the sun-god; calling him… Read More
(See the whole thing).
(Non-manuscript, more legible version).
Blurb for Nick Turse’s Kill Anything That Moves, new in paperback: Americans have long been taught that events such as the notorious My Lai massacre were isolated incidents in the Vietnam War, carried out by just a few “bad apples.” But as award-winning journalist and historian… Read More
“Some of Us Had Been Threatening Our Friend Colby” by Donald Barthelme Some of us had been threatening our friend Colby for a long time, because of the way he had been behaving. And now he’d gone too far, so we decided to hang him.… Read More
Also, Howard Zinn on Columbus Day. [Editorial note: Yeah. I know. I post this like every Columbus Day. I still like it though].
DEALING WITH THE ETYMOLOGY OF COFFEE — from William H. Ukers’s All About Coffee (1922) Origin and translation of the word from the Arabian into various languages—Views of many writers THE history of the word coffee involves several phonetic difficulties. The European languages got the name of the beverage… Read More
Ruler of the World by Alex Rutherford. Pub’s copy: Alex Rutherford’s internationally bestselling series continues with Ruler of the World, the story of the third great Moghul Emperor, Akbar, leader of a triumphant dynasty which contained the seeds of its own destruction. Akbar, ruler of a… Read More
Katherine Anne Porter in her Paris Review interview: INTERVIEWER But it seems to me that your work suggests someone who was searching for new—perhaps broader—meanings . . . that while you’ve retained the South of your childhood as a point of reference, you’ve ranged far from that… Read More
“The Threat” by Saki Sir Lulworth Quayne sat in the lounge of his favourite restaurant, the Gallus Bankiva, discussing the weaknesses of the world with his nephew, who had lately returned from a much-enlivened exile in the wilds of Mexico. It was that blessed season… Read More