A Positively, Final Appearance

And an exhortation to read, read, read

Ending Up

Man can live on books alone, but he needs more bread to do so

Book Projects

The Art of Keeping Busy


… And its role in a just society

A Dreamer’s Tale

Resolutions for the new year

Let Us Now Praise Dover Books

The literary legacy of E. F. Bleiler

Books for the Holidays

Gift ideas for the young and old

Christmas Reading

A lot more than Dickens can help invoke the Yuletide spirit

In Praise of Small Presses

The books they publish would enliven any library—but you likely won’t find them at your average big box

Poe and Baudelaire

Birds of a feather sold together …

“I’m Done”

A look at artists in their autumnal years

Language Matters

Style, substance, and the labor involved in getting it just so

What’s in a Name?

Oh, the joys of being tuckerized …

Jacques Barzun—and Others

The eminent scholar was among the last representatives of a grand literary tradition


Nostalgia and longing for the middle of nowhere and the flowering of culture one finds there

Waving Not Drowning

All those books set aside for projects yet to come—but is it madness?

Castles in Space

Much more than mere escape

Going, Going, Gone

Time is money, but art is art

Dirty Pictures

George Bellows, the beauties of an industrial landscape, and a tribute to the quiet men who got things done

New and Old

Building a book collection, one treasured volume at a time


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