Month: August 2007Page 1 of 2

Edward Seidensticker, 1921-2007

Edward Sedensticker, who died at 86 on Sunday in Tokyo, was one of the greatest translators of Japanese literature. He had been in a coma for months following…

Archer Returns

The entire series of Ross Macdonald Lew Archer novels is returning to print from Vintage Books. The early Archer novels are derivative of Chandler — some would say…

Come in

A story often repeated is that Joyce’s sometime amanuensis, Samuel Beckett, inserted the words “come in” into Finnegans Wake, unaware that Joyce was answering a knock at the…

Dutch Type

Publisher 010 Uitgeverij has made what I think is probably a smart decision to put their 2004 title Dutch Type by Jan Middendorp in Google Book Search. Of…

Voldemort conjures a preposition

In an article entitled “Prepositional Anxiety and Voldemort’s Wand” Language Log takes J. K. Rowling to task for this sentence, spoken by her evil wizard, Mr. Riddle: My…

Related posts

It’s easy to be seduced by software. But just because you can do some cool things doesn’t mean you should. It took quite a while for it to…

How to repair books

The Darmouth libraries have an excellent tutorial on how to repair books. Among the topics covered are cleaning, tipping in pages, repairing tears, and repairing spines and hinges….

Certificate in literary translation

The University of Rochester has begun offering an undergraduate certificate in literary translation. This is a great idea. Meanwhile the department of comparative literature at the University of…

Kontrapunkt typeface

Most free typefaces are worth about what you pay for them. But the Danish design firm Kontrapunkt (I think the word means “counterpoint”) has released its fine corporate…

Google book search

Looks like Google is starting to throw some weight behind their book search.

Judging the Booker by Its Covers

Snap judgments from Sam Jordison at the Guardian.

Little Planets

Quoting from the site: A peculiar sort of remapping for spherical panoramas that makes everything look like an illustration out of The Little Prince. Basically, to make these,…

On the Road

Click the image above for an extensive collection of covers of Kerouac’s On the Road. How interesting to see all the different takes on the book! The Italians…

Standards of Journalism

Print journalists criticizing bloggers is nothing new. So when Michael Skube, a journalism professor at Elon University, wrote an opinion piece for the Los Angeles Times, in which…

A proposal to amend the U.S. Constitution

I’ve been thinking about how our system of appointing Supreme Court justices is flawed. Life expectancy is increasing and presidents are appointing younger justices now, who might serve…

Weinberger on Sontag

Susan Sontag has positive associations for me for a personal and I suppose fairly trivial reason — she sent a generous letter to me when I was director…

Who has been editing Wikipedia?

The new ability created by Wikipedia Scanner to track Wikipedia edits by IP address has brought some folks hours of entertainment. Where have the collaborative encyclopedia’s edits been…

Morphing symmetry

Reader Raymond Brown has written in with another approach to looking at facial asymmetry. (This follows up on my left face/right face experiments.) He explains his technique this…

Ghost signs

I love ghost signs. I’ve been meaning to take some pictures in SF. Now I find (via Book of Joe) that Sam Roberts has an entire blog devoted…

Redesigning the Penguin UK website

At theBookseller.com, Ann Rafferty talks about her redesign of the Penguin UK site. In essence the site is moving a little in the direction of web 2.0 —…

Left Abe, Right Abe

Using life masks of Lincoln owned by the Chicago History Museum, scientists have determined that Abraham Lincoln had an unusually asymmetrical face. Lincoln had a condition called cranial…

Read the contract

You don’t want this sad story to be yours.

Journalistic ethics and Publishers Weekly

Ed Champion excoriates Karen Holt for writing in Publishers Weekly that includes passages such as this: There was the time at BEA when I wanted to ask Margaret…

Novelist, Murderer?

Are those bullet points on Krystian Bala’s multifaceted resume? Or does art just happen to resemble death?