Month: September 2008

The free market

The free market isn’t really free. But it’s not worth much. .

My Bookhouse

Call me Kirk: my house is being overrun with tribbles. Well not tribbles really, but books, which amounts to much the same thing. They seem charming at first…

What is the optimum length of a query letter?

How long should a query be? Surely it depends on the nature of the work, competing editions and the book’s market segment, your publishing history, whether you know…

When kerning goes bad

. via Cosmopoetica .

Two covers, one image

It’s not unusual to see two or more books that use the same image. After all, professional designers tend to sample from the same stock image pools. What…

Saving endangered words

Quote of the day — and a call to action –from Times Online: It may appear agrestic to ask, but The Times is calling on its readers to…

Python poetry

. via Robert Peake .

Photography the hard way

John Chiara demonstrates his process. . via photodoug .

Literary Prizes

Having served on several literary award committees, ranging from local ones like the Northern California Book Awards to national gigs like serving as an NEA panelist, I recognized…

American and European dust jackets, 1926-1947

The New York Public Library’s amazing and ever-expanding digital collections includes more than two thousand book jackets from 1926 through 1947. The library routinely removed jackets from books…

A brief history break

If it [the Pledge of Allegiance] was good enough for the founding fathers, it’s good enough for me. — Sarah Palin Pop quiz! What historical event is associated…

A story of a sign

HISTORIA DE UN LETRERO (THE STORY OF A SIGN) .

A Spanish Renaissance calligraphy manual

The resourceful peacay at BibliOdyssey, who seems to spend most of his waking hours rummaging through the online archives of libraries and museums searching for scans from old…

What the heck is the past tense of spec?

Believe it or not, this comes up all the time, and after all these years I have yet to decide what’s right. For example, I e-mailed a print…

Illustrating Lennon

Jerry Levitan, working with direction Josh Raskin, illustrator James Braithwaite, and digital artist Alex Kurina, has produced an animated version of an interview he made thirty-eight years ago…

Palin and book banning

According to the NYT today: Shortly after becoming mayor, former city officials and Wasilla residents said, Ms. Palin approached the town librarian about the possibility of banning some…

What kind of accent does Sarah Palin have?

She’s got a piercing voice, that’s for sure. Maybe you develop that to be heard over five children during howling blizzards. But what about her accent? There is…