Month: February 2010

World book news: 13 rules for writers

Today I initiate what I am hoping will become a more or less weekly feature here at — a report on book news from newspapers and journals…

Trilby, Allumi, Calluna, Giorgio, Leksa, Sentinel, Catacumba

Who or what are Trilby, Allumi, Calluna, Giorgio, Leksa, and Catacumba? a. Captains of vessels in the fleet of the early seventeenth-century Dutch adventurer Joris van Spilbergen. b….

Polls are wonderful

A new New York Times/CBS News poll finds that 70 percent of Americans support gays and lesbians serving in the military. But only 59 percent support the same…

Publish and perish

Having completed my scriptorium and tabularium and got my books somewhat organized, I found myself with a bunch of duplicates and some other books I no longer needed….

Venice book tower

This house on the beach in Venice, California, has no doors (on its upper story), and the walls are made up of bookshelves and storage units. Read about…

J. D. Salinger

Now that he’s passed away everybody who has ever read a book is writing about him. Enough! I call time out!

Rag or justified?

These are preliminary design pages for a new book about the art of Bali. The font is Garamond Premier Pro. The image is a cool piece by I…

Inigo Jones FTW

Back in the Jacobean period, the early seventeenth century, Shakespeare was seeming a bit old-fashioned to the lord and ladies in the expensive seats. They wanted a little…