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“The foremost finding aid of the physical book”

On June 20, 2017 in Blog

A symposium at Oxford’s Bodleian Library, June 2017

I for my part venerate the inventor of Indexes, that unknown labourer in literature who first laid open the nerves and arteries of a book.

–Isaac Disraeli, Literary Miscellanies

–Isaac Disraeli, Literary Miscellanies

The Bodleian is one of the oldest libraries in Europe, and in Britain is second in size only to the British Library with over 12 million printed items. First opened to scholars in 1602, it incorporates an earlier library built by the University in the 15th century to house books donated by Humfrey, Duke of Gloucester. (Wikipedia)

The library is presenting a history of the book index — how the index has affected reading and research over the last 800 years.



Books: our resistance to narrow visions

On March 16, 2017 in Blog

Like a moon to the night, literature disrupts the totalitarian narrative   Click here for the New York Times opinion piece by Hisham Matar. _______________________________________


Buffalo’s literary legacy: F. Scott Fitzgerald

On January 26, 2017 in Blog

  Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was a year and a half old when the family moved to Buffalo. The Fitzgerald family lived at various addresses before returning to St. Paul MN when Scott was 12.   “Dick opened an office in Buffalo but eventually without success. Nicole did not find out what the trouble was, […]



On October 15, 2016 in Blog



Does the magic live within the words?

On July 2, 2016 in Blog

  A TED-Ed Original explores the question of what makes a book a book.     ____________________________


Day in the life

On May 24, 2016 in Blog

May 24, 2016 Agnes de Mille: Telling Stories in Broadway Dance Kara Ann Gardner Oxford University Press


Organometallic Chemistry

On March 2, 2016 in Blog

The chemistry of compounds containing metal–carbon bonds.


Art = hundreds of thousands of index cards

On February 19, 2016 in Blog

For the “Wonder” exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Tara Donovan constructed ten towers, 8 to 13 feet tall, by stacking and gluing hundreds of thousands of index cards on top of each other. Read more here.   __________________________


Buffalo Small Press Book Fair

On February 2, 2016 in Blog

The Buffalo Small Press Book Fair is a  two-day event that brings booksellers, authors, bookmakers, zinesters, small presses, artists, poets, INDEXERS, and others together in a venue where they can share ideas, showcase their stuff, and peddle their wares. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, April 9th from noon to 6pm and Sunday April 10th […]


Right and wrong

On January 14, 2016 in Blog

“I believe the word used wrongly distorts the world.” C.D. Wright (who died yesterday) Read some of C.D. Wright’s poetry here. _____________________

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