Those books without indexes

Posted by Colleen on October 22, 2017 in Blog

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Read The Spectator article here.

Read about the book here.




Posted by Colleen on August 23, 2017 in Blog

| ˈnäləj | noun. facts, information, and skills acquired by a person

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“The foremost finding aid of the physical book”

Posted by Colleen 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

Posted by Colleen on March 16, 2017 in Blog

The New York Times2

Like a moon to the night, literature disrupts the totalitarian narrative

The New York Times


Click here for the New York Times opinion piece by Hisham Matar.



Buffalo’s literary legacy: F. Scott Fitzgerald

Posted by Colleen 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, but she heard a few months later that he was in a little town called Batavia, New York, practicing general medicine, and later that he was in Lockport doing the same thing … He was considered to have fine manners and once made a good speech at a public health meeting on the subject of drugs, but he became entangled, with a girl, who worked in a grocery store, and he was involved in a lawsuit about some medical question, and so he left Lockport.”


Buffalo, Batavia, Lockport … Dick Diver spiraling downward in western New York




Posted by Colleen on October 15, 2016 in Blog






Does the magic live within the words?

Posted by Colleen on July 2, 2016 in Blog



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





Day in the life

Posted by Colleen 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

Posted by Colleen on March 2, 2016 in Blog

The chemistry of compounds containing metal–carbon bonds.



Art = hundreds of thousands of index cards

Posted by Colleen 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.



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