Yes, it’s true. AbeBooks has revealed that it sold an Italian ornithology on birds from 1765 for an astonishing $191,000 in 2015. Published in Florence, the set — commissioned by the Grand Duchess of Tuscany — contained more than 600 hand-colored engraved plates of birds. The book seller noted that the set’s “fine condition enhanced its value […]
The movie “Wild” made poet & writer Adrienne Rich famous among new generation of women.Her book “The Dream of a Common Language” includes a chapter of 21 love poems.I’ve read and re-read XVI tonight: Moony, inlet-warm, seabathed, I watch you sleep the scrubbed, sheenless wood of the dressing-table cluttered with our brushes, books, vials in […]
Joan Didion was one of 24 leading figures in American arts and culture who gathered on Wednesday in East Room of the White House, where President Obama made the annual presentation of the National Medals of Art and the National Humanities Medals. She looked so frail as she made her way, with a special escort, […]
From Tumblr blog aptly named Awesome People Reading.
How did I not know about these amazing Jane Austen postcards?! Found these photos tonight on The Daydream Princess tumblr blog. Found them for sale for $13.60 a box on Amazon!
She survived cancer. Endured a married lover. But when she lost her job, Dominique Browning had to reinvent her life.
Jesse Kornbluth, of HeadButler.com, this week in awe of a woman in pajamas. “Slow love” is a good description of the way I’ve come to know Dominique Browning. After decades of a nodding acquaintance when we worked at glossy magazines, we started reading the other’s web sites. There was a chance meeting at a dinner, […]
Jesse Kornbluth, of HeadButler.com, this week cheering for the singer-songwriter adored by English majors and the men and women who adore them. I love silent days crafting sentences alone, but if you put a gun to my head and told me I’d have to trade my maid’s room for the stages of music clubs and […]
Easy to say ‘Be patient.’ Much harder to do it when you’ve just jumped out of a crashed plane in Burma, drenched in fuel, and are on fire.
Jesse Kornbluth, of HeadButler.com, thinking he really ought to meditate more often. “Peace can be found within, no matter the external circumstances,” Allan Lokos writes in “Patience: The Art of Peaceful Living.” “Forgive me, Allan,” I thought, when I read his book for the first time. ”You may be the founder and guiding teacher of […]
The best novel by the favorite writer of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis is about a woman who lives off men.
Jesse Kornbluth, of HeadButler.com, here to present a woman who feels much worse than you can in the dull bottom of February. The favorite writer of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis is said to have been Jean Rhys (1890-1979). If so, that says a lot, for the main character in a novel by Rhys tends to be […]
Illustration by Foxtales.
Jesse Kornbluth, of HeadButler.com, checking in between winter storms. And thinking: It’s a lot colder in this classic movie. So why not suggest it? Readers will feel better about themselves as they watch a great film they may have missed. Robert Altman liked to say he hated Westerns. He didn’t much enjoy working with Warren […]
Jesse Kornbluth, of HeadButler.com, this week wearing le smoking and smirking. Arsene Lupin — you know him not, but to generations of European readers he was the French Sherlock Holmes. Well, better than the Brit detective. Holmes was on the side of the law, a stodgy enterprise. But Lupin was a burglar. A gentleman burglar. […]
I was in Washington DC last week for work. The trip wouldn’t have been complete without time spent exploring at least one local bookstore… This sign was posted at Kramerbooks in Dupont Circle… I know it’s counterintuitive to shop for books and magazines while traveling…Definitely undermines the concept of traveling light… Like local grocery stores, […]
Jesse Kornbluth, of HeadButler.com, with a book for all ages. What I love about great novels — maybe what I love best about them — is how much they make me feel. That’s become more and more important to me over the course of this last decade, because most of every day I — and […]
Some of my favorite books as a child were literal picture books – no words, just pictures. Every time you “read” the book you make up a different story to go with the pictures. This is kind of like that. Yusuke Oono created a cut paper book that captures a bit of Christmas. I love […]
Once upon a time there was a clumsy dragon who was chosen to save the world. It’s just a shame he wasn’t very good at it. Last year I had the privilege of being introduced to one of the most adorable, flawed, fun middle-grade fiction characters I had ever met: Crispin Scales, a dragon. The […]
Jesse Kornbluth, of HeadButler.com, this week clearing out his cookbook shelf because a new arrival is the answer to so many cooking questions. We were giving a dinner for an Important Person, so we made up a guest list of friends we regard as Important. It is a measure of my wife’s skill in the […]
“I see things better with my feet,” said the blind man who was, in his day, the world’s greatest traveler
Jesse Kornbluth, of HeadButler.com, this week with a totally inspiring story. James Holman was a 21-year-old British sailor with the bad luck to be the man on deck as his ship was buffeted by a winter storm off Nova Scotia. He had the frame of a boy — he weighed just 146 pounds — and […]
Jesse Kornbluth, of HeadButler.com, this week bringing you a droll voice from the long-lost past. Maurice Dekobra? His name is now almost completely forgotten, but in 1927 he published a novel called “The Madonna of the Sleeping Cars” that sold a million copies in France. (It was eventually published in 24 languages.) In 1928, The […]
Hello again, this is Naomi Bulger from Messages in Bottles. Last year, cartoonists from across the world were challenged to create something with the theme “Reading” for the International Book Cartoon Contest. The results, I think, are quite lovely. Some are inspiring (like the one at the top of this post, which happened to win […]