Category Archives: Booklore

Entries and posts that relate to the creation or consumption of books

Reading Companions

A story of codex technology in situ from Roger Deakin (Wildwood: A Journey Through Trees) Later, as I sit reading in the afternoon sun, a pearl-bordered fritillary comes and settles on my book, enjoying the reflected sunlight. Insects are often … Continue reading

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Autour de la “jolie femme”

The 1972 edition in the series Nouveaux classiques Larousse reproduces on its cover an illustration of the 1821 edition Smart. Compact. But Incomplete. The first excised section in this edition for schools of Diderot’s Le neveu de Rameau is marked … Continue reading

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A Commitment to Sufficiency

Wendell Piez Pellucid Literature http://pellucidliterature.org/PellucidLiterature.xml * Likewise, incoming requests are never watched or tracked, to say nothing of counted or analyzed. This isn’t that kind of transaction either. Pellucid Literature does not take your name, watch your IP address or … Continue reading

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D Q & R

Today’s entry is brought to you by the letters, D, Q & R. Bertrand Russell The Good Citizen’s Alphabet illustrations by Franciszka Themerson DIABOLICAL – Liable to diminish the income of the rich QUEER – Basing opinions on evidence RATIONAL … Continue reading

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Decidedly Dedicated

for the family, related and unrelated, living and dead Joyce Nelson. Dedication to Battlefronts (Toronto: Coach House Press, 1977). And so for day 2440 18.08.2013

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Ever Ready To Converse

In the Penguin Books Great Ideas series, Seneca On the Shortness of Life translated by C.D.N. Costa. You should rather suppose that those are involved in worthwhile duties who wish to have daily as their closest friends Zeno, Pythagoras, Democritus … Continue reading

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fragile tissue of time

Parenthesis 31 The Journal of The Fine Press Book Association “First Principles, Second Thoughts and Final Answers” Robert Bringhurst [p. 35] Writing encyclopedia articles pays very poorly when it pays at all. Yet the challenge posed by the genre — … Continue reading

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Look Alike

No moustache in one. No glasses in the other. Still they look alike. Illustration of Harry Duncan by Jack McMaster — Parenthesis 31 Photograph of Northrop Frye by Fred Phipps — Toronto Star, July 13, 2012 And so for day … Continue reading

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Unplucked by the Copy Editor

The Gardens of Emily Dickinson by Judith Farr sports a close up of the stamens of a daylily on its cover and a fragment from Dickinson (1058) “Bloom — is Result” (in Emily’s hand?) It is up close that some … Continue reading

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Signatures, Covers, Samples

Style brought to you by the hand. By the ear. By the eye. By the mind. George Swede’s signature is tight and compact like his talent for short verse forms such as haiku and tanka. Jan Zwicky’s signature is aswish … Continue reading

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