Checking out books on the subway? We can dig it! (And those bookshelf mock-ups would make a pleasant change from Dr. Zizmor ads, not that we don’t love him, too.)
Brilliant idea, meant for anyone who’s been on a long subway ride with nothing to read. But as it turns out, this is just a concept, and the New York Public Library has nothing to do with it, despite their logo being front and center.
The credit goes to students at the Miami Ad School. But the title of their project, “A Simple Solution to help New York’s Empty Libraries,” is flawed, because the libraries in this city aren’t empty at all.
Since 2008, NYPL circulation is up 44 percent, to 28 million. Attendance is up 12 percent, to 18 million. And computer usage is up 160 percent.
That said, Miami’s students are on to something here. NYPL, take note!
Google has indexed many of Bram’s works to read for free, online.
In honor of Bram Stoker, born 165 years ago today and best known for his novel DRACULA, we thought we’d share an old favorite, this Kenn Duncan photo of the late Raul Julia in the 1978 stage production of Stoker’s novel. Tell us your favorite vampire moments in film, books, television or anything else…
Happy birthday Bram!
“In photography and in writing, I want to give people the same sort of feeling which is that there is somebody else out there who is noticing the small things of life.” —Teju Cole
The author Teju Cole’s debut novel Open City won the 2012 Pen/Hemingway Award and was called “beautiful, subtle —and original….” by The New Yorker. He visited The Leonard Lopate Show Monday. Here is the latest installment of The Leonard Lopate Show Book Club.
Santigold gives a shout-out to Kurt Vonnegut and Breakfast of Champions in her interview with Soundcheck’s John Schaefer about her new album Master Of My Make-Believe.
What a lovely way to share some of your favorite books with your guests. Though I would probably do it at a more intimate party and then ask everyone to play Book By Its Cover while we eat dessert.
We do this for Housing Works weddings sometimes. Highly recommended. And cheap!
Will you marry me? —A.P.
Got overdue fines at the the library? Your debt can be forgiven—if you read. Read Down Your Fines is new program at the NYPL. Otherwise? Thrown to the lions, for shame. -L.A.
Some of Jennifer Egan’s favorite words, from this Q&A with the author for The Leonard Lopate Show’s Book Club: “…catholic, bizarre, pure, wisp, brutal, melt, transcendent, politics, careen, pierce, quizzical, fraught, shadow, toxic, whisper, parallel.”
Remember when the Strand had no AC but you went anyway and after sweating it out in “mass market paperbacks” and “Americana” for an hour it seemed so much cooler when you stepped back out onto Broadway plus you had an armful of new-to-you books so who cared how hot it was? —A.P.
Jane Austen’s unpublished manuscript of “The Watsons,” a book she never completed, was sold for $1.6 million at auction Thursday.
“He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary.”
- William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway)
“Does he really think big emotions come from big words?”
- Ernest Hemingway (about William Faulkner)
In your ineluctable face, Faulkner!!! —A.P.