The Week’s Most Popular Posts: March 19 – 23, 2012

Our most popular posts from the week that was…

“This by far is my favorite library we’ve featured, and probably my favorite personal library that I’ve ever seen. It belongs to Professor Richard A. Macksey. Macksey is an author in his own right along with being a well-known, beloved professor at Johns Hopkins University, and co-founder of the university’s Humanities Center. He is the owner of one of the largest personal libraries in the state of Maryland, with over 70,000 ($4 million worth) books and manuscripts along with art work. Macksey’s course on Proust is famous among underground students at Johns Hopkins, and he is known to hold graduate level courses in his famous library.”

From Libraries of the Rich and Famous: Part Two by Wallace Yovetich


“The researchers found that more words have died in the past 40 years than during any other period covered by their data (1800 – 2008). While texting and the internet have introduced an entire new subset of words (such as “texting” and “internet”), it isn’t enough to offset the losses. Statistically speaking, the language is shrinking.”

From How Many Words Have You Killed Today? by Victor Wishna


“Go away” dust jackets: Created by bloggers who were inspired by a similar pin, these dust jackets are meant to ward off anyone trying to interrupt your reading. Just download the PDFs and they are yours.”

From Book Fetish: Volume XXII by Brenna Kalmer


“Ditto Madame Bovary. I was required to read this in Senior French in high school but I was too busy, you know, with, like, my own issues of ennui, and the vexation of the irregular verbs. Plus from what I could tell using my Larousse, there was a lot of embroidering, sewing, darning and tapestry work. Bor-aiiiiiing.”

From #readingfail: Famous Novels I Never Finished by Elizabeth Bastos


“The new iPad, and the host of subsequent devices it will influence, represents how we read now. We read texts and Twitter and email and blogs and The New York Times and and Wikipedia and BoingBoing. All of this is absolutely terrible, when even possible, on e-ink devices. It’s not even terribly pleasant on a computer. On the first and second generation iPad, it is much more comfortable. And on the latest iPad, it is a real joy.”

From The New iPad: A Reader-Centric Review by Jeff O’Neal


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