A Cocktail (Literally) Made of Old Books: Critical Linking, December 2, 2016

This Critical Linking is sponsored by Letters of Note: Volume 2 by Shaun Usher.


The pages were vacuum-sealed with grapeseed oil, then the infusion was fat-washed with a neutral high-proof spirit.

The result? “It has that musty, fusty old library quality to it,” Fetherston says. And strangely, it tastes like duck fat, too.

It’s served in a flask dropped inside a hollowed-out book. Because OF COURSE IT IS.

The magazine’s managing editor, Andrew Gulli, says he found the manuscript among the tens of thousands of pages of works by H.G. Wells at the University of Illinois.

“It’s been there for a very, very long time — yet for some reason, nobody knew anything about this story,” Gulli tells NPR’s Linda Wertheimer.

Next in the long line of “undiscovered work by dead guy newly discovered, sort of”? H.G. Wells!

Now, the page reads: “Sometimes the law requires us to share your information, such as if we receive a valid subpoena, warrant, or court order. We may share your information if our careful review leads us to believe that the law, including state privacy law applicable to Library Records, requires us to do so.”

The NYPL (and other libraries) are updating their privacy policies in reaction to the election.

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