“Library Hand” Was Developed Specifically for Librarians: Find out More in This Evening’s Critical Linking

Critical Linking is sponsored this evening by You Are Here by Jenny Lawson:


Influenced by Edison and honed via experimenting on patient, hand-sore librarians, library hand focused on uniformity rather than beauty. “The handwriting of the old-fashioned writing master is quite as illegible as that of the most illiterate boor,” read a New York State Library School handbook. “Take great pains to have all writing uniform in size, blackness of lines, slant, spacing and forms of letters,” wrote Dewey in 1887.

It turns out there is a reason older library catalog cards all look the same: they were all using the same, specifically developed writing style.



This simple app let’s you highlight, save, and share quotations from the book you are reading. Have to say, I might actually use this, unlike 99% of the reading-related apps that come along.


Penguin Random House’s Viking/Penguin Books imprint will publish A Legacy of Spies, a new work by renowned espionage novelist John le Carré, on September 5. Le Carré was represented in the deal by Jonny Geller at Curtis Brown.

Terrific news. I wonder what Smiley would make of recents events in the intelligence community.


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