The Odd Paraphernalia of the NYPL’s Berg Collection: Critical Linking, July 11

Today’s Critical Linking is sponsored by Flatiron Books and I’m Not Missing, the YA debut from Carrie Fountain.

I'm Not Missing


On the third floor of the New York Public Library, off of a quiet, marble-tiled hallway, is the Berg Reading Room. Mary Catherine Kinniburgh is one of the literary-manuscript specialists in charge of the cache of artifacts, which includes a lock of Walt Whitman’s hair, Jack Kerouac’s boots and Virginia Woolf’s walking cane—all guarded by a buzzer and a strict protocol for appointment-only visits. “You can’t help but be a person in space and time in history, particularly in this room. It’s an opportunity to encounter an object in a very physical way, to generate meaning that transcends the shape of time,” Kinniburgh said.

:Adds to literary travels bucket list: (If you can’t see the article, watch the video here)


One presentation copy to pass through Mr Harrington’s shop was a Frankenstein signed by Mary Shelley to Lord Byron, who was famously part of the party where she first created the story.

It sold for more than £300,000.

Interesting info on the value of signed books.


R.L. Stine, the master of ghoulish, goosebump-inducing kid’s horror, is making a welcome return to comics after his debut last year with the weird and sinister Man-Thing for Marvel. This time around, it’ll be a whole new series of spooky happenings, as part of a wide-sweeping new deal he has with Boom Studios.

Look out for the first one around Halloween (ooooEEEOOOooooh) next year.

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