Monthly Archives: April 2012

Issue of April 29, 2012

You are going to want to read our newest columns this week from Gillian Polack and Carl Rollyson who share their thoughts on a new biography and on how reading and lives intersect. Join us!

With a new biography of Marilyn Monroe soon to hit the bookstores, Carl Rollyson took the opportunity to review the landscape of biographies about this complex woman and to place within that landscape the latest which, he says in The Marilyn Monroe of Biography, is outstanding.

Reading is not so much a part of our leisure time as of our lives, which enter into the way we read. Moods affect not only what we read but how we react to it, and Gillian Polack shares in The Reader and the Book that the “relationship between myself and my books was not  normal.”

Family medical issues and the need to incorporate (every) weekend trips into Lauren Roberts’ life mean that her flipping reading has become a bit sporadic. Nevertheless, her letter to BiblioBuffet readers this week includes the beginning of a fantastic listing of small publishers (some self-published) that she encountered through her volunteer work as a judge for a national book contest in Off Again.

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Issue of April 22, 2012

With the exception of those who like to file extensions, taxes are done and spring is beckoning. So go forth and enjoy it—with a book in hand.

Is a “blook” a book or a typo? Elizabeth Creith who admits to being particularly sensitive to words, especially book words. But is this new one the one that will drive her over the wall into craziness? Find out in We Don’t Say That Word in This House …

With civil liberties under assault in the name of security, it is worth exploring how and why they developed. And the reason didn’t begin with the Constitution or Bill of Rights, but instead with a man far less well known to history than the usual early names. Nicki Leone shares her love of a new book that takes the road lesser known but possibly more important in What We Owe to Mr. Williams.

The unhealthy aspects of tobacco and alcohol are well known, and for some people they are nothing less than destructive. However, for others these two substances go beyond health and into sin. Lauren Roberts finally pulls out her least favorite bookmark to explore how they translate into Fleshy Corruption.

Escape was the name of the game for Katherine Hauswirth’s latest set of reading, and she found it in two novels that went beyond the “candy” and became instead “a reminder to listen to dreams and nagging inner voices” and to viewing life differently as she plunged Into the Yonder, Wild Blue and Otherwise.

Twenty-two books along in his career, Lev Raphael looks at the changes in publishing and the very different lives of full-time authors versus authors ensconced in universities in Writing Outside the Academy.

On the Road may have been the title of Jack Kerouac’s most famous book, but it also describes Lauren Roberts’ life these days as she juggles weekday work and weekend trips to assist family in time of need. Some days she even gets some reading in, and when that involves Dad it becomes extra special.

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Issue of April 15, 2012

Tax week is always a bit stressful, so take some time to come in and enjoy what we have for you this week.

Books of Hours are antiquarian ones that were created for religious purposes. The most spectacular, art-wise, are those that were hand illuminated, but Gillian Polack wanted to go beyond that into understanding them, their uses, and the reasons only some became the beautiful objects we admire today in Reading a Book of Hours.

Continuing his look at biopics, Carl Rollyson now explains the differences and reasons that fact fudging in film is acceptable while in biography facts are instead a treasured resource and handled “with reverence” in  Biopics: The Sequel.

From January through April 15, it sometimes seems as if bookstores are outshoots of the IRS with the tax guides spilling over shelves and counters. Lauren Roberts was curious to know how books that have something to do with taxes (as a theme) but are not guides stacked up in various categories in Books Are Taxing!

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Issue of April 8, 2012

Spring is springing. And so is our reading. Come along for an amusing look at the possible development of papyrus and paper; share in a special time with a new take on Jane Austen; and learn about the role of bookstores in a bookmark collector’s passion.

There is one temporarily sad note in this issue: Nicki Leone does not have a new piece for “A Reading Life.” The reason is that on Sunday morning, as she was writing the column, she stopped for an apple snack. As she was slicing the apple in the kitchen, one of her cats chased a lizard across the counter, startling her sufficiently to distract her attention from a very sharp knife. Said knife proceeded to cut two of her fingers so severely she had to make a run to the emergency room. Fortunately, all will be okay but she is reduced to typing, in between applications of ice packs, with one finger and a mind full of pain. I made an executive decision to let her current column run so she can heal. It’s such a good one you can go ahead and read it again.

In other news . . .

How did papyrus and paper really develop? Biblio-humorist Elizabeth Creith wonders if perhaps they could have taken an evolutionary journey in Papyrus Trail.

Collecting bookmarks engages young and old, and one of the great pleasures of meeting other collectors is learning how they became engaged with bookmarks and what makes their collection. Laine Farley interviews one such collector who shares how her passion for bookstores spawned her interest in bookmarks in Collecting with Care.

Breaking with her tradition of two books and one theme at a time, Katherine Hauswirth focuses her attention on a newly released annotated edition of Jane Austen’s Emma. What is it like reading a classic that also contains numerous notes that provide previously unknown background? See, in The More Things Change . . .

Those lazy, hazy days have invaded spring too, and Lauren Roberts is Taking a Cue from Cats. Her cats, that is. She’s off to read, and encourages you to also do so.

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Issue of April 1, 2012

Come dine with us on a wide range of literary dishes offered by BiblioBuffet’s columnists as we take you from critical to craziness in this delicious issue. Join us!

When biographies are written about a single subject, they come in sequence, each building on the other. But how does the primary or first one differ? And why does it matter that it differs? Carl Rollyson explores the “the biographical process” particularly in regards to his upcoming biography of Sylvia Plath in Primary and Colonizing Biography.

How does one find books to read? The Internet has provided an overwhelming number of sources, but for Gillian Polack, particularly when seeking recommendations for books that focus on Women’s History Month, she turned to “people and their hearts” (primarily writers) who shared works they love in Navigating the Unvoid.

Checking in with three celebrated sports authors to uncover their perspectives on certain elements in writing books, Pete Croatto discovers some wise (and witty) words of advice in I’m Just Curious, Part II.

A recent decision by the Board of Education in New York City immediately captured Lauren Roberts’ attention, and she took advantage of their brain loss to create an essay in a properly banned format in Coming Soon to a School Near You!

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