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The Library of Congress has recently signed a five-year,
multi-million dollar contract, with a Pittsburgh, PA preservation company, to remove the acid from one million books. The project is focusing on books dealing with the United States. More
They say there\'s only so much time. And there are so many great books. And every year more books are published, some of which will be great. Reluctantly, the reader begins to acknowledge the appalling necessity of choosing to read certain good things and not other good things.
jen writes \"My favorite quote: Joining this pantheon is the likes of Nancy Luce, the \'Chicken Poet\' of Martha\'s Vineyard, who devoted herself to her hens and free range verse. She sold fowl
poetry at her front gate, where Victorian tourists could also purchase eggs, each inscribed with the particular mother-hen\'s name and date the egg had been laid.
In Search of the World\'s Worst Writers by Nick Page
Nick Page has done signal service by reading through mounds of undeserving crap deserving memorialization for their awfulness. The book is an amusing read and Page maintains a good sense of humor in his dog-work. He chooses to describe and cite selectively, rather than undertake the unappealing job of straight anthologizing. This is a humorous guide through the sewers of English and American literature, with the odd non-anglophone tossed in for multiculturalism. \"
\"In less than two months, 12-year-old Christopher Williams plans to read 30 books. By September, he\'s expected to read 120 books. What\'s he trying to prove? Is he looking to set a record? Does he want to become a scholastic jock?
Actually, Christopher loves to read. And that passion has led him to become one of the first two youths in the state of Connecticut to serve on the Nutmeg Children\'s Book Award selection committee. The selection committee\'s job is to narrow the initial list of 120 books to 10. The committee chair said she feels that \'it\'s a great thing to include kids\' opinions, rather than having a bunch of adults sitting around deciding what kids should read.\'\" More
For The Guardian, Donald MacLeod writes...
\"An acclaimed biography of Hitler and an account of the medieval English \"empire\" shared the first British Academy book prize, announced yesterday.
The judges said both Ian Kershaw\'s second volume on the Nazi leader, Hitler: 1936-1945, Nemesis, and The First English Empire: Power and Identities in the British Isles 1093-1343, by Rees Davies, fully deserved the prize as works of impeccable scholarship which were accessible to the general public.\" More
Bob Cox passed along this Times UK Story on \"of the most fascinating works of research in a century\".
The most distinguished angling historian writing in Britain has delivered, in two collectors’ editions, a book of essays and an investigation into the authorship of the first work on angling ever printed in English. They say is an utterly fascinating book, crammed with information and insights, as likely to be of as much interest to students of early literature at large as it will be to anglers.
\"In a period of accelerated change, people may be looking back, at a subconscious level, to stories about inventions that were a lot less complicated,\" says Arthur B. Evans, an editor of the journal Science Fiction Studies
USA Today is carrying a piece in which the author compares the Taliban to groups of parents in the US. He criticizes parents who attempt to ban books from libraries and schools, based on their content, because he feels that their actions attempt to undermine independent thinking. More
Michael Owen Brown writes...
\"Political correctness has led to ethnic cleansing in the Enchanted Wood. In new Australian editions of Enid Blyton\'s famous children\'s books, golliwogs no longer inhabit the world of The Magic Faraway Tree.
They have been replaced by teddy bears, with computer art programs used to change the faces from the original illustrations. Another famous Blyton character, Dame Slap, has had to curb her penchant for violence against children.
She is now known as Dame Snap and administers discipline with caustic comments rather than corporal punishment. The changes were forced upon Australian publisher Hinkler Books by Chorion Intellectual Property, owner of the rights to Blyton\'s works since 1996.\" More from The Advertiser.