A Cabinet of Curiosities: Discover The Public Domain Review’s New Book of Essays

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Many of the regulars to the glorious pages of Open Culture might be familiar with The Public Domain Review project, having been featured on OC a fair few times.


The Complete Ulysses: Alec Baldwin, Garrison Keillor, Bob Odenkirk & Others Read Joyce’s Opus Aloud

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Perhaps you’ve held off on listening to Re:Joyce, Frank Delaney’s line-by-line, episode-by-episode podcast exegesis of James Joyce’s Ulysses, because you want to listen not just to a breakdown of the novel, but to the novel itself.


Download the Complete Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle’s Masterpiece

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I still remember the thrill I felt when I happened upon a set of the complete Sherlock Holmes stories at an antique store. For a mere ten dollars, I acquired handsomely bound, suitably patina-of-age-bearing editions of each and every one of the sleuth of 221B Baker Street’s adventures that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle ever wrote.


28 Important Philosophers List the Books That Influenced Them Most During Their College Days

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The web site Demasiado Aire recently asked “some of the world’s most important philosophers which three books influenced them the most while undergraduate students.” And, from what we can tell, they got a good response.


Springsteen’s Favorite Books & Reading List

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Bruce Springsteen will make his debut as a children’s author next Tuesday, with the release of Outlaw Pete. In advance of that literary event, The New York Times interviewed Springsteen about the books on his reading list and his literary tastes.


Download The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe: Macabre Stories as Free eBooks & Audio Books

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With Halloween fast approaching, let us remind you that few American writers can get you into the existentially chilling spirit of this climatically chilling season than Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849).


Free Download of The History Manifesto: Historians New Call for Big-Picture Thinking

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Briefly noted…
Cambridge University Press has just published a new book called The History Manifesto by Jo Guldi (Assistant Professor, Brown University) and David Armitage (Chair of Harvard’s History Department).


Download the “Great American Comic Sci Fi Novel,” Buddy Holly is Alive and Well on Ganymede

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Back in 1991, Bradley Denton published Buddy Holly is Alive and Well on Ganymede. The next year, it won the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel.


The Chemistry Behind the Smell of Old Books: Explained with a Free Infographic

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What gives old books that ever-so-distinctive smell? Andy Brunning, a chemistry teacher in the UK, gives us all a quick primer with this infographic posted on his web site, Compound Interest. The visual comes accompanied by this textual explanation.


How to Sing Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking

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“Mastering the Art of French Cooking” by Julia Child by The Bushwick Book Club
Though she had no tender feelings for Julie Powell’s Julia/Julie blog, I like to think Julia Child wouldn’t have been entirely displeased by the Bushwick Book Club’s efforts to musicalize Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Child’s two volume la


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