Bruce Springsteen Lists 20 of His Favorite Books: The Books That Have Inspired the Songwriter & Now Memoirist

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Bruce Springsteen turns 67 today. And next week his long-awaited memoir, Born to Run, will finally get into readers’ hands.


The New York Public Library Unveils a Cutting-Edge Train That Delivers Books

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In early October, The New York Public Library will unveil a new book delivery system that features 24 cars, running on 950-feet of vertical and horizontal track, moving millions of books through 11 different levels of the library, at a rate of 75 feet per minute. This new $2.


John Austen’s Haunting Illustrations of Shakespeare’s Hamlet: A Masterpiece of the Aesthetic Movement (1922)

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We’ve popularly come to think of the Victorian era as one in which a prudish, sentimental conservatism ruled with imperial force over the arts and culture. But that broad picture ignores the strong countercurrent of weird eroticism in the work of aesthetes like Dante Rossetti, Oscar Wilde, and Aubrey Beardsley.


400 Ways to Make a Sandwich: A 1909 Cookbook Full of Creative Recipes

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Good news for anyone looking to escape the tired old sardine sandwich rut – The Up-To-Date Sandwich Book: 400 Ways to Make a Sandwich, above, boasts no fewer than ten variations, plus a handful of canapés.


Enter an Archive of 6,000 Historical Children’s Books, All Digitized and Free to Read Online

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We can learn much about how a historical period viewed the abilities of its children by studying its children’s literature.


The 5 Books on President Obama’s 2016 Summer Reading List

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As he kicked off a summer vacation, President Obama released last week a free 39-song playlist for a summer day–essentially a soundtrack for a summer vacation.


Werner Herzog Tells a Book Club Why The Peregrine Is One of His Favorite Books, a 20th-Century Masterpiece

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In the past, we’ve told you about Werner Herzog’s Rogue Film School, which offers an unconventional crash-course in auteurship, teaching students everything from “the art of lock-picking,” to “the creation of one’s own shooting permits,” to the “athletic side of filmmaking.


Book Readers Live Longer Lives, According to New Study from Yale University

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What are the keys to longevity? If you ask Dan Buettner, the author of The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest, he’d list nine key factors.


The Last Bookstore: A Short Documentary on Perseverance & the Love of Books

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It takes some guts to open an independent, bricks-and-mortar bookstore these days. But that’s what Josh Spencer did. He’s the proprietor of “The Last Bookstore,” the playfully-named shop located in downtown Los Angeles.
The short documentary above takes you into Josh’s world. And it tells the story of perseverance.


Get a Free Pocket Edition of the U.S. Constitution (Now #2 on the Amazon Bestseller List)

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Going into the Democratic National Convention, who would have thought that the speech we’d all remember this week would belong to Khazir Khan, the father of a Muslim-American soldier who died fighting for the United States in Iraq? Khan’s rebuke of Donald Trump’s divisive presidential campaign was stinging, and it came capped with these lin


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