Hear Anaïs Nin Read From Her Celebrated Diary: A 60-Minute Vintage Recording (1966)

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At one time, writer Anaïs Nin’s reputation largely rested on her passionate, long-term love affair with novelist Henry Miller, whom she also financially supported while he wrote his best-known novels and became, writes Sady Doyle, a “darling of the avant-garde.

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100,000 Free Art History Texts Now Available Online Thanks to the Getty Research Portal

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“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library,” Jorge Luis Borges famously wrote. Were he alive today, he might well regard the internet as becoming more paradisiacal all the time, at least in the sense that it keeps not just generating new texts, but absorbing existing ones and making them available free to readers.

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Free: Download 5.3 Million Images from Books Published Over Last 500 Years

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Back in 2014, we brought to your attention an image archive rivaling the largest of its kind on the web: the Internet Archive Book Images collection at Flickr. There, you’ll find millions of “public domain images, all extracted from books, magazines and newspapers published over a 500 year period.

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The British Library Digitizes 300 Literary Treasures from 20th Century Authors: Virginia Woolf, T.S. Eliot, James Joyce & More

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As a young college student, I spent hours wandering through my university’s library, looking in a state of awe at the number of books contained therein by writers whose names I knew or who seemed vaguely familiar, and by hundreds, thousands, more I’d never heard of.

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Stephen King’s The Shining Is Now an Opera, and The Tickets Are All Sold Out

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As a story, The Shining certainly passes the test of adaptability: we’ve featured not just the annotated copy of Stephen King’s original novel that Stanley Kubrick used to make his well-known film adaptation, but its Simpsons parody, its reimagined feel-good Hollywood trailer, its remake in miniature as a long-form Aesop Rock music video

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5 Books Bill Gates Wants You to Read This Summer

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Bill Gates — Microsoft CEO turned philanthropist and lifelong learner—has just recommended five books to put on your summer reading list. If you’re looking for a light beach read, you’ve come to the wrong place.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates’ List of 13 Recommended Books

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Ta-Nehisi Coates has been riding a wave so high these past few years that most honest writers would confess to at least some small degree of envy. And yet anyone—writer or reader—who appreciates Coates’ rigorous scholarship, stylistic mastery, and enthralling personal voice must also admit that the accolades are well-earned.

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Ursula K. Le Guin Names the Books She Likes and Wants You to Read

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I’m sure I speak for many when I say that Ursula K. Le Guin’s novels and stories changed what I thought science fiction could be and do. Raised on H.G.

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7 Tips for Reading More Books in a Year

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On Twitter, Austin Kleon, author of Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative has served up 7 tips for achieving the seemingly impossible–getting more books read in this age of constant distraction.

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Walter Benjamin Jots in His Notebook Every Book He’s Read Since He Was 18

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If you’re in Berlin, stop by the Galerie Max Hetzler, which is currently staging an exhibition where the Jewish mystic philosopher Walter Benjamin plays a prominent role.

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