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Friday Field Notes 120613

gutenberg bible

{The Gutenberg Bible, 1455, accessible via Bodleian Libraries}

There’s something about illuminated texts that makes me giddy. Needless to say, I tend to get stuck on the first bookish item of note. So talk amongst yourselves. I’m a little verklempt . .

If you are a lover of research and ancient text, brace yourself–some exciting news is afoot. According to the Polonsky Foundation Digitization Project:

The Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford and the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican Library) have joined efforts in a landmark digitization project with the aim of opening up their repositories of ancient texts. Over the course of the next four years, 1.5 million pages from their remarkable collections will be made freely available online to researchers and to the general public.

We said goodbye to Egypt’s ‘poet of the people,’ Ahmed Fouad Negm. He was 84.

Norway is determined to digitalize every Norwegian book. And we do mean, every . . .

James McBride talks shop.

Ian Rankin offers hope to the writing masses: ‘It took 14 years for my writing to pay.’

Manil Suri won the 21st annual Literary Review Bad Sex in Fiction Award, for The City of Devi. That’s gotta be a low point. Or so we hope.

To expunge the thought from your mind, looking for seriously great writing from 2013? NPR’s Book Concierge can help with that . . .


  1. I really do love that NPR Book Concierge

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