Smithsonian has an interview with Edward Brooke-Hitching on “literary curiosities” and his book, The Madman’s Library: The Strangest Books, Manuscripts and Other Literary Curiosities From History. “You realize everyone has their own form of curiosities, and that as a species, we’ve always been incredibly strange and weird, but […]
Friend of the Gutter Matt Finch talks with SOAS University of London librarian Ludi Price about “the way fans collect, share, and organise information about their fandoms.” “This 1-hour discussion with Dr. Ludi Price explores what information professionals can learn from the ways in which information is managed […]
Amsterdam’s Ritman Library has put over 1,600 occult and alchemical books online as part of their “Hermetically Open” project. (via Open Culture).
Neely Tucker writes about Negro Romance, a 1950s American romance comic focused on Black characters, for the Library of Congress blog. “It was startling and rare for its positive depiction of African Americans in the era, particularly in its portrayals of young black women as romantic heroines. But […]
Paul Karasik writes about a painting Charles Addams painted for a beachside hotel bar, which ended up in a university library. “In 1952, Charles Addams, at the height of his skills as a cartoonist, painted a lush, monochromatic mural on canvas for a bar at the Dune Deck, […]
Nick Kapur has shared a series of pages from a Japanese illustrated history of America made in 1861, Osanaetoki Bankokubanashi by writer Kanagaki Robun and artist Utagawa Yoshitora. There are so many wonders. You should definitely click through. See the whole thing at the Waseda University Library site.