Peculiar Index Cross-References

The index section of William Hawkins’ Treatise of Pleas of the Crown, a treatise on England’s criminal law published in 1716, contains some quaint and amusing cross-references: Assault, see Son. Chastity, see Homicide. Convicts, see Clergy. Death, see Appeal. King, see Treason. Shop, see Burglary. Sickness, see Bail.   Advertisements

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The Ironic Tale of Censoring a Book About Censorship (Fahrenheit 451)

Daniel Radosh, a senior writer of Daily Show, related on his Twitter account in 2016 that his son’s school required parents to sign a permission slip before their children could be allowed to read Ray Bradbury’s Farenheit 451: tfw your kid's school makes you sign a permission slip so he can read Fahrenheit 451 📚 […]

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Benjamin Franklin’s Epitaph and Its Potential Inspiration

Benjamin Franklin The following is the epitaph of Benjamin Franklin. It was written by himself several years before his death on April 17, 1790: THE BODY OF BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, PRINTER, (LIKE THE COVER OF AN OLD BOOK, ITS CONTENTS TORN OUT, AND STRIPT OF ITS LETTERING AND GILDING,) LIES HERE, FOOD FOR WORMS; YET THE […]

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Gleanings from the Past #74

A Broken Leg and Some Books (1874) H. G. Wells My leg was broken for me when I was between seven and eight. Probably I am alive to-day and writing this autobiography instead of being a worn-out, dismissed and already dead shop assistant, because my leg was broken. The agent of good fortune was “young […]

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Quotable #74: Collecting

“Is this not the collector’s exquisite pleasure, that his desire should know no bounds, should reach out into the infinite, should never know full possession which disappoints by its very completeness. O what joy to be able to postpone the fulfillment of desire to infinity!” — Georges Rodenbach, The Bells of Bruges, 1897 “Sometimes, looking […]

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Gleanings from the Past #71

Keynes on Newton I believe that the clue to his mind is to be found in his unusual powers of continuous concentrated introspection. A case can be made out, as it also can with Descartes, for regarding him as an accomplished experimentalist. Nothing can be more charming than the tales of his mechanical contrivances when […]

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The Book That Has It All

One Sunday morning, Mark Twain was listening to a preacher who was giving a dramatic and well thought out sermon. Twain recognized the skill of the preacher though he was bothered by the preacher’s supercilious attitude. So, he decided to take the preacher down a few pegs. As you may be aware, Twain was an […]

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Quotable #67: Book Borrowers

“He who lends a book is an idiot. He who returns the book is more of an idiot.” — Arab Proverb “I can lend you my money not my books.” — Amit Kalantri “Never lend books, for no one ever returns them; the only books I have in my library are books that other folks […]

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Pun Of The Weak: Procrastination

In the Self-Help Section of a bookstore: Customer: Do you have books about procrastination? Clerk: I’m sorry sir, but we haven’t gotten around to ordering them yet.

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The Entire Corpus of T. S. Eliot

In 1948, when T. S. Eliot was heading to Stockholm, Sweden to receive the Nobel Prize, an American reporter asked which of his books did they award the Nobel Prize for. “I believe it’s given for the entire corpus,” Eliot replied. “And when did you publish that?” the reporter said. “It really might make a […]

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