Recently, I’ve been getting more into graphic novels and manga (especially ‘gekiga’). Three new titles I recommend (two of which were just released this week) are the following: The Book of Human Insects by Osamu Tezuka, the godfather of Japanese manga – this is one of his more adult tales – for some reason it’s … Continue reading
Tree of Codes by Jonathan Safran Foer – Public Reactions from Visual Editions on Vimeo. This is a video of people on the street’s reactions to Foer’s special die-cut book wherein a new story was ‘exhumed’ out of Bruno Schulz’s famous The Street of Crocodiles. Quite a fascinating and unique work of art (although you … Continue reading
FINE BOOKS REVIEW Is the Book History? A revised edition of David Pearson’s exceptional book By Rebecca Rego Barry COURTESY OF OAK KNOLL. Books as History By David Pearson The British Library & Oak Knoll Press 208 pages paperbound extensive color illustrations $29.95 “What do books offer us, beyond words, and how do their physical formats … Continue reading
For anyone who’s curious what I personally enjoy reading, I give you a list of all the books that I’ve read–finished–since coming back to Canada from Korea (where I lived for 3 years!) last November, in alphabetical order by title: The 14th Dalai Lama: A Manga Biography, by Tetsu Sawai (comic; 3 stars out of … Continue reading
On Friday night, I was back home in the UK when the news broke that the News of the World was being shut down because of the phone hacking scandal. It was a huge story. This newspaper has been around since 1843. It sold millions of copies each Sunday and had a huge influence on [...]
Whoops! The folks at the stunningly beautiful Spanish cathedral in Santiago de Compostela have lost a priceless 12th century manuscript called Codex Calixtinus. Last week, the rare document was stolen from the cathedral’s safe. The thief didn’t have to work to hard for his or her crime as they had the keys to the safe [...]
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Autumn is the time for big books to emerge. We recommend 13 new titles, from Stephen King and Neal Stephenson’s latest to an impressive crop of debut novels.