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Monthly Archives: January 2009

“Our high respect for a well-read man is praise enough of literature”

John DeNardo of the insanely informative and up-to-date SF Signal has run with an entertaining meme that originated at the Guardian. The gist of which involves a list of 124 works of science fiction and fantasy, which apparently must be read by all. I love book lists and I love checking them off. I have […]

“While the chimes of the clock yet rang…the giddiest grew pale”

 I have missed commenting on the actual 200th anniversary of Edgar Allan Poe ’s birth by one day, but I felt I had to at least mark the week in which festivities are occurring. Today, I read this wonderful Poe reminiscence by horror and fantasy writer Cherie Priest. Her vivid (and frankly personal) account of […]

“If suffering brings wisdom, I would wish to be less wise”

As a gentle poke in the eye to all of the bad news we are currently bombarded with regarding the global economic meltdown—and in the spirit of entering the new year on a positive note—I present this charming defense of used book buying and selling by Guardian Book blogger Ben Myers. There are very few […]