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How to Tell When You’re Over-Propped

How many of the things in your home are props? How about your car or your office? Props in this case mean things that are put there for style or to make a statement, but are really never used for anything else. Kurt Andersen, who wrote for an architectural magazine in the 1980s, noticed the [...]

At the Libraries: Helena Bonham Carter as a Librarian

Each week Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors, and books. If there’s something noteworthy going on in your local library, leave us a comment! If you like weird, our April Blog of the Month is for you: Forgotten Bookmarks is a collection of, well, bookmarks that have been forgotten, then [...]

Happy Ours

In the 1920s, Happy Hour happened on board a ship. It was the hour when boxing and wrestling mathces took place – an hour to unwind and cut loose from the day’s regular activities. Boy have we come a long way since then! I was recently up in Portland, OR, where Happy Hour can be [...]

Not Your Momma’s Cookbooks (Part 3)

For someone who doesn’t like to cook (and who rarely cooks), I sure own a lot of cookbooks; I love seeing all the different foods that can be made. In my ventures through the cookbook aisles, I’ve noticed some with less-than-typical main ingredients, cooking methods, and themes. This weekend, I’m sharing with you a sampling [...]

At the Libraries: Literary Tattoos

Every Wednesday, Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors, and books. If there’s something fun going on in your local library, leave us a comment! One of my favorite library blogs wrote about an amazing coffee table book coming out soon: Literary Tattoos from Bookworms Worldwide. The name alone gives me [...]

Amazing Recipe Photography

Food photography, particularly when seen in cookbooks, tends to be so boring. So when Ikea decided to create a cookbook that also served as a coffee table book, they reached out to photographer Carl Kleiner to help make the food images stand out from the other cookbooks of the world. The result, seen in Hembakat [...]