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In Case of Apocalypse, Break Into Library

While (as I’ve already said) there is no apparent rhyme or reason to the books in the Wood’s House collection, there are some popular genres and themes (broadly construed): historical fiction, outdated textbooks, and a wide variety of reference works. Among … Continue reading

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Summer (Now Autumn) Project, Part 6: Annotations and Inscriptions

I write in my books. Not in all of them — fiction is generally safe from my pen — but in many of them. I mark things, note things, comment on things, scribble around things, and generally make a mess. … Continue reading

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Summer Project, Part 5: In Which One Feels Slightly Cheated

Today’s find in the ongoing collection management project deserves a slow reveal.

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Summer Project, Part 4: What’s In A Name?

Today, as I went about my weeding, I discovered My New Favorite Name. Friends, I give you Octavius B. Frothingham (1822-1895), who must have briefly been in the running for The Most Interesting Man In Boston once upon a time. … Continue reading

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Summer Project, Part 3: Gratitude

  It’s fun to find little bits of history in a collection. Today’s find (from a book that will probably be going on the pull cart to be removed from the collection) is a lovely expression of gratitude from students … Continue reading

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Summer Project, Part 2: Q & A

It’s question and answer time here on the ol’ summer collection management project! Our question today comes from an anthology from the 1950s called Readings in Philosophy by John Herman Randall, Jr., which I’ve just removed from the collection: “Dear God,” Janet sincerely asks, “Did … Continue reading

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Omens and Signs and Random Wee Libraries

Every now and then, I wake up from a dream remembering a word, a phrase, an image, or a name. Mostly these things are nonsense, and they are invariably cause for a sort of befuddled amusement (see, for example, the … Continue reading

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