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The Man With 59,000 Books -- In His House

Keith Thomson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Keith Thomson

As an unwanted fourteenth child on a remote North Dakota farm, Lawrence L. Thomas found an escape in books. After earning a Ph.D. at Berkeley, he became a professor of Slavic languages. Following his wife's death, he devoted himself to books -- in unprecedented fashion.

Ray Bradbury's Favorite Bookshop

Steven Paul Leiva | Posted 07.16.2013 | Books
Steven Paul Leiva

When a great American author recommends a bookstore to you, you would be well-advised to listen. When he does it with enthusiasm and passion, which was the only way Ray Bradbury ever did anything, you would be well-advised not just to listen, but to take note.

Behind the Scenes With Art Collector Candace Jordan

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

I usually interview artists on Fear No ART Chicago. However, art collectors, in addition to artists, make it possible for the arts to thrive.

S.J. Perelman, Humorist, Cardiology a Specialty

Stephen J. Gertz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Stephen J. Gertz

So, you wake up at 12:20 AM in a sweat, dizzy, pressure in your chest. You've been here before, twenty-one years ago, when you were thirty-eight: you ...

Ellis Gene Smith Dead: Tibetan Book Collector Dies At 74

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

NEW YORK — Ellis Gene Smith, the son of a Mormon family from Ogden, Utah, who is believed to have compiled the largest collection of Tibetan boo...

Are Comic Book Investments Recession Proof?

Wall Street Journal | KATHERINE BINDLEY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

"When the recession hit, the market took off," said Stephen Fishler, chief executive officer of ComicConnect, the online marketplace that will offer t...

Can You Have Too Many Books?

Forbes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

De-cluttering it seems (with or without Feng Shui) can be a process of letting go of things that have been holding you back or distracting you from yo...

The Book-Collecting Bug: Reaching For That First-Edition High

The Wall Street Journal | RALPH GARDNER JR. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

If I took the same interest in controlled substances that I do in books, I'd probably be in some 12-step program. Fortunately, while books are habit-f...

Haiti Rare Book Collection Is Largest In The World

Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Stephen J. Gertz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

In 1983, Robert Corbett, a philosophy professor at Webster University, and his wife, Jane, visited Haiti for the first time to do service work. By 200...

Coping With Book Guilt in London

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
David Finkle

I love books, but they foment torrents of guilt in me. I feel guilty about: the amount of money spent on them; the space they take up; the ones that rest unread while more come in as competition.

All Literature is Gossip

Daniel Krotz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Daniel Krotz

The modern world does not wear its heart on its sleeve," John said, to no one in particular, apropos of nothing. He sipped a cup of coffee and stared off into space. "It wears it up its sleeve like a card shark."

On The Collecting of Books

Daniel Krotz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Daniel Krotz

The single piece of advice I give to a prospective collector is that if a book makes you cry, collect it. I suppose that's why I own nine copies of The Sun Also Rises.

Scanning the Latest Blog Posts, 233 Years Ago

Louise Mirrer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Louise Mirrer

The American Revolution had its own bloggers. They were called pamphleteers and their opinions were pointed, their language was colorful, and their sense of urgency was compelling.