Nicholas Basbanes

Nobody has ever confused me with being a latter-day incarnation of Don Quixote, but whenever I think back to how A Gentle Madness came into being twenty-five years ago this summer, I have to smile at the pure innocence of it all, though perhaps naivete is the better word. Setting out as I did in my mid-40s on a mission to do something I firmly believed nobody had done before in the


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A couple of days ago, I received a number of questions from Gregory McNamee, a freelance writer who does book-related features for Britannica Online, for a piece he is doing about my forthcoming book from Knopf, On Paper. One of his queries--and he assures me he doesn't mind my using it in this context for
Has it really been ten years since Nicholson Baker shook up the cozy world inhabited by librarians and conservators with publication of Double Fold, his National Book Critics Circle Award-winning examination of the way materials on paper--most notably newspapers--were being displaced by surrogate copies in other, more easily stored media? Not only has it been a decade since Baker made
I have decided to start the new year off with a few books that came to my attention a bit too late to make my holiday roundups, but which are eminently worthy of notice all the same. Think of each one as a little present for yourself; you won't be disappointed.