Digest

August 27, 2019
Giant carnivorous cockroaches, demonic children, haunted houses, possessed dolls, killer clowns, Nazi leprechauns, and crabs on the rampage: all these and more lurk beneath the garish covers of a publishing category that flourished from approximately 1967 to 1991.
July 29, 2019
Chuck Roberts, proprietor of Wonder Book, has over six million books under his watch, of which about two and a
June 3, 2019
A landmark anniversary calls for a landmark celebration.
June 3, 2019
Bestiaries, allegorical texts with pages of illuminated animals—some real, like the lion, some mythical, like the griffin—were the bestsellers of their day. Until now, there has been no more comprehensive look at this medieval megahit than Book of Beasts: The Bestiary in the Medieval World at the Getty Center in Los Angeles through August 18. This exhibition brings together for the first time twenty-four of a known sixty-five illuminated Latin bestiaries.
April 26, 2019
An epistolary interview with John Coffer, one of the world’s foremost wet-plate photographers, suddenly comes to a close with: “Well, gotta’ go move some cattle.” The interview is being conducted b
April 26, 2019
On New Year’s Day in 1920, a horse-drawn wagon carrying a typewriter and 175 books pulled up outside of a basement on West 45th Street in Manhattan.
March 1, 2019
Frances Steloff’s famous Manhattan bookshop is the subject of an exhibition at Penn Libraries