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The Smell of a New Book: Lost to Progress?

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Print is dead. We've been warned about this for years. I can trace back my anxiety over the impending death of paper books to at least 2007, when I drafted this master plan to my friend Vincenzo (sent via email, ironically enough):   There must be some way to ensure preservation of the printed word . As far as I can tell, sense of smell is one of the...

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Sowing a Cover

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Slipping singly from my fingers, lettuce seeds drop like punctuation marks, organic ellipses marking the start of a new season of cultivation. Onion sets, diminutive bulbs the shape of Russian domes, stand to attention before being buried alive, later to emerge as vibrant, blue-green blades. On a neighbouring farm, in a hot-house fired by a wood-burning stove, under the watchful eyes of the farmers' children, cheddar and purple...

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On Buying Books at Airports

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I just came back from a short vacation to Jacksonville, Florida. Or JAX, for short. I was visiting family and touring the Floridian countryside, seeing firsthand how hot and dry it is. Draught is a serious problem for the southern U. S. right now. My sister told me that in June and July there were over 300 fires burning in Florida, including a fire in...

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TEC’s Take on Literary Journals & Magazines

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In early June, Michael Redhill announced his departure from Brick. After over 10 years of editorial involvement with the literary magazine, #87—which is already on newsstands—is Michael’s last issue as the proprietor and publisher. This news left me feeling a bit sad but also hopeful. The sadness comes from the sentiment that Michael’s exit marks the end of an era. Under his direction, Brick has built up a...

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TEC's Take on e-Book News

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We like to keep up to date on all the innovations and debates constantly swirling around our community. E-Books and e-Book technologies have been at the forefront of literary news lately, and we have our own two cents to add. The bookless library: A great idea, or one big digital headache? Stanford University has announced a massive re-visioning of the school’s Physics and Engineering libraries — they are going paperless....

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