Books

Post image for Historian Cracks a Code and Discovers a Possible Portrait of Shakespeare

“I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,” William Shakespeare wrote in a stanza from A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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Post image for The Iridescent Elegance of Victorian Mother-of-Pearl Book Bindings

For a few years in the 19th century, books bound in covers glistening with mother-of-pearl were a gift-giving sensation.

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Post image for Portraits of Afghani Women Imprisoned for “Moral” Crimes

“The female prison population in Afghanistan overwhelmingly consists of individuals who are serving 5-to-15-year sentences for moral crimes,” Gabriela Maj writes in Almond Garden: Portraits from the Women’s Prisons in Afghanistan, out next month from Daylight Books.

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Post image for The Nomadic Libraries Bringing Books to the Four Corners of the Globe

Arriving by camel in remote areas of Mongolia or on boat along the coast of Norway, contemporary libraries are often mobile, creative, and community-driven, and are adapting rather than fading with the rise of electronic books and decrease in budgets.

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Post image for Photographing the Universal Drama of the School Playground

Even if you don’t remember a lick of elementary school classwork, it’s likely the joys and terrors of the schoolyard linger.

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Post image for Grayson Perry’s Art World 101

Grayson Perry’s Playing to the Gallery is presented as a beginner’s guide to the machinations of the art world, though it also holds a mirror up to the so-called “certainty freaks” — members of the art world who have an axe to grind or are stubbornly set in their beliefs.

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Post image for Inside Andy Warhol’s Book Factory

It’s strange to picture Andy Warhol curled up with a novel, but the eccentric pop artist “lived and breathed” books, according to Warhol by the Book, the first US museum exhibition to explore the literary side of his practice.

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Post image for A Heartbreaking Archive of Missing Pet Posters

Taped around telephone poles and pinned to message boards, the homemade missing pet poster is an enduring form of public communication in an era when just about every other type of transmission is going digital.

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Post image for Five of the World’s Largest Religious Manuscripts, from Devil’s Bible to Buddhist Labyrinth

Marcel Proust may have written a novel over 4,000 pages long, but there are other books out there of goliath proportions not in their length, but their size.

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Post image for Mapping the Mid-Century Murders and Gritty Life of New York

In the gritty, sleepless streets of mid-century New York, Weegee photographed the cars crumpled like accordions, bodies dripping blood encircled by gawkers, and night cops hunched over the latest crime scene.

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