Books

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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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Post image for Robert Moses’s Two-Faced Legacy Gets the Comic Book Treatment

Robert Moses was never elected to a major office in New York City, but he completely altered the topography of the metropolis through three decades of construction projects.

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Post image for 8,000 Books and Manuscripts Lost After ISIS Bombs Mosul Library

On Sunday night, more than 8,000 books and manuscripts were destroyed after ISIS militants bombed Mosul’s Central Library.

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Post image for Endless Enemies: Photographing Military Training Targets around the World

A 30-year-old memory of a metal figure riddled with bullet holes, standing in the furrows of a German field, finally persuaded photographer Herlinde Koelbl to investigate what military training targets look like around the world.

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Post image for A Portal to Unite the Smithsonian Libraries Artists’ Books Collection

This month the Smithsonian Libraries Artists’ Books Collection launched an online platform that unifies artists’ books from across several Smithsonian collections.

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In Brief

A Book that Judges You by Your Cover

by Becca Rothfeld on February 3, 2015

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We’re used to judging books by their covers — but perhaps we’d think twice about our premature judgments if books judged us back.

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Post image for Letters of Woe and Curses Returned with Stolen Pieces of the Petrified Forest

The fossilized remains of an ancient forest, dazzling with glints of opal and amethyst, have tempted many a visitor to Arizona’s Petrified Forest National Park.

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