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READING THE STARS: The Whitman Authorized Editions of the 1940s | Now See Hear! | Library of Congress

By Cary O’Dell, July 20, 2022

–from article

Today, movie stars are easily accessible to us: on TV, by way of streaming services and, of course, via the internet, usually even via that star’s very own Twitter and Instagram.

In fact, celebrities—of every conceivable stripe–are so omnipresent that it seems hard to imagine, or remember, a time when even our most famous film stars were as unattainable to us as the stars in the night sky.

But think of it: if not at the actual movie theater or, occasionally, appearing as themselves on radio broadcasts, how did fans learn about or “interact” with their favorite cinema personality?

This remoteness—and the hunger it generated—helped create the fan-magazine phenomenon that, for decades, put on the neighborhood newsstands an endless array of publications like “Photoplay” and “Modern Screen.”

And though these ‘zines were an important part of the film industry and fan experience, sometimes, to some true devotees, even they were not enough. Hence, in the early 1940s, Whitman Publishing Company of Racine, Wisconsin, struck upon a new and innovative way of satisfying the desires of film fans—or at least the young and female ones—to know and even spend more time with their favorite film star.

Source: READING THE STARS: The Whitman Authorized Editions of the 1940s | Now See Hear!

Blog #4 | Jack McDevitt | Science Fiction

Writing workshops have always been fun. They allow me to spend time with people who would lo

Source: Blog #4 | Jack McDevitt | Science Fiction

How Books Designed for Soldiers’ Pockets Changed Publishing Forever – Atlas Obscura

A biography of George Gershwin, in ASE format. Library of Congress
A biography of George Gershwin, in ASE format. Library of Congress

Prior to WWII, Americans didn’t think much of softcover books.
Source: How Books Designed for Soldiers’ Pockets Changed Publishing Forever – Atlas Obscura

New York Public Library launches imprint to publish books inspired by its collections | Books | The Guardian

Excellent effort, no reason libraries cannot be publishers.. even local smaller libraries can do it, self-publish, etc.

Seeing the Lions at NYPL (Patience and Fortitude –not sure which is in the photo below) never fails to uplift my heart and soul, and if you’d like to know more about them, check out here:
The Library Lions


From colouring and picture books for children to work by adult authors including Maira Kalman, new project will celebrate the library’s role in the life of the city

Source: New York Public Library launches imprint to publish books inspired by its collections | Books | The Guardian

MH Abrams, Norton anthology founder, influential critic, dead at age 102 | Books | The Guardian

MH Abrams, an esteemed critic and teacher who helped shape the modern literary canon as founding editor of the Norton Anthology of English Literature and joined the elite himself by writing one of the 20th century’s most acclaimed works of criticism, has died. He was 102.

Abrams’ death was confirmed on Wednesday by the president of Cornell University, David J Skorton, who declined to give

The cover of the eighth edition
The cover of the eighth edition (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

details. According to the website of the Ithaca university, where he was a longtime member of the English department, Abrams died on Tuesday at the retirement community Kendal at Ithaca. No cause of death was given.

via MH Abrams, Norton anthology founder, influential critic, dead at age 102 | Books | The Guardian.