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Project Gutenberg Founder Made eBooks As Free As The Air

Michael Hart, inventor of the ebook and founder of Project Gutenberg, has died at age 64. His vision of freely accessible digital texts curated on the Internet, in the public domain, has had a defining influence on my life as a blind reader. Continue reading

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Swede Talk, Sweet Talk: the Summer of Stieg Larsson

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Robert Maplethorpe鈥檚 Iconic Image of Patti Smith

Patti Smith receives the National Book Award tonight for Just Kids, the memoir of her friendship with photographer Robert Maplethorpe. He took the photo of Smith on the cover of Horses, the debut album that made her the Queen of Punk in 1975. She told the story of how this iconic image was made in an interview on NPR鈥檚 Fresh Air Continue reading

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Billy Collins on Richard Brautigan: 鈥淎n American Brand of Surrealism鈥

Poet Billy Collins has written an introduction for a new edition of Richard Brautigan鈥檚 Trout Fishing in America, a 1960s bestseller that ranked with Steppenwolf and The Hobbit in every hippie鈥檚 paperback library. The book cover photo of a mustachioed … Continue reading

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Just Kids: Patti Smith Remembers Robert Mapplethorpe

Patti Smith met Robert Mapplethorpe on her first day in New York City in the summer of1967. They were both kids from stern religious backgrounds who yearned to be artists. Smith tells the story of their relationship in a new … Continue reading

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