The Time Hunter S. Thompson Wrote William Faulkner a Letter

On January 20, 2016, I published this post on Book Riot.

The Time Hunter S. Thompson Wrote William Faulkner a Letter

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Hunter S. Thompson, inventor of gonzo journalism, was an admirer of William Faulkner. In fact, when asked to define the term “gonzo journalism,” he did so by referring to the Mississippi author. Gonzo, according to Thompson, “is a style of ‘reporting’ based on William Faulkner’s idea that the best fiction is far more true than any kind of journalism.”

In 1959, seven years before the publication of his breakthrough book Hells Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs, Thompson sat down and wrote Faulkner a letter. The letter displays the beginnings of…

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In the words of my friend, the Australian, I shall return.

 

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10 Things You Should Know about the Book of Kells

On November 5, 2015, I published the following post on Book Riot.

10 Things You Should Know about the Book of Kells

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Arguably the most famous artifact on display in Dublin is the Book of Kells at Trinity College. You simply can’t travel to the capital of Ireland without the Book of Kells being mentioned. And rightfully so. Together with the Gospels of Lindisfarne and the Book of Durrow, I would say that the Book of Kells is one of the greatest contributions to medieval art ever to come out of the British Isles.

Here are ten things you should know about the Book of Kells.

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In the words of my friend, the Australian, I shall return.

10 Things You Should Know about the Lindisfarne Gospels

On February 3, 2016, I published the following post on Book Riot.

10 Things You Should Know about the Lindisfarne Gospels.

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The time period between the years 500 and 900 is sometimes referred to as the Dark Ages. The idea behind this name is that after the collapse of the Roman Empire in Europe, people were left to fend for themselves in an unsophisticated and savage society.

This view is, however, inaccurate. Rather, the period referred to as the Dark Ages was a period of cross-cultural encounters which gave rise to incredible works of art, the finest of which were created in monasteries at remote locations in the British Isles.

One of the most astounding works of art from this period is the Lindisfarne Gospels, created at the Lindisfarne Priory off the coast of Northumbria, northeast England. Predating the Book of Kells by nearly a century, the Lindisfarne Gospels is an illuminated manuscript the likes of which are rarely seen.

Here are ten things you should know about the Lindisfarne Gospels.

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In the words of my friend, the Australian, I shall return.

My Complicated Relationship to the Dust Jacket

On November 18, 2015, I published this post on Book Riot.

My Complicated Relationship to the Dust Jacket.

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When you pick up a book, the first thing that greets you is the cover. Often the cover consists of a detachable piece of paper wrapped around the front and back using folded flaps. This detachable piece of paper is called the dust jacket.

I have a complicated relationship to the dust jacket. Most of the time I just want to do away with it. In other words, most of the time I prefer my books as the bookbinder created them —naked.

There are several reasons why dust jackets bother me.

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In the words of my friend, the Australian, I shall return.

Quirky History: The Hatpin as a Lady’s Weapon of Choice

On January 28, 2016, I published this post on Quirk Books.

Quirky History: The Hatpin as a Lady’s Weapon of Choice

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And you thought all this Pride and Prejudice and Zombies lady-fighter talk was just fiction. Hatpins were originally designed to be used in pairs to fasten a woman’s hat to her hair. But in the hands of a damsel in distress, a hatpin might just be the deadliest fashion accessory in history.

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In the words of my friend, the Australian, I shall return.