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Birthday greetings to Brian De Palma, born September 11, 1940, in Newark, NJ. I assume he’s best known for the crime thrillers …

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“…and the things that were to come are too fantastic not to tell.” Happy 60th anniversary to Kerouac’s On the Road, released …

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August 28, 1978: John Huston, 81, dies of pneumonia linked to a variety of heart and lung ailments associated with heavy smoking. …

The Nazis in your library

Charlottesville Public Library. Wikimedia Commons. Let me tell you about Walter. You know, the 68-year-old retiree that volunteers at your library. The …

When Teachers Forget How to Listen

With the new American school year either poised to open or already entering its fifth or sixth day (depending on local practices), …

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Happy birthday to Ray Bradbury, born August 22, 1920, in Waukegan, Illinois. As a writer he could do everything, and he understood …

Expressions, Impressions

Just as authored, edited, and mass producted books comprise only one segment of the to-be-read universe, audiobooks are not alone in what …

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Happy birthday to Alfred Hitchcock, born August 13, 1899, in London. His films are still so much fun to watch. August 15, …

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August 7, 1934: The U.S. Court of Appeals upholds the lower court’s ruling that James Joyce’s novel Ulysses is art, not pornography, …

Laughing to Learn

Humor is a powerful force that can be put to work in advancing understanding. Whether it’s the witty raconteur of a math …

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July 29, 1954: “…that mad Baggins is off again” with Allen and Unwin’s publication of The Fellowship of the Ring. Hello Sam …

The Natural Listening Literacy Diet

Mark Schatzker’s popular science book, The Dorito Effect (audiobook edition read by Chris Patton for Dreamscape Media, 2015) delves into the industrial …

Book of the week: Swarm (Guy Garcia)

In an effort to draw attention to quality self-published literature and in agreement with BlueInk Review, NSR highlights reviews published on BIR’s …

Oral History, Aural Culture

Audiobooks offer access to the distant history of human artistic expression through technology, an ironic fact that flies in the face of …

Able Listening

Literature from every age has reflected fact and fantasy about a variety of human conditions named, in contemporary terms, disabilities. Chief among …

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July 2, 1961: In the early morning hours, Ernest Hemingway, physically, mentally, and emotionally ravaged and knowing he is finished as an …

Audio Drama for Education

Among real (physically present) experiences fewer and fewer children and youth meet in either entertainment or educational milieux is the live theatrical …

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June 26, 1997: Bloomsbury releases Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in the UK. Game changer for sure. Happy 20th anniversary, Harry. …

Narrating from Personal Experience

Good audiobook narrators are trained actors who have developed deep skills in voice and breath management. In many cases, they, along with …

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June 11, 1979: John Wayne, 72, succumbs to stomach cancer. How could John Wayne die? “The fuckin’ Indians got him.”—Lefty Ruggiero, Donnie …

Voices for Canada

Canada, in spite of its southern neighbor’s too frequent assumptions, is not a cultural outpost of US art, literary, and literacy practices. …

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Remembering the great Ray Bradbury, who passed June 5, 2012. Five years gone. Visited Ray’s grave in Los Angeles last summer. Happy …

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May 30, 1593: Christopher Marlowe is killed in a tavern fight over the bill. Despite that official coroner’s record, the facts surrounding …

The Audies Turn 21

Last week the 21st year of Audie Award celebrations took place, an occasion in which the audiobook industry recognizes the best and …

Indie Author Day 2016

In last week’s article, The Rise of the Indie Author in Libraries, we looked at the indie author phenomenon and why it …

Reviewing in the Audio Literacy Ecosystem

How Review Resources Limit Awareness While popularly quoted statistics point to the burgeoning of both audiobook production and audiobook audience size, trying …

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Happy 158th birthday to the great Arthur Conan Doyle, doctor, author, spiritualist, and inadvertent father of forensic science, born in Edinburgh, Scotland, …

NEXT NYC MEETING: June 13, 2017

The next NYC radical reference meeting will take place on: Tuesday, June 13, 2017, 6:30-8:30 PMCenter for Jewish History (15 W 16th …

Literacy Happens When….

Dated Fiction Meets Ironic Narration Back in the mid-1960’s, a magazine writer who had some working experience in law enforcement, some living …

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Happy birthday to Henry Fonda, born in Grand Island, Nebraska, May 16, 1905. His mother, Elma, was friends with Dorothy Brando, mother …

When Kids Listen Again and Again

Anyone who has shared books with a child aged between two and four has probably experienced the “read it again” syndrome. You …

Own Voices

We Need Diverse Books (#WNBD) has gained energy and publisher awareness since its launch in 2014. The proportion of published kids’ books …

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May 1, 1941: Amidst a war with newspaper emperor William Randolph Hearst, RKO releases Citizen Kane. News on the March. Happy birthday …

NEXT NYC MEETING: May 4, 2017

The next NYC radical reference meeting will take place on: May 4, 2017, 6:30-8:30 PM Center for Jewish History (15 W 16th …

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Happy 99th birthday to William Holden, born—YIKES!—Billy Beedle, Jr., in O’Fallon, Illinois, April 17, 1918. With his hard face and I-don’t-give-a-damn attitude, …

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Happy birthday to Ward Bond, born in Benkelman, Nebraska, April 9, 1903. One of the great character actors and a pillar of …

Speeding kills

Ten days ago Quartz published a piece associating America’s “unhealthy obsession with productivity” with the rise in audiobook publishing and market popularity. …

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Birthday greetings to Sir Alec Guinness, born in London’s Paddington vicinity, April 2, 1914. I like him best in the David Lean …

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March 26, 1959: Raymond Chandler goes for the big sleep, dying at age 70. He didn’t invent the hardboiled PI, but nobody …

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March 19, 1962: With the release of his eponymously named first album, the world meets Bob Dylan. Happy 48th anniversary to John …

No Shelf Required is now on Facebook

Dear NSR readers, As our readership grows and our columnists’ views expand beyond libraries and beyond the confines of the book industry, …

NEXT NYC MEETING: March 21, 2017

The next radical reference meeting will take place on: March 21, 2017, 6:30-8:30 PM Center for Jewish History (15 W 16th St, …

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Happy 101st birthday to Lou Costello, born Louis Francis Cristillo, March 6, 1906, in Patterson, NJ. He’s a hard guy to get …

The Freedom to Read–and Listen

Our culture seems to grow increasingly attentive to monitoring youthful family members’ personal lives—baby monitors set to eavesdrop on the napping 4-year-old …

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Happy 85th birthday to Johnny Cash, born into a farming family in Kingsland, Arkansas, February 26, 1932. Before finding success, Cash held …

More ebook choices for OASIS users

ProQuest has just announced it has joined forces with De Gruyter to make De Gruyter’s 26,000 ebooks (from over 15 international imprints) …