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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) …

Free Books Alert: Bookzz

I’m thrilled to share that Ari Sigal has joined the NSR team to draw our attention to free content and free books …