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Stacked: “However, I would still write even if novels were useless.”

A new study suggests that  “after reading literary fiction, as opposed to popular fiction or serious nonfiction, people performed better on tests measuring empathy, social perception and emotional intelligence.” Great news.  Although if you change “write” to “read” in the Louise Erdrich quote that serves as the title of this post, you’d have our attitude […] . . . → Read More: Stacked: “However, I would still write even if novels were useless.”

Stacked: Best William Butler Yeats Joke Ever

+ Fellow Stacked blogger Mel Nezzo rightly suggested we post a link to the following Niehoff Lecturer Bi-Fecta: Robert Pinsky (Niehoff Lecture XIII) on the humor of Seamus Heaney (Niehoff Lecture XXV). Great find, Mel. -Norm De Plume . . . → Read More: Stacked: Best William Butler Yeats Joke Ever

Stacked: Marcella Polini Hazan (1924 – 2013)

The other great lady of cooking died over the weekend at the age of 89.  Between them, Marcella and Julia Child improved the daily lives of Americans in the latter half of the twentieth century as much as air conditioning.  Or craft beer in the twenty-first.  Which might not be with us at all except […] . . . → Read More: Stacked: Marcella Polini Hazan (1924 – 2013)

Stacked: Weekend Reading: Families with Demands

The Non-Blogger had read and approved of Lionel Shriver’s Big Brother and we had liked So Much For That enough to have blogged about it at some point, so we grabbed that but then we saw Dissident Gardens which we had read about and heard Jonathan Lethem talking about possibly on the v. useful Fresh […] . . . → Read More: Stacked: Weekend Reading: Families with Demands

Stacked: W.H. Auden, 1904 – 1973

‘In the prison of his days Teach the free man how to praise’ It is a quaint and curious custom to visit the graves of the lofty dead. One did not know this musician or that poet, the honored guest did not choose the stone or the setting, and yet one is there, hoping the […] . . . → Read More: Stacked: W.H. Auden, 1904 – 1973

Stacked: “It may be an elegant [word] in Virginia, and even perfectly intelligible; but for our part, all we can do is to guess at its meaning.”

As longtime Stacked readers know, on Fridays we can rarely be bothered to post anything more thoughtful than a link to something vaguely book-related. Today is no exception.  So without any further ado, I hereby post the following vaguely book-related link to an excellent American Scholar piece about our cultural propensity for making up new […] . . . → Read More: Stacked: “It may be an elegant [word] in Virginia, and even perfectly intelligible; but for our part, all we can do is to guess at its meaning.”

Stacked: “You know, for a company that is out to kill bookstores Amazon really sucks at it.”

Huh.  It looks like Amazon isn’t destroying all local bookstores after all. See also: case in point. -Norm De Plume . . . → Read More: Stacked: “You know, for a company that is out to kill bookstores Amazon really sucks at it.”

Stacked: Colum McCann at the Mercantile

Colum McCann, National Book Award winner and best-selling novelist, charmed and inspired the audience at the Mercantile Library’s 2013 Modern Novel lecture. His remarks were full of the warmth, wit and storytelling prowess that are — cultural stereotype alert — so commonly associated with his Irish homeland. It was hard to say if the eyes […] . . . → Read More: Stacked: Colum McCann at the Mercantile

Stacked: The Magical P&G Heritage and Archives Tour

Oh the things you will learn in the Proctor and Gamble Archives.  Did you know that Ivory soap originally came with a string around it, to make it easy to split in half as a dual-purpose product for kitchen and bath?  That Vick’s VapoRub began as the catchy “Vick’s Croup and Pneumonia Salve”?  Or that […] . . . → Read More: Stacked: The Magical P&G Heritage and Archives Tour

Stacked: Huh.

What’s that in our vitrine?  Oh, you know.  Just some beautiful old Native American artifacts.  No big deal. They’re ambiance for the Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks talk the Ohio Historical Society and the Friends of the Ancient Ohio Earthworks are putting on here tonight. -Norm De Plume . . . → Read More: Stacked: Huh.

Stacked: Congrats to the City’s Junior Library!

The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County has earned a well-deserved National Medal for Museum and Library Service.  PLCHC’s Main Library was recently the busiest library in America.  In celebration, PLCHC is offering Fine Amnesty Day, tomorrow, May 15th.  Having served on a committee or two with Public Library folks and, most recently, watched […] . . . → Read More: Stacked: Congrats to the City’s Junior Library!

Stacked: Weekend Reading & Bicycle Behaviour

We’ve been fans of Bernard Cornwell as long as he’s been writing, although we cannot swear to having read every one of his dozens of mostly historical novels since he cranks them out at a prodigious rate.  We do not wish to imply that by cranking he is turning out an inferior product any more […] . . . → Read More: Stacked: Weekend Reading & Bicycle Behaviour

Stacked: Viral Book-shop Sign

According to, Galleycat, this sign is “going viral”.  So in keeping with the good news that a book shop is opening off Fountain Square, we are acting as a vector.  -ed scripsi . . . → Read More: Stacked: Viral Book-shop Sign

Stacked: Michael Steinberger just won a James Beard award

James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards are to food writers what National Asphalt Paving Association’s NAPA awards are to asphalt professionals: public recognition that one is performing at the very pinnacle of one’s craft, whether one’s craft is laying down a thick layer of solid asphalt, or laying down a thick layer of solid journalistic excellence. […] . . . → Read More: Stacked: Michael Steinberger just won a James Beard award

Campbell’s Scoop: Book(s) of the Week

This time of year, I am always astounded at the number of new grilling and bbq books that come my way. So far this year, I have five, no doubt a fraction of what’s published. (It’s the same thing in the fall with baking books.) . It’s always hard to imagine what could be new … . . . → Read More: Campbell’s Scoop: Book(s) of the Week

Stacked: … And Speaking of Bike Month

Our readers need to know that we are sharply divided on the use of bicycle helmets here at the more bicycle friendly of the town’s two leading libraries.  Certain members of the staff, shameless proponents of the Nanny State, clearly lean towards imposition of a helmet requirement for cyclists.  The Library’s helmet-heads, speed demons to […] . . . → Read More: Stacked: … And Speaking of Bike Month

Stacked: It’s Bike Month Ya’ll . . .

. . . and there are plenty of bike-related activities to be enjoyed in Cincinnati.  Tonight, you are encouraged to bike to Music Hall where you will be given a free instrument and sent to make Gateway Quarter residents wish they had shelled out for the extra soundproofing on their gentrificondos.  This year, many of […] . . . → Read More: Stacked: It’s Bike Month Ya’ll . . .

Stacked: THIS JUST IN

A new bookstore is going to open downtown in the old Brooks Brothers space. They’re also going to sell crepes (which rhymes with “steps,” as my old French professor would insist I remind you), coffee (which can easily be spiked with brandy, as my old French professor used to do during finals), and other standard […] . . . → Read More: Stacked: THIS JUST IN

Stacked: Weekend Reading: The Third Coast

Stacked followers know that we like to grab a novel on the way out Friday and blog about it Monday, but this weekend there was no way out on which to grab.  We never left.  It was Hackathon Weekend here at the Small Library Time Forgot, and we were required to see that the hackers […] . . . → Read More: Stacked: Weekend Reading: The Third Coast

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