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Jill Harness

Airigami consists of using balloons (and air) to make works of art.

LibriVox: 1000s of Free, Crowdsourced Audiobooks

Ransom Riggs

Public domain books have been around for a long time, but until efforts like Project Gutenberg came along, getting your hands on them was no different than any other book: you'd have to check it

Morning Cup of Links: Vader and the Baby

Miss Cellania

The Situation Room Meme: The Shortest Route From Bin Laden to Lulz.

Why Do We Need Libraries?

Miss Kathleen

Each week, Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors, and books. If there's something fun going on in your local library, leave us a

The Late Movies: Inventors

Chris Higgins

Last week I pointed to a profile of Steven Sasson, Inventor of the Digital Camera. But his short interview is just the latest in a string of inventor profiles by David Friedman.

News: Kids Don't Know Who the Beatles Were

Chris Higgins

I admit, it's possible to make a video demonstrating ignorance about any topic -- just go ask people stuff on the street until you get enough "dumb" answers, and away you go.

The Number of the Day: 200,000

Colin Patrick

Author and professor Philip M. Parker has written more than 200,000 books - aided in large part by a knowledge-gathering computer program he created himself.

Calling All Interns!

Jason English

If you're a great writer overflowing with brilliant ideas for stories and quizzes and you'll be in the New York area this summer, you could be our next intern!


Ransom Riggs

“One morning, as Gregor Samsa was waking up from anxious dreams, he discovered that he had been changed into an adorable kitten.” So begins the latest literary mash-up from our friends at Quirk Books

Biological Warfare in the American Revolution?

Matt Soniak

Popular culture has given us the idea that war used to be less vicious and more orderly.

Making a Study of Film Titles

Colin Patrick

The opening titles of a film can say a lot about what’s to follow.

Brain Game: For Mr. George

A passing in the family requires a few days' respite from the daily Brain Game and 5 Questions quiz. Kara and I plan to return to these duties to begin next week.

Morning Cup of Links: Webby Winners

Miss Cellania

The winners of the Webby Awards have been announced.

The Quick 10: The Stories Behind 10 Celebrity Nicknames

Stacy Conradt

Having a rather straightforward name like Stacy means I'm not really subject to a lot of nicknames.

The Late Movies: Blu

Erica Palan

Blu is the pseudonym of a super-cool Italian street artist, who began his career using spray paint but eventually evolved to use house paint, which gives his pieces a more polished, less urban look.