The Magic Book (Update)

April 19, 2015

Do you love books? I’m not just talking about reading. I’m talking about the physical book – the book as an object.  Maybe that’s why we line them on shelves like totems… why we pile them next to our beds in some hope that their magic will enter our dreams. 

Because sometimes, sometimes, you believe.

  1. The Codex Seraphinianus

    This book really got us excited. 12 x 36. 10 pounds. Everyone wanted to touch it. Borrow it. Talk about it. It felt like magic. And the title was just as mysterious – Codex Seraphinianus. Publisher Charles Mier tell us what the hell it is (and what is isn't).

    Want to see the first 74 pages of the "world's weirdest book"?

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  2. The Talking Book

    We know a lot about how slaves looked at books because of the hundreds of slave narratives they wrote.  Scholar Cherene Sherrard-Johnson says a fundamental trope in those narratives is what’s called “the Talking Book.” 

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  3. The Aleppo Codex

    The Aleppo Codex, the oldest, most complete, most accurate text of the Hebrew Bible went missing? Where did it go?

    This story was done in collaboration with Israel Story, the This American Life of Israel.

    http://en.israelstory.org/

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  4. Novelist Remembers Armenian Massacre, 100 Years Later

     Judith Claire MItchell's first novel  “The Last Day of the War” is set just after World War I, when Europe's peace brokers decided to ignore the Armenian massacres.  She talks about the painful legacy of that decision, 100 years later.

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  5. Singer Diamanda Galas: The 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide

    There are many ways to react to the tragedies of the past. Politically. Historically. And even… musically.

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