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The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains
3.85
liked it
Beware: when you hit the last page of this fascinating, bleak, helpless narrative -- one that addresses your own brain as a stunted, wasting bundle of ...more
May 31, 2011
Jun 01, 2011
 
Mira calligraphiae monumenta: A Sixteenth-century Calligraphic Manuscript inscribed by Georg Bocskay and Illuminated by Joris Hoefnagel
5.00
it was amazing
Back in 1992 -- before corruption and thievery overtook their name -- the J. Paul Getty Museum seemed a principled, innocent product of American wealt ...more
Aug 28, 2008
Jul 23, 2008
 
The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary
3.84
really liked it
If I had given birth to this monstrous lexi-behemoth, I'd probably castrate myself eventually too...
Feb 1997
Jun 03, 2008
 
In Other Words: A Language Lover's Guide to the Most Intriguing Words Around the World
3.69
really liked it
A brief, fun compendium of non-English words which are largely undefinable in English, or which have been incorporated intact into English idiom (e.g. ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 06, 2008
 
The Secret Lives of Words
3.54
really liked it
One of those fun real-world etymology/idiom dictionaries with a bizarre personality behind it -- in this case Paul West, who writes with an old typewr ...more
Jun 08, 2008
Jan 13, 2008
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