Beloved Bears in Children’s Literature

Goofy and Lovable Bears are an Important Cornerstone in Children’s Literature There’s just something about bears. For an animal so potentially dangerous, they have become a staple in children’s literature. A given a quick glance over their representation in children’s books and it’s easy to understand why — they’re large, fluffy, and endearingly dopey. And for the last nearly 100 years, they have maintained a permanent presence in libraries and children’s bookshelves. We highlight some of the most well-known literary … Continued

Dead Feminists Live On

 Keep the Change: No. 16 in the Dead Feminists series

The Dead Feminists is a broadside series created by the dynamic duo of Jessica Spring and Chandler O’Leary.

dead-feminist jessica and chandler

Jessica of Springtide Press and Chandler of Anagram Press unite to resurrect feminists from days gone bye whose messages still ring true when looking at the current political and social landscape.

The series has been going strong since 2008.  The broadsides are letterpress printed from hand-drawn lettering and illustrations in limited editions.

The size of each edition corresponds to the subject matter.  The edition of  “Gun Shy” featuring Annie Oakley was printed in an edition of 151 copies to represent each person injured or killed in a shooting rampage  in 2012! And, of course, a portion of the proceeds for each broadside goes to an organization related to the issue at hand.


 Gun Shy: No. 17 in the Dead Feminists series

The broadsides retail for $40 and usually sell out pretty quickly.

Let’s hope that someday they reprint some of the early broadsides!

More from:

 Springtide Press

Anagram Press

The Dead Feminist broadsides where also included in our latest Bibliology e-mailing, a salute to National Women’s History Month.


Old Movies and Big Books

Hollywood loved books in the 1930’s and 40’s. Not only were many of the films adapted from books but books also played a pivotal role in promoting the films.
Above is Alan Ladd with a well-designed, super-sized copy of The Great Gatsby. Ladd played Jay Gatsby in the 1949 film version.
and here are a few more striking examples:
Charles Farrell and Janet Gaynor promote High Society Blues, 1930
Loretta Young, Alan Ladd– And Now Tomorrow , 1944


Jennifer Jones, Charles Boyer– Cluny Brown,1946


Toby Wing, actress in the 20’s and 30’s

All images via Sergio Leemann’s A Certain Cinema, an amazing repository featuring over 12,000 images.

Unfortunately, none of these giant editions have made it to the marketplace yet but here are copies of the original books including copies of the crown jewel of the Modern First Edition genre of book collecting ; A First Edition of The Great Gatsby in the original dust jacket.

The Great Gatsbyreading copies

And Now Tomorrow by Rachel Field – First Editionreading copies

Cluny Brown

and some sheet music for High Society Blues


Get out the Blacklight. Posters from the Psychedelic Era

“David, The Head” Neon Blacklight Poster, 1970 by Calan

Blacklight posters were a main ingredient of the psychedelic movement. They were part and parcel of the hippie lifestyle, an essential part of the trip.

“The blacklight poster was actually a medium capable of mimicking the effects of the new wonder drug. With the ability to glow and vibrate under ultraviolet light, the posters could simulate the sensations and visual distortions one experienced during an acid trip.” says Daniel Donahue in his introduction to kick off  Ultraviolet: 69 Classic Blacklight Posters from the Aquarian Age and Beyond.

Love how a couple are by L.S. Day 🙂

“Lucian” Erotic Neon Blacklight Poster, 1970 by n/a



“Garden of Eden” Blacklight Velvet Poster, 1970 by L.S. Day



“Aquarian Age” Blacklight Velvet Astrology Poster, 1974 by L.S. Day

“Arcturus Coma” Silkscreened Neon Blacklight Poster, ca. 1970 by Tom Korpalski

Caliban Books is currently offering these and more.

2009 Review of  Ultraviolet: 69 Classic Blacklight Posters from the Aquarian Age and Beyond at Pop Matters

Oh and if you need a blacklight, would be a good place to start.

The first poster ‘David, the Head’ was featured in our recent Bibliology email.

What One Book: Magic

We know you love the old “let’s pull the rabbit out of the hat” trick, but it’s time to move on to more advanced deceptions. As always, we gather a panel of experts to recommend books on a specific topic. We questioned magic practitioners and historians of the field to give you a sense of what’s possible in your own world–and what may be pure illusion.


What One Book – The U.S. Space Program

courtesy of Bookmarks Magazine

The following experts recommend books, fiction and non-fiction alike, for those of you who plan to colonize another planet – or just want to read about it.

Roger D. Launius


Roger D. Launius is chair of the Division of Space History at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. Between 1990 and 2002, he served as chief historian of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. He has written or edited more than 20 books on aerospace history, including Critical Issues in the History of Spaceflight (2006); Space: A Journey to Our Future (2004); Imagining Space: Achievements, Possibilities, Projections, 1950-2050 (2001); and Frontiers of Space Exploration (1998; 2004).

Probably the most sophisticated application of an exploration imperative to spaceflight, this book by the premier American space scientist of the latter 20th century lays out a rationale for human colonization of the solar system. Sagan believes we should leave this planet because we can. He writes that as far as we know, this is the first time that a species has become able to journey to the planets and the stars. Our leverage on the future is high just now.

In his significant analysis of the close relationship between popular culture and public decisions in space-flight, McCurdy finds that while spaceflight seems to be generally popular with Americans, it is not a high priority for most. He shows how closely the dominant trends in science fiction literature and film, as well as public perceptions, reinforce actual events in spaceflight and fundamentally affect public support. While a close relationship during the 1950s and 1960s between reality and perceptions created an expectation that supported the lunar landing program, the paths of public perceptions and actual events have diverged since then.

This Pulitzer Prize-winning book analyzes the race to the moon in the 1960s. McDougall asserts that Apollo prompted the space program to stress engineering over science, competition over cooperation, civilian over military management, and international prestige over practical applications. Juxtaposing the American effort of Apollo with the Soviet space program and the dreams of such designers as Sergei P. Korolev to land a Soviet cosmonaut on the moon, McDougall explains how the United States recreated the same type of command technocracy that the Soviets had instituted in its effort to reach the moon.