The Rare Commons

The Rare Commons
A hitchhiker's guide to the online world of rare books and special collections
Created 04 Jun 2021
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  • "Hand of dead man writes"
    30 Sep 2021 • 10 min read • 3 1
    Remember when I said this letter about commonplace books was going to show up in 4 weekly installments? Hilarious, right? Turns out I can only write term papers, not 500-word weekly response posts. Bu...
  • “a strange half-mad world of quasi-material substance”
    09 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 4 0
    Hello everyone, This week flew by, and I was having way too much fun with my niece eating honey cake and celebrating the New Year. Happy 5782, everybody! So hang tight, the newsletter will keep cookin...
  • Libraries are for Snooping
    02 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 3 1
    All right everyone. Let me be old. Get off my lawn. This month has been kind of a doozy. Although this is not a newsletter about me or my life, it kind of tangentially is in that I’m currently writing...
  • Slow Your Roll with the Infinite Scroll
    04 Aug 2021 • 16 min read • 6 1
    *NB: As with last month, I have not been able to keep a lid on it, so this e-mail may well exceed the length limit of your inbox. Make sure to click the link to read the entire message at the bottom o...
  • Here's Looking at You, Kid
    07 Jul 2021 • 15 min read • 2 1
    PART 1: Moisturize Me They wore white cloaks almost like choir robes, with pointed sleeves so long they brushed the tabletop… They put on white gloves of the type used to handle archival manuscripts a...
  • Welcome to the Rare Commons
    16 Jun 2021 • 4 min read • 5 5
    My great-grandfather used to run mystery tours. He'd conduct his friends and neighbors to local beauty spots around Yorkshire in a charabanc — a sort of enormous convertible bus — showing them histori...
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