Category Archives: Stuff

Sweets for Readers: Sketchbook Project Mast Brothers Chocolate Bar

This is the time of year when I begin saving links with an eye toward holiday gift ideas, but this one can’t wait. From the Brooklyn Art Library, home of The Sketchbook Project, comes a limited edition chocolate bar that’s the perfect little something for any book lover with a sweet tooth. (And it seems […]

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Bookplates, and the Lack Thereof

I like these bookplates (and bookplatters) very much. If I ever got around to having the kind of parties where nuts and olives were set out on tables in civilized fashion—as opposed to the kind where a bunch of people cram in around my kitchen table and eat and drink a lot and talk over […]

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Books and Booze on Big Night

It’s Big Night out there, folks—if someone’s having a holiday party, there’s a good 90% chance it’s tonight. Great fun taking the train out to wherever you’re going in the evening, seeing everyone all dressed up and eager; much less so coming back after midnight, when one fears for one’s shoes. In case you have […]

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Blue Monday #1: Small Gifts

Welcome to Blue Monday, the shopping day for those of us who don’t have much money, time, or energy to buck up the national economy. Herewith, and for the next few weeks of holiday shopping, a frankly biased and small-scale sampling of odds and ends for the worthy recipients in your life. For New Yorkers, […]

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A Circus for Your Eyes: The New York Art Book Fair

I spent the last couple of days volunteering at the New York Art Book Fair and I’m pleased to report back that printed matter is alive and thriving. Not just Printed Matter Inc., the artists’ book gallery that sponsors the event—although it’s still flourishing at its handsome space in Manhattan—but the whole of it: art […]

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The Dueling Inner Bloggers on Literary Decor

Two pretty out-there pieces of literary interior decoration have been making the rounds this week. And while both are delightful in their own right, they also drive home the point of how fiercely the creative and spontaneous blogger inside me is at war with the cranky old sleep-deprived blogger. Item #1: The Rug Made Out […]

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You May Find Yourself Writing in a Shotgun Shack

It’s all well and good to read about those custom-designed writers’ studios–you know the ones I mean: built just far enough from the main house so it doesn’t impinge on the wall of windows, cantilevered out over the treeline, ocean barely visible from the desk on the top floor. The light changes with the seasons. […]

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Tournament of Books Ro(o)ster

Finally, what you’ve all been waiting for: the 2011 Tournament of Books roster! I mean rooster. No, wait, I do mean roster. Books filling the coveted brackets are: The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender Nox by Anne Carson Bad Marie by Marcy Dermansky Room by Emma Donoghue A Visit From the Goon […]

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‘Tis the Season

Whereas at Like Fire headquarters we are not exactly reviving the economy single-handedly through commerce, now or at any time of the year, fortunately our compatriots have been doing some scouting. The folks over at The Book Bench have good eyes and turn up some neat stuff—their Holiday Gift Guide is ongoing and organized by […]

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D’yever Wonder…?

Coudal Partners has a new edition in its Field Notes Colors series, Raven’s Wing—a very handsome basic black-on-black letterpress notebook. And to celebrate, they’ve put together a video about how they’re made. I love this kind of thing, because it’s fun getting a glimpse into the process—I’m of the generation that was forever inspired by […]

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