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Lessons from the Roman Empire about the danger of luxury

Are we enslaved by the finer things in life? KEY TAKEAWAYS The Roman writer, Tacitus, argued that the Roman Empire was built by enslaving conquered...

The National Book Award shortlist is announced

This week, the National Book Foundation announced its short list for the National Book Awards. The writers come from such places as Pittsburgh, Norway, Iran...

Private libraries have good story to sell

In Newcastle, authors are staging a “take over” of 10 earmarked for closure; in Blackpool, readers are spending the evening celebrating romantic heroes from...


In the early Nineteen-fifties the poet, novelist and editor Raymond Queneau circulated a pamphlet with an overview of the best books and authors. He...

How Andrew Carnegie Turned His Fortune Into A Library Legacy

Patrons in the reading room of the Carnegie Library of Homestead in Munhall, Pa., circa 1900. The Carnegie Steel Co.fought back against striking steel...

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