ATG Quirkies: Isn’t Every Day Coffee Day?

Coffee aficionados will love this post from Mental Floss.  It features 16 Quick Coffee Facts for National Coffee Day that can be shared with your fellow imbibers next time you visit the local Starbuc...

ATG Quirkies: Soldiers and their Softcovered Books

This post in Atlas Obscura by Cara Giaimo makes for compelling reading. It tells the story of how books designed for soldiers’ pockets changed publishing forever . According to Ms. Giaimo “thes...

ATG Quirkies: Paperweights Make a Comeback

The Surprising History (and Future) of Paperweights is an intriguing post from the Paris Review that describes a visit to the inaugural show at Fisher Parrish Gallery. The show featured “a coll...

ATG Quirkies: Tattoo You: Can Tattoos Be Copyrighted?

It looks like we’re going to be getting another landmark copyright decision pretty soon. At issue: Can a tattoo on human flesh be copyrighted?    According to this post by David Kravets in Ars ...

ATG Quirkies: Next Time You’re in New York

Writing for the gothamist.com, Rebecca Fishbein offers some guidance that any librarian visiting the Big Apple will appreciate. She provides a list of Best Bars In NYC Where You Can Read In Peace. Ms...

ATG Quirkies: And the Winners Are!

The 2017 Ig Nobel Prizes, annual awards for improbable research, were given out last evening at the Sanders Theater at Harvard University. The awards are are organized by the science humor magazine “...

ATG Quirkies: Reading Lost Languages

This post by journalist Brigit Katz writing in the Smithsonian reports on the lost languages discovered in one of the world’s oldest continuously run libraries… Ms. Katz cites a report from the...

ATG Quirkies: Are Emojis the New Body Language?

This post in Nautilus by Vyvyan Evans acknowledges the incredible growth in the use of emojis in digital communications. In fact, he notes that they have become so prevalent that some cultural critic...

ATG Quirkies: Terry Pratchett: His Own Worst Critic.

Terry Pratchett, “a wildly popular fantasy novelist who wrote more than 70 books”, had a final request prior to his death in 2015. Mr. Pratchett wanted “whatever he was working on at the ...

ATG Quirkies: Jackie Kennedy, the Editor

This fascinating post in Town & Country tells how Jackie Kennedy started on the road to becoming a powerful book editor more than 10 years after leaving the White House. Author Nancy Bilyeau reco...