The old and the new

Bookcrossing begins in Manchester on Saturday. Hundreds of books of all kinds will be left around the city with messages instructing people to take them home. “We consider this to be the urban equivalent of message in a bottle,” one of the founders said.

The “Shakespeare Bible” is an original copy of “the first comprehensive collection of Shakespeare’s plays … published almost 400 years ago.” (Via Zuzu’s Petals.)

Over at Half an Orange, there’s a funny and intelligent discussion (in English and Spanish, no less) of an article I mentioned earlier this week that says contemporary poets are denaturing U.S. poetry.

Someone named Al is taking over while Laila rests.

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