OK, so let’s look at top-level categories. You’ll remember the MDS from last time, but let me line it up with some other systems as well, just to get an idea of the variation. Melvil Decimal System Universal Decimal Classification Library of Congress Classification Bliss bibliographic classification General Works and Information Sciences Philosophy and...Read more →
Summer is upon us at last, and even in this neck of the woods there have been days that actually look like it. I’ve started my vacation, and am greatly looking forwards to days spent doing nothing but what I feel like. I’m even slowing down my post writing, as the notice on the...Read more →
A couple of days ago, I suddenly rediscovered one of LibraryThing’s beta features, which I had looked at when it first debuted and then not thought about again until now: lists. In particular, the one that caught my eye was a list of fantasy gateway books. The idea of the lists feature is that...Read more →
His Majesty’s Dragon, the first book in the Temeraire series, opens with a British ship capturing a French one in 1805, and finding a dragon egg in its hold. This is not extraordinary – in the alternate history of this series, dragons have been domesticated in Europe since the Romans – but it is...Read more →
A home without books is like a body without a soul.
Cicero said that, with his customary artful understatement. Horace Mann apparently said that "A house without books is like a room without windows,"
but I think the points go to Cicero on this one.Read more →