This extraordinary exhibition, The Business of Jewish Books, focuses on the commercial side of the book business and its three major sub-sections:
“Book production is a business as well as a craft, a trade and an art form. Since the invention of moveable type in the fifteenth century, Jews as well as non-Jews have been engaged in the printing and sale of a surprisingly diverse array of editions of Judaica. This exhibition offers a small sampling of that vast panoply of creativity, based on the University of Pennsylvania’s distinguished library collections at the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies and at the Walter and Lenore Annenberg Rare Book and Manuscript Library. The materials selected highlight not only the production but also the consumption side of the business of the Jewish book: who bought and sold printed Judaica. In this exhibit, you will see in particular how these precious books came to be part of Penn’s library collections. Each item label explains from whom books were purchased or who donated specific treasures, and otherwise documents how Penn continues to develop one of world’s largest and most important Judaica collections.”
This is very cool.
If someone would provide a translation, we would be eternally grateful.
I’ll bet you’ve heard of The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. I’ll also bet you probably can’t name them. Well, here they are.
I know that everyone dreams of going back in time, or forward to the future, I know I do. So here’s a nice, um, down-to-earth discussion of the speed of light, and thus the practical possibilities of time travel.
This man is a genius.
Scroll down slowly and stop at each new frame.
Julian Beever is an English artist who’s famous for his art on the pavement of England, France, Germany, USA, Australia and Belgium . Beever gives his drawings an amazing 3D illusion.
And today in literature, the woman who wrote: “My candle burns at both ends; / It will not last the night; / But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends — / It gives a lovely light!” died. Read about her here.
The Good Ol’ Days and how they were advertised:
A wonderful site to explore: When These Streets Heard Yiddish.