CRAIG CONLEY (Prof. Oddfellow) is recognized by Encarta as “America’s most creative and diligent scholar of letters, words and punctuation.” He has been called a “language fanatic” by Page Six gossip columnist Cindy Adams, a “cult hero” by Publisher’s Weekly, a “monk for the modern age” by George Parker, and “a true Renaissance man of the modern era, diving headfirst into comprehensive, open-minded study of realms obscured or merely obscure” by Clint Marsh. An eccentric scholar, Conley’s ideas are often decades ahead of their time. He invented the concept of the “virtual pet” in 1980, fifteen years before the debut of the popular “Tamagotchi” in Japan. His virtual pet, actually a rare flower, still thrives and has reached an incomprehensible size. Conley’s website is
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May 1, 2018 (permalink)

Books are alive and have souls.  We found these proofs:

"Undoubtedly books have souls" (Joseph Jewell Barton).

"Literature … is alive—not in a vague complementary sense, but alive tenaciously" (E. M. Forster).

"Only an honest book can live" (John Burroughs).

"Literature is alive.  I am literature; it's not merely dead authors with beards.  It's alive" (Azouz Begag).

"Words have souls, and books have souls, and books, indeed, contain the most valuable essence of human souls" (The Open Court, 1894).

It's been said that "it's an author's passion, whatever its form … that makes a pulse beat in the printed page and keeps a book alive through its readers long after the writer is dust" ("The Book" by Barbara W. Tuchman).

It's been said that "the jumping out of planes, car chases and evil people in general is what I think keeps a book alive" (Scorpia, in a book review).

It's been said that "richness and impact characterize the lasting works" so that fifty years after their first appearance they still grip the human mind, immersing it in a rich created world.  (Kathryn Cave.)

It's been said that "It is the revelation that keeps a book alive to the reader" (Adrianne, "The Book and the Real World").

It's been said that references to famous quotations, events, and artworks is what keeps a book alive (Christchurch City Libraries).

It's been said that "It's the critical culture that keeps a book alive" (Yamini Deenadayalan).

It's been said that "it's word of mouth that really keeps a book alive" (Laura Lam).

It's been said that "What keeps a book alive is future books talking about it" (Tom Vanderbilt , "Why Is Literary Fame So Unpredictable?").

It's been said that "What keeps a book alive is not the judgment of critics, not the label of 'classic' attached to it in school-rooms, but the unaffected delight it continues to give to the hearts of men" (H. W. Boynton, "Reading New Books").

It's been said that "it is teaching that keeps a book alive" (Nicholas Birns).

It's been said that "It is only the good opinion of the few that keeps a book alive" (Max Beerbohm).

It has been said that it is the "calling for fresh copies of it after the old copies are worn out" that keeps a book alive (Leon Henry Vincent, The Bibliotaph).

It's been said that "humor that survives from other days" keeps a book alive beyond its own generation (Ladies' Home Journal).

It's been said that "credibility among [the author's] scientific peers" is what keeps a book alive in the minds of readers (Cheryl Knott).

It's been said that "a popular adaptation keeps a book alive" (Thomas S. Hischak).

Previously, we saw that the moment a work is published it appears in another world (either heavenly or hellish.  Bad books are tormented in Hell.)

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May 13, 2015 (permalink)

From Goops and How to be Them by Gelett Burgess, 1900.  The text reads, "I have a notion / The Books on the shelves  / Are just as much persons / As we are, ourselves.  / When you are older, / You'll find this is true; / You'd better be careful / To make Books like you!"
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
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