Codices and Scrolls in the News

Posted: July 30th, 2006 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Comments Off

Being the English-Studies type of guy that I am, I’ve always got my radar on looking for examples of cultural discourse about All Things Book, especially stuff about books as material objects or artifacts (cuz, you know, that’s kind of my thing). So imagine my delight when I caught these back-to-back stories on NPR’s All Things Considered:

>>: A Prayer Book’s Secret: Archimedes Lies Beneath. A harrowing tale of the Archimedes Palimpsest, an ancient codex of the famous Greek mathemetician hiding underneath a 13th century prayer book, uncovered with the help of a particle accelerator.

>>: Kerouac’s ‘On the Road’ Manuscript Unfurled. The original typescript of Kerouac’s masterwork is being published for the first time, and it’s a good bit different, textually speaking, from the edited editions modern-day beatniks have come to know and love. I’m a little disappointed, however, that it’ll be in a boring old book format and not an homage to the original typescript: a 120-foot scroll of taped-together typing paper.

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