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"The experience to be gathered from books, Though often valuable, is but of the nature of learning; Whereas the experience gained from actual life, Is of the nature of wisdom; And a small store of the latter Is worth vastly more than a stock of the former."

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Books of The Times: Review: Jon Krakauer’s ‘Missoula’ Looks at Date Rape in a College Town 
  Sun, 19 Apr 2015 22:24:05 GMT 
    Mr. Krakauer’s book asks what the truth means to victims, assailants, university officials, local police, prosecutors, journalists and, eventually, the Justice Department.

ArtsBeat: Library of Congress Begins Posting Its Recorded Poetry Archive 
  Sun, 19 Apr 2015 17:30:09 GMT 
    Robert Frost, Elizabeth Bishop and Gwendolyn Brooks are among those who can be heard online.

Bookshelf: Books on a Photographer, the Underground Railroad and Ancestry 
  Sat, 18 Apr 2015 17:28:29 GMT 
    Books about genealogy and the history of New York City; the photographer Eve Arnold; and the abolitionist Sydney Howard Gay’s contribution to the Underground Railroad.

Nick Cave’s ‘The Sick Bag Song,’ an Epic Poem Composed on Tour 
  Fri, 17 Apr 2015 20:31:01 GMT 
    The musician and author’s new literary work is a mash-up of prose, poetry, song lyrics and autobiography that he is selling directly online.

ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: Kate Bolick’s ‘Spinster’ 
  Fri, 17 Apr 2015 19:25:35 GMT 
    Ms. Bolick discusses “Spinster,” and Jon Ronson talks about “So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed.”

Paperback Row 
  Fri, 17 Apr 2015 14:00:02 GMT 
    Paperback books of particular interest.

Editors’ Choice 
  Fri, 17 Apr 2015 14:00:02 GMT 
    Recently reviewed books of particular interest.

Inside the List 
  Fri, 17 Apr 2015 14:00:02 GMT 
    Jo Nesbo’s “Blood on Snow,” which is No. 9 on the hardcover fiction list, was inspired by Nesbo’s desire to do for Oslo what Jim Carroll did for New York in “The Basketball Diaries.”

‘The Triumph of Seeds,’ by Thor Hanson 
  Fri, 17 Apr 2015 13:51:01 GMT 
    Seeds go to thrilling lengths to assure their species’ survival.

‘Rust: The Longest War,’ by Jonathan Waldman 
  Fri, 17 Apr 2015 13:39:01 GMT 
    The scourge of rust — a mighty, and most unlikely, enemy.

‘Infested,’ About Bedbugs, by Brooke Borel 
  Fri, 17 Apr 2015 13:33:01 GMT 
    A look at the biological and cultural history of bedbugs.

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