Vulpes Libris

A collective of bibliophiles talking about books. Book Fox (vulpes libris): small bibliovorous mammal of overactive imagination and uncommonly large bookshop expenses. Habitat: anywhere the rustle of pages can be heard.

The VL Amateur Astronomy Extravaganza, Part II

Hello again, and welcome to Part II of our feature on amateur astronomy.  For Part I, click here. Today’s special guest is Dr. Ian Walker.  Ian is a lecturer in … Continue reading

October 26, 2011 · 3 Comments

The VL Amateur Astronomy Extravaganza, Part I

Today, in Part I of our two-part amateur astronomy feature, we have two special guests here on Vulpes Libris: Brother Guy Consolmagno, SJ, of the Vatican Observatory and Dr. Colin Snodgrass … Continue reading

October 25, 2011 · 8 Comments

316 Years Without Us – a Vulpes Libris Random

For many years I have been a trustee of the oldest (probably) public lending library in England. Founded in 1701 as the Reigate Publick Library, it is now known (after … Continue reading

February 24, 2017 · 2 Comments

This is My Life …

I have spent my entire life surrounded by books. I can’t remember a time when there weren’t books in every room of the house – in the kitchen, on the … Continue reading

October 30, 2015 · 7 Comments

Turn Left at Orion by Guy Consolmagno and Dan M Davis

When I was about 10 years old and living on the coast in the East Neuk of Fife, my brother David – who was some 12 years my senior – … Continue reading

May 9, 2012 · 3 Comments

Coming up on Vulpes Libris

It’s a truly esoteric week on Vulpes Libris; so much so that I can’t even come up with a nicely glib paragraph.  Instead, enjoy this picture of two finches on … Continue reading

May 6, 2012 · 1 Comment

Coming Up This Week…

Well it’s cold. At least it is here in Scotland. Autumn is upon us. As  we start our heady descent into winter (nice link with pic, geddit?) and the days … Continue reading

October 23, 2011 · 2 Comments

The Man Who Made Lists by Joshua Kendall

We’ve all got one, sitting on our desks or on a shelf. Mine is a battered paperback, with a lurid red cover, propped next to cans of guinea pig treats … Continue reading

March 7, 2011 · 4 Comments

Waxing Lyrical about: Edinburgh City of Literature

Poems projected over the castle? Free books distributed around the city? Literature written on semi-naked persons? Mysterious snow sculptures in the shape of Bob Dylan appearing on the meadows? There … Continue reading

January 14, 2011 · 5 Comments

An Interview with Brother Guy Consolmagno: Part II

For Part I, click here.  For Kirsty’s review of God’s Mechanics, click here. The idea of a religious university as they exist in the US is not a familiar one … Continue reading

November 11, 2010 · 9 Comments

Megadisasters by Florin Diacu

Predicting the Next Catastrophe If you don’t want to be reminded that mankind’s tenure on  Planet Earth is extremely shaky and courtesy only of a combination of cosmic fluke, sheer … Continue reading

August 12, 2010 · 4 Comments

Shakespeare – a Sonnet a Day

Part of Poetry Week Well, almost. On impulse, a little while ago I signed up to a website that emails me a Shakespeare sonnet. It has been a fascinating experience … Continue reading

May 28, 2010 · 6 Comments

The Sun Kings by Stuart Clark

Part of our celebration of The International Year of Astronomy Like a cluttered desk, there is much of interest here, you just have to sift through a lot of other … Continue reading

June 22, 2009 · 2 Comments

Almost Heaven by Bettyann Holtzmann Kevles

Part of VL’s celebration of The International Year of Astronomy Subtitled The History of Women in Space, this book is both fascinating and frustrating. Fascinating, because we get a lot … Continue reading

May 25, 2009 · 5 Comments



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