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.

Nifty Nonfiction: Dreadlocks and Deliveries

Two books on elements of everyday life that I found interesting. Twisted by Bert Ashe This is a memoir about hair. As a person who has had short hair all … Continue reading

June 19, 2017 · 3 Comments

Coming Up This Week

It’s officially summer in the northern hemisphere, even if the calendar doesn’t say so until midweek and the Foxes are scattered to the four winds doing all sorts of things, … Continue reading

June 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

Great Castles by Peter Roberts

At first glance, this looks to be just another coffee table book with pretty pictures. And it is that, but there’s more to it. For one thing, there’s more castles … Continue reading

June 16, 2017 · 2 Comments

My Visit to Longleat House

(By guest writer, Stranger) Back in the mid seventies, I was in the midst of an unhappy divorce. My ex husband was in the Air Force and we were stationed … Continue reading

June 12, 2017 · 4 Comments

The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff

No matter how many times I read this book, it’s always a delightful experience. At it’s core, it’s an explanation of a school of philosophy, Taoism. But the way the … Continue reading

June 5, 2017 · 2 Comments

Coming Up:Week of Calm

A few weeks ago, British Fox Kate suggested a week of calm and peaceful posts to counter the strong feelings surrounding the snap election in the UK. We all thought … Continue reading

June 4, 2017 · 1 Comment

The Art of Rivalry by Sebastian Smee

Upon seeing the title, a prospective reader might imagine a couple of artists having fisticuffs, with paint splattering across the walls.But the sensationalist title belies the meaning the author ascribes … Continue reading

May 31, 2017 · 1 Comment

Poetry Week on VL

Welcome to our 9th Annual Poetry Week! It’s the week every spring where Vulpes Libris highlights the undervalued art of verse. This year we have a bit more of a … Continue reading

May 14, 2017 · 2 Comments

Group Post-Imaginary Journeys

Recently, the Foxes were asked a “Let’s Pretend” question; if you were writing a travel book and could go anywhere you liked(money is no object and magically your health was … Continue reading

May 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Dinosaur Lords by Victor Milan

Technically, this novel would be in the Fantasy category, which IS a genre of science fiction, but since general sci fi is too much ‘men and machines’ for me and … Continue reading

May 1, 2017 · 2 Comments

Legion, the TV series

Since my family was too poor when I was growing up to afford comic books, I never got into them, though I have always read the comic pages in the … Continue reading

April 26, 2017 · 2 Comments

“Daffodils” by William Wordsworth

One of the reasons I like this poem, which you can read here , is because it’s lighthearted. So much poetry is dark and deep, so it’s a lovely surprise … Continue reading

April 3, 2017 · 2 Comments

Victoria, the ITV/PBS series

May contain spoilers and irreverence. The ITV series Victoria recently concluded on PBS in the States and it seems like a good time to organize my feelings about it, which … Continue reading

March 24, 2017 · 5 Comments

Of The Arts: The Violinist of Venice & The Improbability of Love

A VL Classic, originally posted March 2016. The Violinist of Venice by Alyssa Palombo At first this appears to be a routine historical romance, but it soon deepens to something … Continue reading

March 13, 2017 · 1 Comment

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