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.

John Carey, The Intellectuals and the Masses

I worked for my PhD in the later 1980s in an intellectual environment in which New Historicism was only just becoming a thing. Fifteen years later, when I moved back … Continue reading

November 9, 2015 · 9 Comments

Vulpes Random: Kate’s new site

BookFox Kate calling, aka the podcaster formerly known as Why I Really Like This Book. After three years of podding in the ethersphere, I’m taking my podcasting equipment back to earth … Continue reading

January 1, 2015 · 3 Comments

The Unexpected Professor: An Oxford Life in Books by John Carey

I love books about books. I love memoirs. And, having been living in Oxford for getting on ten years, I love reading about my adopted home. Happily all three come … Continue reading

December 8, 2014 · 11 Comments

In Conversation with Rowan Williams

Rowan Williams’ resignation as Archbishop of Canterbury in March last year may have come as a shock to some; but his return to academic life, as Master of Magdalene College, … Continue reading

June 26, 2013 · 6 Comments

VL Q&A: Mary Beard

(Originally posted:  January 7, 2011) In honour of Professor Mary Beard’s recent series, Meet the Romans, we’re republishing our 2011 Q&A in which the outspoken historian discusses popular history, blogging … Continue reading

May 8, 2012 · 2 Comments

VL Q&A: Mary Beard

Mary Beard is Professor of Classics at Cambridge University, Classics Editor of the Times Literary Supplement and the author of the blog A Don’s Life.  She has made numerous television … Continue reading

January 7, 2011 · 5 Comments



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