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.

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

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

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

An Interview with Brother Guy Consolmagno: Part I

Brother Guy Consolmagno is a planetary scientist, Jesuit brother and sci-fi enthusiast.  In addition to his own research, he is Co-ordinator for Public Relations at the Vatican Observatory and curator … Continue reading

November 10, 2010 · 12 Comments

Coming up on Vulpes Libris

The Foxes are looking to the heavens this week as they contemplate the really big issues: philosophy, religion, science and folk music. On Monday, Nikki wonders if philosophy really can … Continue reading

November 7, 2010 · 1 Comment

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

The Pluto Files by Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Part of VL’s celebration of the International Year of Astronomy Anyone who has seen Dr. Tyson on TV, either on a documentary, PBS NOVA program or a talk show has … Continue reading

March 9, 2009 · 8 Comments

The Astronomer, an Aesop’s Fable

Part of our regular series celebrating The International Year of Astronomy. An astronomer used to walk out every night to gaze upon the stars. It happened one night that, with … Continue reading

January 26, 2009 · 4 Comments

Copernicus’ Secret by Jack Repcheck

It is fitting that on the weekend in which the Phoenix landed on Mars that I was reading a book about Copernicus, the Father of modern astronomy. If “modern” can … Continue reading

June 2, 2008 · 5 Comments



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  • (The header image is from Aesop's Fables, illustrated by Francis Barlow (1666), and appears courtesy of the Digital and Multimedia Center at the Michigan State University Libraries.)