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.

American music writing

Guest reviewer Brad Bigelow from The Neglected Books Page gives us a joyous blast of musical literary Americana. When Kate asked me to step in and provide a piece this week, … Continue reading

July 8, 2016 · 1 Comment

The Novella Award shortlist: Michael Wyndham Thomas’s Esp

Michael Wyndham Thomas has not, as far as I can work out from a lot of elderly websites, featuring his poetry, music and short stories, yet published a novel. (UPDATE: … Continue reading

September 29, 2015 · 1 Comment

A Soprano on Her Head by Eloise Ristad

Revisiting a VL Classic Right-side-up reflections on life and other performances Seems a bit silly to review a book about musicians’ mental blocks and performance anxiety on a book blog; … Continue reading

July 18, 2014 · 1 Comment

Some of Our Favorite Beatle Songs

Before our celebration, I took an informal survey of favorite Beatles songs and the reasons behind them, which led to some very personal and touching stories. Surprisingly, each person chose … Continue reading

February 8, 2014 · 10 Comments

The Rough Guide to The Beatles by Chris Ingham

I’d always thought of The Rough Guides as travel books, so was startled to see this on the shelf, but later discovered the publishers have a whole division devoted to … Continue reading

February 4, 2014 · 3 Comments

Beatles Week on Vulpes Libris

This week marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles first coming to America and culminating in their appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show on Sunday Feb. 9th. Already well known … Continue reading

February 2, 2014 · 3 Comments

Favorite Animal Songs: “The Unicorn” and “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”

Recently I was telling someone about the song “The Unicorn” by the Irish Rovers, which they’d never heard, so I found it on YouTube for them. It occurred to me … Continue reading

October 14, 2013 · 2 Comments

Coming Up This Week, which also includes our anniversary

It’s a big week here on VL, not only do we have a lot of variety in our posts this week, but it’s also our anniversary, which we will be … Continue reading

October 13, 2013 · 3 Comments

Lyres and guitarists

It was the combination of mountains, guitars and a language that I don’t know that drew me to this book, and I enjoyed it very much. The Descent of the … Continue reading

November 29, 2012 · 3 Comments

Christmas Carols and Songs

One of the best things about this time of year is the music. I look forward to Dec. 1st, when I begin playing my many Christmas albums, from Celtic instrumentals … Continue reading

December 12, 2011 · 12 Comments

The Novel in the Viola by Natasha Solomons

At this time of year, I like to suggest books that you might enjoy snuggled up by the fire, with a mug of hot chocolate and hand-knitted socks. This is … Continue reading

December 5, 2011 · 7 Comments

Vivaldi and the Number 3 by Ron Butlin: from delight to disillusionment in 200 pages

In these playful vignettes, Ron Butlin looks at the lives of the great composers and philosophers from unusual but always entertaining angles. Vivaldi’s creative block is freed with God’s gift … Continue reading

March 2, 2011 · 6 Comments

Coming Up This Week

Lots of variety this week on VL; we have music, romance and social commentary. Plus poetry and kittens. Much food for thought on these cold winter days. Monday-Jackie finds some … Continue reading

January 16, 2011 · 3 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



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