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.

Love in the Time of Chasmosaurs website

When I discovered this website early in the summer, I was delighted. It was so offbeat, yet educational, that I was intrigued. And best of all it was about dinosaurs! … Continue reading

October 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

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

Electric light in the darkness

I love science writing, especially by the really good science communicators who don’t dumb down too much, just enough to let us understand what they do for a living. Sometimes … Continue reading

November 14, 2012 · 3 Comments

Eppur si scrive

Censorship of science, like most censorship, is concerned with sex, war, and keeping people in their place. Unfortunately for the censor, we can test claims about reality, so you can’t … Continue reading

October 6, 2012 · 2 Comments

Skippy Dies by Paul Murray

Those who know me and who are familiar with the books I love and review favourably will not be shocked to discover that I loved this book. I love baggy … Continue reading

January 9, 2012 · 2 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

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

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

I was born twice: first as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day in January of 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room … Continue reading

May 21, 2010 · 11 Comments

Thursday Soapbox:A Fondness for Field Guides

One of the first books I remember owning is a Golden Nature Guide to Mammals by Herbert S. Zim. My family was poor, so buying a book was rare, this … Continue reading

February 25, 2010 · 10 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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