A few weeks ago we featured Galileo a Madama Cristina de Lorena, published in 1896 by the Salmin Brothers, which happens to be the smallest book in the world printed with hand-set movable type.  The typeface used is called “flies’ eyes”, and was cut by Antonio Farina in 1834. We have another book in our collection printed with the same type, an 1878 edition of  La Divina Commedia di DanteWhile the Dante is also a miniature book, it is not nearly as small as the Galileo.  Here are some images of both books side by side, so you can compare the type and truly see just what a feat it must have been to hand-set both of these incredible little books.




"My Body’s a Zombie for You" - Dead Man’s Bones (Ryan Gosling)

I’ve thought about it for a bit—have actually written and re-written this opening line several times already—and I’m still not sure whether you’re better off knowing anything about this song before you hear it, whether it will add or detract to your experience to know in advance what you are about to hear, or that Ryan Gosling is doing the singing.

There’s also a fair point to be made in saying that a song entitled “My Body’s a Zombie for You” needs no other introduction, really. But then, I’d argue, you wouldn’t realize so many things about it, like how there’s an entire kids choir singing back-up vocals, or how the piano line that runs throughout the song is perfect in its pop simplicity, or how you’ll be running around with the sing-a-long chorus stuck in your head for weeks. 

If you need an excuse to enjoy a song about the undead, tell yourself it’s October, that Halloween is right around the corner, that this is the month for a song like this. If you have no such hang-ups, though, just dive right in. This is one of the best Halloween songs you’ll ever hear. 

Hey girl.