Can you recommend books about American history that cover specific important periods or turning points in a comprehensive but readable fashion? E.g, Foner's book on Reconstruction, or Taylor's American Colonies? [more inside]
Which are the best books in Continuum's Thirty-Three and a Third series? I just read Daydream Nation and ended up frustrated and and a bit disappointed. [more inside]
I think I'd like to buy a letterpress, but I know nothing about them. Please help. [more inside]
Have the film rights to Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon been sold? In general how does one discover the answer to such a question (what the kids call google-fu is weak with me)?