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blooks 2copyDo you know what a blook is?  If not, let us enlighten you.

A blook is a book-shaped object that is not a book.  It may contain a game, or a coin bank or a cigarette lighter or an exploding “gag.”  Obviously it can be fancy, serious or a toy.

Anyhow, the Grolier Club is running a fun exhibition of blooks, featuring the collection of Mindell Dubansky, a preservation librarian at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  A show of objets that don’t contain paper pages might seem an odd fit for the bibliophiles at the venerable Grolier, but the society has always had its quirky side.