If you are likewise warped inclined, Elements of Typographic Style by Robert Bringhurst is a fun addition to your library. This is the standard text on type design — it was assigned as course material for my ill-fated attempt at taking an introductory class in typography. Curse my complete lack of visual design skill!
I’ve been an occasional reader of Typographica off and on since back when it was still Typographi.ca. It can be too industry-insider and sail right over my head (see above RE: lack of design skillz), but it’s still enjoyable nonetheless even for the amateur type nerd.
If you want to play around with actual honest-to-god lead type, and you live in Seattle:
a) The School of Visual Concepts offers classes in letterpress, tho’ i’ve never taken any myself because they’re fairly pricey.
b) The UW’s Experimental College has a letterpress printing class. Also not cheap, but a bargain compared to the School of Visual Concepts, plus it’s a 2-day class that happens over the weekend and so is less of a time commitment. Plus! Once you’ve taken the letterpress class, Bonnie will let you sign up for her open studio nights to work on projects.
There is one thing i’d like to get my hands on right now, and that’s a free/low-cost software program for viewing, tagging, and organizing my vast collection of fonts. I used to print my font collection store the samples in a 3-ring binder. That is not so feasible these days! Part of my problem is that i’m on a Windows PC whereas Mac still seems to be the standard choice for designers. I’m perusing reviews of font management software, but if you’re a font nerd and have a recommendation, share some love in the comments.