writing

Want Your Kids to Grow Up to Be Writers? Choose These Names

It turns out that if you want your children to be writers, you should consider naming them Kate and Simon. In 2014, Verdant Labs used public records to analyze common names by profession in the United States. They found that people with certain names are disproportionately more likely to have various careers. They based this… Continue reading Want Your Kids to Grow Up to Be Writers? Choose These Names

Quotes

Friday Quick Quote: Dostoyevsky’s ‘White Nights’

“I am a dreamer. I know so little of real life that I just can’t help re-living such moments as these in my dreams, for such moments are something I have very rarely experienced. I am going to dream about you the whole night, the whole week, the whole year. I feel I know you… Continue reading Friday Quick Quote: Dostoyevsky’s ‘White Nights’

books

A Graphic Novel about the iTunes Terms and Conditions. Yes. Really.

Every once in a while, creators make something that is a little wonky. I’ve found another one of those oddball items. Comic artist and satirist Robert Sikoryak has illustrated a graphic novel that is filled with the text of the iTunes terms and conditions legal contract that everyone has to agree to before using the service.… Continue reading A Graphic Novel about the iTunes Terms and Conditions. Yes. Really.

books

New Tolkien: The Man Who Made Middle Earth

The world is soon going to learn a little more about the man who wrote The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. The Bodleian Library of Oxford University is publishing a biography of Tolkien called Tolkien: The Maker of Middle Earth as well as holding a major exhibit on the man in 2018. The book is being written by… Continue reading New Tolkien: The Man Who Made Middle Earth

books · libraries

Archive Adventure: ‘Tales from Catland’

Periodically I like to share the strange, fascinating, and often rare books that live in library archives. Today I’ve found one that will make you absolutely purr with pleasure. Tales from Catland: Written for Kittens by an Old Tabby was produced by Tabitha Grimalkin and was, as far as I can tell, originally published in 1852. The cover… Continue reading Archive Adventure: ‘Tales from Catland’

books

5 Beautiful Versions of ‘Beauty and the Beast’

In honor of the recent release of Disney’s live action Beauty and the Beast, I want to highlight a few of the children’s books based on that fairy tale. Though dozens of interpretations of the story exist, these are a few of my favorites. They feature amazing artwork and manage to capture the spirit of the… Continue reading 5 Beautiful Versions of ‘Beauty and the Beast’