I’m an art nerd. If you ever want to see me get stupidly excited, start a conversation about Japanese prints or Near Eastern archaeology. Unfortunately for me, finding great books about art can be difficult. Oh, the books exist. Museum gift shops and college libraries are full of them after all. But they also tend… Continue reading 700 Free Art Books from the Guggenheim and Metropolitan Museum of Art
I know that a fair number of readers here are located in the UK, so I want to share an online fundraiser that is raising money to go to residents affected by the recent Grenfell Tower fire. As many of you probably know, a fire ravaged the 24 story Grenfell Tower, a residential building in… Continue reading Authors for Grenfell Tower: Fundraising and Auction
Sometimes library fines can add up. A man returned a book that was overdue by 41 years and had a fine of $299.30. A 47 year overdue book had a fine of $345.14. And other books have been so overdue that libraries give up altogether on collecting fees. (US President George Washington, for example, borrowed The… Continue reading What Happens When a Library Stops Charging Late Fees?
Reading is more dangerous than I thought. Not only is reading while walking cause for concern, but reading in bed may also be a problem. At least people who lived during the 1800’s thought it was. Like cigarettes are today, reading in bed was a fire hazard. People needed candlelight to see. If they drifted… Continue reading According to History, Reading in Bed Makes Me Evil
“Lions at zoos often pace along the sides of their enclosures. They walk the same paths over and over and over again, so many times that they wear deep furrows into the ground. Sometimes they walk those routes because they are anxious. Other times they walk to keep an eye on their territories. And in other… Continue reading Reading While Walking May or May Not End in Disaster
She began to whisper something in my ear. It’s the strangest thing about poetry — you can tell it’s poetry, even if you don’t speak the language. You can hear Homer’s Greek without understanding a word, and you still know it’s poetry. I’ve heard Polish poetry, and Inuit poetry, and I knew what it was… Continue reading Free Neil Gaiman Stories, Cannes, and “How to Talk to Girls at Parties”
I could use a little levity, so today we’re looking back to summer of 2012 when a book labyrinth appeared in London. 2012 was a busy time for London. The city was hosting the Summer Olympics and holding numerous cultural events alongside it. One of those events was Southbank Centre’s Festival of the World. As… Continue reading A Book Labyrinth in London