Posts tagged books
Posts tagged books
If you work with kids from low-income neighborhoods, First Book can help you get brand-new, high-quality books.
This is how income inequality happens. Read to your kids, people! And donate to First Book, while you’re at it.
I usually write a post about the American Library Association’s top ten list of the banned, pulled, contested, and challenged books in American libraries every year, because more often than not the list is a lovely illustration of how our society is disproportionately uncomfortable with stories by women and minorities when they actually talk about their experiences as women or minorities.
But this year everything’s pretty equitably awful. In fact, this is the first time since 2008 that male authors on the ALA list have outnumbered their distaff counterparts. Hooray?
Favorite Movies (in no particular order) - The Last Unicorn (1982)You can find the others if you are brave. They passed down all the roads long ago, and the Red Bull ran close behind them and covered their footprints.
“Books are the perfect entertainment: no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent. What I wonder is why everybody doesn’t carry a book around for those inevitable dead spots in life.”
I’ll trade you A Separate Peace for a Fahrenheit 451.
sums up my relationship with libraries to a tee
a book fountain in Budapest
this is one of the coolest fountains I’ve ever seen
#You and I remember Budapest very differently. #That’s because you were too fascinated by the book fountain to notice anything else. #TASHA. IT WAS A FOUNTAIN THAT LOOKED LIKE A /BOOK./ #I know I was there— #BUT DO YOU REALLY KNOW?
Holly Black, Black Heart.
dedicated to a certain someone.
I love this bit and am so chuffed to see someone quoting it.
“Using knives, tweezers and surgical tools, Brian Dettmer carves one page at a time. Nothing inside the out-of-date encyclopedias, medical journals, illustration books, or dictionaries is relocated or implanted, only removed.
Dettmer manipulates the pages and spines to form the shape of his sculptures. He also folds, bends, rolls, and stacks multiple books to create completely original sculptural forms.
“My work is a collaboration with the existing material and its past creators and the completed pieces expose new relationships of the book’s internal elements exactly where they have been since their original conception,” he says.”
Yes, but does YOUR office have an orange refrigerator full of Penguin Classics?
I’m pissed as hell at Penguin right now for refusing to allow libraries to loan eBooks, but I’ll admit this is cute. But I wouldn’t pay a single penny for it, since they’ve proven they don’t want my business.
Whenever people my age are talking about the ways technology changed their lives, the conversation almost always shifts to libraries, and more specifically, the card catalog. It bears the weight of being the most upfront and antiquated example of how tedious life without computers used to be.
The card catalog was miserable. To be honest, I don’t even really remember how it worked. I know the files were organized alphabetically…but were they by title, or author, or subject? I’m vaguely recalling that it was all three. It’s amazing we ever found anything.
When computers finally started to creep into the library in my town to replace the card catalogs, it created all sorts of controversy. But not for the reasons you might imagine.