Posts tagged with ‘books

Cosplay of the day: Photographer Cambridge Jones gets famous authors to dress as their favorite characters from literature
Not just characters they created, but any characters in all of literature. Above is Terry Pratchett dressed as William from the series of “Just William” short stories. I couldn’t decide between that one or the photo of Neil Gaiman dressed as Badger from Wind in the Willows.
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Cosplay of the day: Photographer Cambridge Jones gets famous authors to dress as their favorite characters from literature

Not just characters they created, but any characters in all of literature. Above is Terry Pratchett dressed as William from the series of “Just William” short stories. I couldn’t decide between that one or the photo of Neil Gaiman dressed as Badger from Wind in the Willows.

See more photos here

That time Maurice Sendak almost illustrated a version of The Hobbit
In 1967, shortly after illustrating a Tolstoy novel and four years after his iconic Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak was commissioned to illustrate a 30th anniversary edition of Tolkien’s The Hobbit (the original edition of which the author had illustrated himself). However, the project fell through and this drawing is the only surviving Sendak illustration from it.
Complement with Tolkien’s own little-known art.
(via Open Culture)

That time Maurice Sendak almost illustrated a version of The Hobbit

In 1967, shortly after illustrating a Tolstoy novel and four years after his iconic Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak was commissioned to illustrate a 30th anniversary edition of Tolkien’s The Hobbit (the original edition of which the author had illustrated himself). However, the project fell through and this drawing is the only surviving Sendak illustration from it.

Complement with Tolkien’s own little-known art.

(via Open Culture)

Help bring Reading Rainbow back with Kickstarter funds

Some things are just worth supporting. I grew up with this show and to this day I would say it was a huge influence in my desire to read. While it has already met it’s million dollar goal let’s try and push it to keep the program going for years to come.

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Ken Kesey’s son is planning a sequel to his dad’s legendary acid-fueled bus journey, only this one will be funded via Kickstarter

Ken Kesey’s 1964 drug-fueled trip from California to New York with a group of friends on a psychedelic bus named “Further” has become a cornerstone of 1960s counterculture legend. The One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest author was on his way to NYC anyway for the debut of a new novel, so he got some people together dubbed “The Merry Pranksters” and they drove across America, freaking out the normals in the process. Now in 2014, Kesey’s son, Zane is looking to re-create the journey, funded in the 21st century way— through Kickstarter.

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NASA has released a free ebook on communicating with aliens

Titled Archaeology, Anthropology and Interstellar Communication and edited by SETI Director of Interstellar Message Composition Douglas Vakoch, the document draws on “issues at the core of contemporary archaeology and anthropology” to prepare us “for contact with an extraterrestrial civilization, should that day ever come.”

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Neil Patrick Harris wants you to be the star of his autobiography

Neil Patrick Harris has an autobiography coming out this fall, but unlike most autobiographies and memoirs, Doogie’s is going to be a choose-your-own-adventure style book, allowing you to make or not make some of the same choices as NPH.

"You will decide whether to try out for Doogie Howser, M.D.. You will decide whether to spend years struggling with your sexuality. You will decide what kind of caviar you want to eat on board Elton John’s yacht," it promises…

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Hurry up and use those B&N gift cards, because in a year, Barnes & Noble could be no more

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Just a few years ago, talking about the demise of Barnes & Noble would have seemed ludicrous— they were expanding rapidly, getting into the e-reader market and seemed to be unstoppable, even as other bookstore chains were shutting down thanks to the likes of Amazon. But starting in 2012, B&N started closing 20 stores a year as profits started to dry up. And now in 2014, many are predicting that by this time next year, Barnes & Noble will have joined the mas grave of so many national bookstore chains before it. Remember Waldenbooks? Borders? Thanks, internet, you’ve killed off another place for homeless people to sleep.

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E-book scanning OCR software apparently can’t tell the difference between your “arms” and your “anus”

With ebooks exploding all over Amazon, and with a broader proliferation of the availability and price of scanners with OCR (optical character recognition) software, it’s made turning paper books into electronic books easy peasy. But most of these ebook translations aren’t properly edited, and so OCR mistakes like accidentally reading the word “arms” in older, slightly smudgy books as “anus” go completely uncorrected, making for some hilarious ebook translations of romance novels.

From the title Matisse on the Loose: “When she spotted me, she flung her anus high in the air and kept them up until she reached me. ‘Matisse. Oh boy!’ she said. She grabbed my anus and positioned my body in the direction of the east gallery and we started walking.”

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Website of the day: Explore the world of Game of Thrones, Google Maps style
This isn’t the first GoT/Song of Ice and Fire interactive maps, but it’s certainly the most comprehensive, showing you not just places and events, but allowing you to sort by book, by character and character path. Incredible work.
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Website of the day: Explore the world of Game of Thrones, Google Maps style

This isn’t the first GoT/Song of Ice and Fire interactive maps, but it’s certainly the most comprehensive, showing you not just places and events, but allowing you to sort by book, by character and character path. Incredible work.

Link

Statue of Edgar Allan Poe with a giant raven will be unveiled in Boston in October 2014, will be totally epic and might start a land war between Boston and Baltimore
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Statue of Edgar Allan Poe with a giant raven will be unveiled in Boston in October 2014, will be totally epic and might start a land war between Boston and Baltimore

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