I recently came across a British sculptor, James Hopkins’ series of 3d collages of bookshelves organized to form images of skulls. Not only are the beautifully interesting, but they make me reconsider the concept of shelving and organization within my home.
Sylvia Plath is probably known best for her emotionally tumultuous poetry, so it’s hard to imagine that she’s also written The Bed Book for children, a collection of poems about, well, beds. Her primary audience really, were her own kids. The original British edition came with illustrations by artist Quentin Blake. It’s a really charming […]
Have you seen the Underground New York Public Library? Well, it’s not an actual library, but a blog featuring NYC subway commuters — with their candid snapshots taken by Ourit Ben-Haim — focused on burying their noses into their books while they travel to their destinations. It’s simply magical.
‘How often you meet folks whose voices delight you!’ chimes the opening line of 1940s instructional illustrated booklet How To Make Friends by Telephone. We love how painfully obvious the advice is, right down to tips like ‘Be sure of the number. If you’re not sure of the number, it’s best to look it up or you may get a wrong number, which irritates you and the person you call by mistake.’ It’s an entertaining read all right.
Remember those books you loved as a child that let you choose your own ending? Well now, Chooseco has brought that idea into the digital age with Choose ‘Toons, an interactive cartoon app that allows children to create their own personalized animated adventure. With the help of Kickstarter, Chooseco hopes to raise $130,000 to fund […]
If you’re after fashion and photography books in London, you’d be pleased to visit Claire de Rouen Books on Charing Cross Road. Occupying an extremely tiny space above a sex shop, they have a broad selection of rare, out-of-print, signed and collector editions books. The bookshop also runs a programme of reading list events called […]
In their book I Used to Be a Design Student: 50 Graphic Designers Then and Now, Billy Kiosoglou and Philippin Frank got designers to reflect on how they have changed since their university days. Surprisingly, most wake up significantly earlier as design practitioners compared to the time when they were design students.
The Public Domain review is an outstanding resource, collecting some of the most fascinating and entertaining pieces of art that have fallen out of copyright’s legal restrictions. This website is full of treasures. One of my personal favorites is this children’s book by Charles Bennett, where a cat exhausts his nine lives. It is charming […]
It’s hot, hot, hot, and the folks at Philadelphia-based book publisher Quirk Books felt it so much, they decided to mash up books with ice cream. Coincidentally, July is National Ice Cream Month. Just the idea of Berry Potter gives us the chortles. Well, laughing lets off heat too, we’re sure.
Amusing responses to the Twitter hashtag #bookswithalettermissing, made more real as book covers with a letter missing from their titles. Everybody, say thanks to Twitter user Shirtless Selfish Darth.
All gloom and despair: that’s what Franz Kafka is known for with his novels and short stories, and the 20th century literary icon can hardly be said to have written any children’s tales in his life. Brooklyn-based writer and video game designer Matthue Roth therefore took it upon himself to adapt Kakfa for children with […]
Ian Doescher delivers the latest quirky take on the original Star Wars Episode IV. Put simply, William Shakespeare’s Star Wars is a mash up of the original Star Wars story line and the writing style of the famous English playwright. Staying true to his inspiration, Doescher recreates our favourite sci-fi journey in full iambic pentameter, […]
Finally, a children’s book about zombies that you can read to the little ones. Written by writer-filmmaker Dan Jacobs and his artist-educator wife Amelia, A Brain is for Eating comes with 40 pages of illustrations by Scott Brundage and instructs kids on how to stalk humans and eat their brains. Now parents who have been […]
New York-based artist Mark Reigelman recently constructed a temporary roost, The Reading Nest, out of 10,000 reclaimed palette boards and staged it as a site-specific installation on the streets of Cleveland, Ohio. The open-top structure is built for humans, so it comes with an open door as well. You can even climb along the stacked […]
Reading between the lines, artist Long Bin Chen has found new meaning in these old books, constructing intricate sculptures from classic texts. A heads up for students at College of Charleston: if you’re going to bring in your signed copy of Lord of the Rings for some light reading, guard it with your life or it’ll be carved into a pair of lips before you can say You Shall Not Pass.