How to make friends by telephone: a 1940s step by step guide

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Saturday 24 August 2013

‘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.

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Choose Your Own Adventure goes online, makes it impossible to cheat

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By Rebekah Rhoden in Tech on Monday 19 August 2013

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 […]

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Claire de Rouen Books in London

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By Takeshi Suga in Cool Travel on Monday 19 August 2013

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 […]

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Graphic designers wake up earlier than before

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By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Wednesday 14 August 2013

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.

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The Nine Lives of a Cat: a Tale of Wonder

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By Nathan Marsh in New Art on Tuesday 13 August 2013

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 […]

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If books turned into ice cream

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Wednesday 31 July 2013

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.

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Books with one letter missing as illustrated book covers

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Monday 29 July 2013

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.

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My First Kafka: a kid’s book with macabre illustrations

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By Low Lai Chow in New Illustration on Saturday 27 July 2013

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 […]

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Original Star Wars story line mashed up with Shakespeare

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By Sean Alves in New Art on Tuesday 23 July 2013

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, […]

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For zombie kids: Children’s book on how to hunt brains

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By Low Lai Chow in New Illustration on Wednesday 3 July 2013

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 […]

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Massive reading nest for humans on Ohio streets

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By Low Lai Chow in News on Saturday 29 June 2013

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 […]

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Long Bin Chen’s book-based sculptures

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By Milan Topalovic in New Art on Friday 21 June 2013

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.

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The Little Free Library in New York

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By Cheyenne Tulsa in New Trends on Friday 21 June 2013

Presented by Sterotank, and in collaboration with the Architectural League of New York and The Pen World Voices Festival, The Little Free Library is a temporary installation that allows passerbyers to read books as often as they please. The weatherproof library stands freely in the street while surrounding tables and chairs are avaliable for you to sit down and, well, read.

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Love & Misadventure: a collection of poetry and short prose by Lang Leav

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By Lang Leav in New Products on Tuesday 11 June 2013

Writing has always been my greatest love. It was my passion for storytelling that led to other creative pursuits; from creating an award winning fashion label, to exhibiting my artworks around the world. However, in all my creative adventures, I never forgot my love of words. It was this burning desire that drove me to […]

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Electronically luminescent sculptures by Airan Kang

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By Angela Sofo in New Art on Thursday 6 June 2013

This is a really illuminated approach to art, a brilliantly novel idea created by South Korean artist, Airan Kang. Bright Books are ‘electronically luminescent sculptures cast from transparent synthetic resin’ and were made for her Luminous Words series. To realize this work, Kang traveled around the world to visit and photograph numerous bookstores and libraries in order to then recreate each environment in digitized versions. 

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