As a longtime fan of humor site McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, I was quite entertained by Mary Harpin’s hilariously-penned Copywriters Without Borders, which lends a thinly-veiled shield of dignity of dirty, dirty copywriting and satirical defense in copywriters’ ability to ‘leave a lasting, positive impact on the world’. It’s just plain funny.
One surefire way to know you love books: you sneak around bookstores and bury your nose in every book you can find, taking in the sweet, heavenly aroma of their pages. But have you ever asked yourself the mysterious and dumbfounding question, ‘what causes the addicting scent of books?’
If you’re in the market for a new book, here’s some sage advice from one of literature’s most influential book reading list advisors, Oprah David Bowie. At the exhibition of ‘David Bowie Is’ at the Art Gallery of Ontario, curators revealed his top 100 must-read book list.
Ali Fitzgerald, who was one of McSweeney’s five 2013 Column Contest winners this year, now has a regular showcase on the online literary zine which sees her coming up with some very entertaining woodcut illustrations revolving around a certain Hungover Bear character and his animal friends every week. It’s all wonderfully wry.
Brand strategist and graphic designer Flora Chan has re-imagined some of the greatest literature classics ever to greet our minds as a series of fine teas. Dubbed the Prologue, the project involves a appropriately-dressed canister with tea blends that sum up each read.
Sometimes finishing a book is hard, not because of the act of reading it, but because, once you’ve read it, what do you read next? Well, here’s a website to help. Type in the book you last read, or a book you have previously enjoyed, and you will be presented with similar books you might […]
The Science Magazine journal recently published a study that shows that reading literary fiction temporarily improves theory of mind — which essentially is the ability to attribute mental states to others and understand that others have different mental states from the self. That’s it, lit fic is good for you. Who would have thought that […]
Clearly Stated, a project of Ian Aleksander Adams and Josué Rivera, is both a literary publication and a collaborative game for the contributors. It’s like a word version of ‘exquisite corpse': the first writer blindly hands over a block of text which omits all formatting (punctuation, line breaks, capital letters) for a second writer to […]
Agustina Woodgate is a master of surprise. She goes targets lonely thrift stores and gives the well-worn clothing new life by sewing poems into them. Known as poetry bombing, Woodgate would rather ask forgiveness than permission as she spreads happiness through literature. Her goal is to make you stop and think by placing art in places one wouldn’t […]
Perfect for culture buffs who love mixing reel worlds from screen and print with reality: a catalog that charts, at a glance, 49 drinks from great works of film and literature. Hannibal Lector’s Chianti makes it to the list of course, and Fredo Corleone’s Banana Daiquiri is something we can’t refuse.
Literary rock-star, Haruki Murakami, released his new book hours ago in a a midnight opening in Tokyo. Only printed in Japanese, the title translates roughly to “Colourless Tsukuru Tazaki and the Year of his Pilgrimage”. For the legions of Murakami devotees who failed to bone up on our Japanese prior to this release, we eagerly […]
The beauty of everything from The-Affair, a London-based design studio with a penchant for literary themes, is their ability to completely transform words (even those books we all hated in school!) into incredible graphics. Take the Mighty Dub print. Admittedly at first – and second and third – glance, this looks like your standard music […]
What better way to heal a physical wound than with a verbally inflicted wound? You can buy a box of these fantastic Shakespeare insult band-aids for only 15 dollars. They have the amazing ability to distract you from your dark, cloudy mood after getting a scrape. ‘Go thou and fill another room in Hell’. There now, don’t […]
I’ve been interested (some would say obsessed) in Locative Literature for a while now. Experiencing a story in the location where the story is set gives audiences that extra layer of immersion. So what could be better than combining this form of literature into a giant QR code made from recycled keyboard keys, and then […]
Illustrator Timothy Leo Taranto has put a hilarious pun spin to literature greats, including David Foster Wallace and Gromit, Vonnugget, The Brontesaurus Sisters, Bob Dillon and Tennissee. Must say, the one of Ernest Lemmingway is quite spot-on.