Copywriters Without Borders

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Sunday 8 June 2014

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.

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Science explains what causes the smell of new and old books

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Thursday 5 June 2014

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?’

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Must-read books, according to David Bowie

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Music on Monday 3 March 2014

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.

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Hungover Bear and Friends: drawings by Ali Fitzgerald

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By Low Lai Chow in New Illustration on Monday 11 November 2013

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.

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Classic literature reimagined as tea containers

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Monday 11 November 2013

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.

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This website heps you choose what to read next

Jake Sheridan Contributor

By Jake Sheridan in Cool Websites on Thursday 31 October 2013

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 […]

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Science proves literature improves the mind

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Wednesday 9 October 2013

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 […]

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Clearly Stated by Ian Aleksander Adams and Josué Rivera

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By Nathan Marsh in Cool Websites on Tuesday 13 August 2013

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 […]

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Poetry bombing by Agustina Woodgate

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in New Trends on Thursday 27 June 2013

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 […]

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Cocktail Chart of Film and Literature

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Friday 7 June 2013

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.

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Murakami releases his new book at midnight in Tokyo

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By Nathaniel G. Janowitz in New Events on Friday 12 April 2013

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 […]

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From the LAEM Store: The-Affair’s The Mighty Dub Print

Alison Shepard Contributor

By Alison Shepard in New Products on Friday 15 March 2013

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 […]

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Shakespeare Insults heal any wound

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in New Products on Wednesday 6 March 2013

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 […]

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1Story: a locative literature project by Melbourne’s Matt Blackwood

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By Matt Blackwood in New Art on Sunday 3 March 2013

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 […]

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Literary puns by Timothy Leo Taranto

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By Low Lai Chow in New Illustration on Tuesday 22 January 2013

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.

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