Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Last Post?

This has been a rough year. And I'm terribly sorry for the inconsistency after a while. My computer went down many times, I lost power for over a week, and last week my little brother died. Perhaps it was not my year to blog.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

"Talk Amongst Your Shelves"

Thanks to hurricane Ike I have not had power until very recently. Here is the promised post that I told you was coming.

When reading isn't enough - why not arrange your books to tell their own story?

"The Sorted Books project began in 1993 years ago and is ongoing. The project has taken place in many different places over the years, ranging form private homes to specialized public book collections. The process is the same in every case: culling through a collection of books, pulling particular titles, and eventually grouping the books into clusters so that the titles can be read in sequence, from top to bottom. The final results are shown either as photographs of the book clusters or as the actual stacks themselves, shown on the shelves of the library they were drawn from. Taken as a whole, the clusters from each sorting aim to examine that particular library's focus, idiosyncrasies, and inconsistencies — a cross-section of that library's holdings."

You can now view other people's sortings here on Flickr.


Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Sorry It Happened Again

I swear I'm not dead.

My computer was fried due to landlord-related negligence involving my electricity.

Stay tuned- I have a post planned.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Attention Kitchen Witches

Well cats and kittens - it's happened again. I am having computer issues. When my power was blown it fried my machine.

On to the post.

After the other days post I did a little more digging and there are quite a few Harry Potter based recipes out there.

Even Betty Crocker has joined forces with Hogwarts and put out their own licorice wand recipe. Nutritional info is even included.

6 ounces vanilla-flavored candy coating (almond bark), chopped
24 licorice twists (any flavor)
Betty Crocker® Decor Selects candy sprinkles, nonpareils or colored sugars

1. Place candy coating in 2-cup microwavable measuring cup. Microwave uncovered on High 1 minute to 1 minute 30 seconds, stirring every 15 seconds, until melted.
2. Dip half of each licorice twist into melted candy coating. Sprinkle with candy sprinkles. Place on waxed paper about 1 hour or until coating is firm.

Here is a site with Harry Potter inspired theme recipes like parchment scrolls, herbology fruit, and licorice wands.

Floo Network, not to be confused with the Food Network, a site that takes its name from Floo Powder has a recipe for Mrs. Weasley's Rock Cakes.

Mrs. Weasley's Rock Cakes


8oz or 2 cups self-raising flour
1/2 tsp salt
4oz or 1 stick of butter
3oz sugar (1/3 cup plus a tbsp)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 oz currants or sultanas (scant 1/3 cup golden raisins)
1 tbsp candied peel
1 egg
2 tbsp milk
caster sugar for dredging (superfine sugar)


1. Put the flour and salt in a mixing bowl and rub in the butter lightly with the fingers until the mix looks like breadcrumbs.
2. Stir in the sugar and dried fruits.
3. Beat the egg with the milk and vanilla, then pour it into the flour and fruit mixture, and mix it up to make a stiff dough.
4. Butter two baking sheets, and drop on tablespoons of the mixture.
5.Roughen the dough lumps with a fork, and dredge with a little castor sugar. (should be enough mix to make 15 - 20 small cakes)
6. Bake in a hot oven, 425F or 220C, for 12-15 minutes, until firm and pale golden. Cool them on a wire rack.

NOTE: They should be crumbly in texture. If they are hard and inedible, like Hagrid's, you mixed the dough for too long or baked them in the oven too long.

Following that recipe on Floo Networks page are recipes for gingerbread newts, pumpkin pasties, treacle (molasses to those of us in the US) fudge, and butter beer.

Another new [to me at least] and interesting site, Potter Parties has a massive list of recipes. The site also has instructions on how to find or plan a Potter party. Here is their recipe for Dobby's delight.

Dobby's Delight


1 cup shortening
9 tablespoons cocoa or 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
11 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 cups confectioners' sugar
1 (12 ounces) carton frozen whipped topping, thawed,divided
2 cups cold milk
1 (3.9 ounces) package instant chocolate pudding mix
1/2 cup chopped pecans, optional

1. Melt shortening and chocolate or cocoa in microwave and transfer to mixing bowl.
2. Blend in sugar, eggs and vanilla.
3. Add flour, salt and baking powder.
4. Pour into a 9x13 pan, with bottom only greased.
5. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes.
6. Cool completely.
7. In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and confectioners' sugar till smooth and light.
8. Fold in 2 cups of whipped topping.
9. Spread over brownies.
10. In another bowl, combine milk and pudding mix.
11. Whisk till smooth and thickening.
12. Refrigerate 5 minutes, then spread over cream cheese layer.
13. Top with remaining whipped topping.
14. Sprinkle with pecans if desired.
15. Keep refrigerated.

This should keep those of you waiting for the movie busy with Harry Potter goodies in the meantime.

Might I even suggest a Harry Potter party when the movie is released on DVD?

Monday, August 18, 2008

Harry Potter Recipes

While you wait for the new Harry Potter movie to come out you can make yourself a few HP treats. For those of you who are hardcore fans, this is OFN, but those of you who have a fondness that does not usually extend to fansites - I've got news. Mugglenet (an HP fansite) offers the below recipes for items mentioned in the series.

Madame Rosmerta's Butterbeer

1 cup (8 oz) club soda or cream soda
1/2 cup (4 oz) butterscotch syrup (ice cream topping)
1/2 tablespoon butter

Measure butterscotch and butter into a 2 cup (16 oz) glass. Microwave on high for 1 to 1½ minutes, or until syrup is bubbly and butter is completely incorporated. Stir and cool for 30 seconds, then slowly mix in club soda. Mixture will fizz quite a bit. Serve in two coffee mugs or small glasses.



Pumpkin Juice

2 cups of pumpkin, chopped up into chunks
2 cups of apple juice
1/2 cup of pineapple juice
1 teaspoon of honey (to taste)
Cinnamon, Ginger, Nutmeg and/or Allspice (all ground, to taste)

Juice the pumpkin pieces by squeezing through a cheesecloth or by using a juicer. Pour the pumpkin juice, apple juice and pineapple juice into a blender. Add the honey and spices, adjusting quantity to taste. Chill or serve over ice.

Treacle Fudge

1/2 cup light cream or evaporated milk
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 ounces of unsweetened chocolate
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/3 cup molasses

In a large bowl, mix cream, brown sugar and salt together, set aside. In a saucepan, melt the chocolate and butter together. Remove from heat and add molasses. Add the chocolate mixtures and cream mixtures together. Pour mixture into a pan and let cool. Cut into squares after cooled and serve.


In fact the food network seems to have a recipe of their own for butter beer.

On my next trip to the grocer I intend to pick up what's needed to make butter beer. If it seems you're interested in the results - please let me know and I will definitely make a post about it. Otherwise, I may not - to avoid boring you.

Anyone who has already tried any of these. I'd love to hear how it went!!


Sunday, August 17, 2008

Trashionista hottness

While perusing one of my favorite sites I came across a great block of information.

The new Harry Potter movie will be delayed. Instead of opening in November it is now slated to come out July of next year. Apparently there are even petitions in circulation to do something about this injustice.

A look at Anthropologies [in store I believe] book decor

I've never seen anything this complex in an Anthropologie. I'm not sure I could handle the pleasure overload though.

Even more pictures of this bookish hottness on Trashionistas source.

And last but not least. How to make your own book rack from a wire coat hanger (despite what Joan Crawford would have said about the matter.)

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Peleg Design - Reflective Book End

If you are even unsure of whether or not the object before you is a book, the reflective book end can help put an end to your woes. Mind you this sweet relief will only come if you stand at a certain angle. The "action" shot is available on the site - and I must say it looks a lot better with books between each end, however I;m not sure if this is an item this particular blogger feels is worth the samoleans.


It's not available yet but click here for watch when it becomes available for purchase.


Wednesday, August 13, 2008

DIY Book Art

An interesting idea - framing a favorite passage of a book. I couldn't bring myself to rip up one of my own babies but perhaps if you had your hands on a book that was nearly in shreds . . .

Monday, August 4, 2008

Insider Kindle Info

For those of us still cryin' ourselves to sleep over the absence of the kindle in our lives. I have news.

Two new editions of the kindles are scheduled to hit stores this coming holiday studio.

"The first is an updated version with the same sized screen, a smaller form factor, and an improved interface. The source told us that Amazon has “skipped three or four generations,” comparing the old Kindle to the 1st gen iPod and the new version to something like the sexy iPod Mini.

The second new model, which is shaped like an 8 1/2 x 11-inch piece of paper, is considerably bigger than the current model and should be available next year."

The need for DIY mod's will decrease with the new option of different colors.

Both of these models will also be geared more towards younger readers (which causes no undue stress for those of use over the age of twenty who read Harry Potter, or Uglies, or anything that falls under the young adult category really.)


Douglas Adams Original Typewriter

For those of you who have a spare $25,000 laying around you could have had Douglas Adams' typewriter.


Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Je suis tellement terriblement désolé

The internet has been cut off at my house so once again I am unable to make regular posts.

I hope to be back very soon.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

A Picture is Worth 1000 Words

I have been holding onto this for a while now having no idea how to post about it. A couple of sketchbooks made their way around a collection of artists in different countries and contributed towards some amazing bookish art that is available for sale.



Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Paris, Paris

I do not usually do book reviews of any sort. But I just read Paris by Andi Watson and Simon Gane and could not be more thrilled. At the conclusion of the book I felt like I was walking out of the nickelodeon after a film that has you in a spell for hours.

There is much to be gained from the experience. The artwork is beautiful - worth scouring each inch of every image. For those who are interested in the French language there are portions of French conversation. There is even a bit of art education to be gained.

In the back you will find an index of paintings mentioned and translations of all French phrases used.


Monday, July 7, 2008

The Power of Books

What's not to love about this idea by Mladen Penev?



While I Look for Something Else New and Interesting to Post About


“Earthling 1, Respekt - Istanbul”, 2005 from the series “Earthling 1” by Warren Neidich.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

It's a letter opener. It's a book. No! It's on sale!

Somehow this just seems appropriate . . .


Get yours here only $8.


I'm not sure if I like this idea or not. For one thing if you're clumsy, or pregnant, or have pets - that seems like an invite for bookhaps (book mishaps.)


But I DO love the way its portrayed in Canadian House & Home



Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Marilyn Monroe Secret Poet?

I've been reading Blonde by Joyce Carol Oats. Which is the story of Marilyn Monroe with certain liberties taken (it is NOT a biography.) I like to fact check interesting things from books I read and it appears Miss Monroe was a bit of a poet. Team Sugar has done a beautiful job covering just this issue. You can read some of her poetries and look as some wonderful pictures as well here:

There is also a book called My Sex Is Ice Cream: The Poetry of Marilyn Monroe which can be purchased at

Dorothy Parker Moment

By Dorothy Parker

Four be the things I am wiser to know:
Idleness, sorrow, a friend, and a foe.

Four be the things I'd been better without:
Love, curiosity, freckles, and doubt.

Three be the things I shall never attain:
Envy, content, and sufficient champagne.

Three be the things I shall have till I die:
Laughter and hope and a sock in the eye.

My source today was the July newsletter for the Dorothy Parker Society

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Greatest DIY Booklamp EVER!

I have been meaning to post about this since the first week I started this blog.


Visit my source for instructions

For those of you following or interested in the progress of how many books I'm reading this year:
Animal Farm
George Orwell

Franz Kafka

Excuse me But I was Next
Peggy Post

Before You Say I Do
Todd Outcault

What I Wish I'd Known Before I got Married
Kay Coles James

12 Books that Changed the World
Melvyn Bragg

The Odyssey

Steven Gilbrar

In the Know
Nancy MacDonnell

The Omnivores Dilemna
Michael Pollan

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

College Bound Reading List

In case any of my readers are college bound - we are half-way through summer. So if you haven't been reading (SHAME ON YOU!!!!) Perhaps it's time you picked up one, or two, or fourteen of these college bound reads:

Anderson, Sherwood
Winesburg, Ohio

Baldwin, James
Go Tell It On the Mountain

Bellamy, Edward
Looking Backward: 2000-1887

Bradbury, Ray
Fahrenheit 451

Cather, Willa
My Antonia

Chopin, Kate
The Awakening

Cormier, Robert
The Chocolate War

Crane, Stephen
The Red Badge of Courage

Dorris, Michael
A Yellow Raft in Blue Water

Ellison, Ralph
Invisible Man

Faulkner, William
As I Lay Dying

Fitzgerald, F. Scott
The Great Gatsby

Gaines, Ernest
The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman

Hawthorne, Nathaniel
The Scarlet Letter

Heller, Joseph

Hemingway, Ernest
A Farewell to Arms

Hurston, Zora Neale
Their Eyes Were Watching God

Kesey, Ken
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Lee, Harper
To Kill a Mockingbird

London, Jack
Call of the Wild

McCullers, Carson
The Member of the Wedding

Melville, Herman

Morrison, Toni

Parks, Gordon
The Learning Tree

Plath, Sylvia
The Bell Jar

Poe, Edgar Allan
Great Tales and Poems

Salinger, J.D.
The Catcher in the Rye

Sinclair, Upton
The Jungle

Steinbeck, John
The Grapes of Wrath

Stowe, Harriet Beecher
Uncle Tom's Cabin

Twain, Mark
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

For more summer reads go to my source for this particular list


Want to Date a Librarian?

For those of you wondering what the do's and don't of picking up a librarian are:

Ever hear of the Librarian Fetish?

The tightly buttoned-up attire, the perma-scowl, the hair in the bun. And the cateyes. There's just something about those specs.

Nobody can be so repressed all the time, can they? Hence the genesis of the fetish: anybody that repressed must be equally wild behind the scenes, or so the fantasy goes.

Well then, for all you people out there who suffer the Librarian Fetish and dream of what happens when the bun comes down ...

... this is the post for you.

How To Pick Up A Librarian

Don't try to pick them up in the library. Big no-no. Most are so focussed on the heavy workload of checkins/checkouts, reorganizing books in return carts, and reading Hollywood gossip online, that they more than likely won't recognize what it is you are trying to do.

Do get yourself over to an off-site librarian hangout. Skip the local bars, you won't find any librarians there. The surplus of exposed cleavage which has made the club scene famous tends to intimidate the buttoned-up librarian types. Instead, head to a Librarian Bar ... otherwise known as a bookstore with a Starbucks inside.

Don't try the usual pickup lines. If you've ever been in a library, you will know that librarians generally do not care about their outward appearance and make minimal effort to look pretty. Ergo, any lines formulated around the concept of their physical appearance will go relatively unnoticed.

Do compliment their tastes, be it the books they have in hand, or the equisite detail on the rims of their cateye spectacles. But be warned: librarians are behind the times and still see themselves as the gatekeepers of the world's information access, Internet be damned. By extension, they love knowledgable people. If you don't know your books, your MARC, or your Hollywood gossip, better luck next time, pal.

Don't be "all that". Librarians don't care how much money you make, largely because we don't make enough to really care about it ourselves. That and a large percentage of librarians live inside the Great Bubble of Altruism, believing in what they do above all else. In their minds, your six-figure Executive VP CEO-track position is nothing compared to their for-the-betterment-of-society responsibilities.

Do speak highly of as many non-profit organizations as you can, especially those centred around literacy and children's education. If you drop the props at the right time, and in the right amount, you will see that bun begin to slip.

Don't mention how much you love the convenience of the Internet, or the thought of a paperless (and therefore bookless) society. In fact, if your job is based around making information more accessible to the average person (rendering librarians redundant in the process), you may as well head home now and start looking for a new fetish.

Do mention your strong hatred of Everything Google, even if this is a flat-out lie. Hey, we all lie when we're trying to pick up anyway, so what's the difference? For some odd reason, librarians get really excited whenever something bad is said about Google. It's the librarian's equivalent to Spanish Fly. Seriously.

Don't mention the overdues you have at your library, or the time you were kicked out for screaming at staff over the $2 per day DVD fines. This should go without saying.

Do speak in code, wherever possible. In other words, learn a little LC or Dewey, same as you would learn a little French if you were going to Quebec with the intention of picking up. If you can manage to successfully work a little 821.008 in there, you're golden, baby.

A final tip:
If you look like Johnny Depp, even just a little bit, you won't have to do a thing; the librarians will come to you. This is a truism across the board. Don't ask me why - it just is.

So if you find yourself feeling that Bunhead itch, hit up your nearest bookstore/coffeeshop mashup, stake out the Reference, Mystery, and Romance aisles, and get ready to rip that juke joint in two.

Use these tips properly, and you will see for yourself the freaky-deeky hiding beneath the bun.


Monday, June 23, 2008

The Name of This Book is A Secret

I am terribly sorry I have not been posting much. I am in the throws of wedding planning with no help from anyone else and the date is August 2nd - so much to do!

Now on to my post.

Recently I finished the book Middlesex. I must say I am not entirely sure what the obsession with this book is. I liked the 2nd half much better than the 1st. My favorite portion was when the notion of the girl crush is brought to light.

The girl-crush is something so many females get and none admit to. Over at the Clothes Horse the (shared by many including yours truly) admission of a girl crush on someone a few of us have come to know as "Louise the Redhead."

There are other things people choose not to regularly admit to - secret reads if you will. Trashionista not unlike the Clothes Horse has the cohones to admit her secret read.

A secret read can be defined as something "worthy and fashionable" when instead they are enjoying a "children's book or a bodice-ripping romance".

My own personal secret read will be revealed once I figure out what on earth it may be.

And as a personal comment to le trashionista I say. We still love you over here no matter what you read shuga.


Thursday, June 19, 2008

I'm Late in Learning About This - Perhaps You Are As Well

VIENNA, Austria (AP) -- This isn't the typical whispering you might expect to hear at a library.

Vienna's City Hall has launched a "sex hotline" to raise money for the capital's main public library, officials said Tuesday.

It's unusual, but it's not particularly raunchy: Callers pay 39 euro cents (53 U.S. cents) a minute to listen to an actress read breathless passages from erotica dating to the Victorian era.

City Hall set up the hotline earlier this month to help the library raise cash for planned remodeling and expansion, Austrian media reported.

Anne Bennent, a famous Austrian stage and film star, reads passages from the Vienna library's collection of 1,200 works of erotic fiction from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, the library said.

Officials said the hotline would be operational through May 31.


Charitable Donations

Public Library for UO Darfur Heart Tee from Urban Outfitters


Designed exclusively for Urban Outfitters by Public Library, the graphic on this t-shirt is hoped to raise awareness of the crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan. In washed-soft and faded jersey; Cut with a v-neck and finished with a graphic message at the front. $5 from the purchase of every tee goes to Exclusive to Urban Outfitters. Made in the USA. Machine wash.

When searching the word "library" on urban outfitters website five items will come up.None of them are to my particular taste but I felt that it was worth the mention.

For those of you out there who have a drawer full of old glasses you may consider donating them to the Give the Gift of Sight Foundation. Your old glasses will go to those who need them in developing countries.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

The Sun Also Rises

I have no idea if this is meant to be how it looks to a bibliophile - I also don't care.


Available from for $98

Monday, June 16, 2008

Notebook Pride

The computer may nearly be fixed. There are still some things to work on but I wanted to check back in on you dear readers.

In an earlier post I mentioned Penguins deck chairs. It would seem they are offering their own moleskin-esque notebooks with favourite titles on them.


Aside from you and I here is who else has just got to have it: Source

Recently Finished:
The Magicians Nephew
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

C.S. Lewis

Sylvia Plath

Stephenie Meyers

What Would Audrey Do?
Pamela Clarke Keogh

Don't Be That Girl
Travis Stork

Unfortunate English
William Brohaugh

The Gilded Tongue
Rod Evans

Lost in Austen
Emma Campell Webster

Eat This, Not That
David Zinczenko

Where the Wild Things Are

Maurice Sendack

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Computer Fall Down Go Boom

I have run into some electrical issues at my house. It seems everything on the upper floor is on the same breaker. The power cuts out frequently. My computer has also been possessed by the spirit of annoyance - and is not working properly. On top of all this I need to buckle down and do more wedding planning since the date this August. I will do my best to keep things posted from my school in the meantime.

Recently Finished:
TinTin in America
TinTin in the Congo


The Chocolate War
Robert Cormier

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Holy Librarian Batman!


Writers Rooms - A View

I've never understood the fascination some seem to have with looking into peoples medicine cabinets. However, when it comes to certain writers I could see why you'd feel the urge to sneak a peak.

At the moment I haven't dug out the contents of writers medicine cabinets for you (but we never know what the future will hold.) But as an extension of when I posted about authors bedrooms and desks I've grabbed a few (writing spaces) out of a deliciously lengthy list of writers to choose from.

Colm Tóibín

George Bernard Shaw

Anne Enright

Margaret Forster

David Harsent

Adam Philips

Jung Chang
Check out the sculpture over the bookcase

Craig Raine

Adam Thirlwell

Hanif Kureishi

Will Self
I LOVE the wall of post-it's.

And I saved the best for last.

Beryl Bainbridge
Excuse my while I drown in my own droooooolllll . . . .
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Recently Finished:
Go Ask Alice

The Metamorphisis
Franz Kafka

The Little Prince
Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The Yellow Wallpaper
Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Howliday Inn
The Celery Stalks at Midnight

Deborah Howe

A Wrinkle in Time
Madeleine L'Engle

New Moon
Stephenie Meyer

The Adventures of TinTin: Land of the Soviets

These will now bring the total number of books I am certain have been read this year to . . . 91

Monday, June 2, 2008

My Pen Name is Trudy Alverston What's Yours?

While rooting around on the net researching grave sites for authors as well as literary destinations I found this, a pen name generator courtesy of Ohio reading road trip.

Here are a few names that came up for me:
Trudy Alverston
Trudy Acostan
Twyla Attaway
Tailynn Audley

Another pen name generator
This one gives you options depending on what sort of writer you wish to be
This random name generator doesn't even require you type in a name. Just click the link.

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Ver De Livre is Getting Married

Last Wednesday my boyfriend proposed. The wedding date has already been set. And it is not very far off in the future at all. I have chosen to do a somewhat literary theme for my wedding (quel surpise.)

I intend to use the library card invite idea myself. Which meant further investigation was warranted.

Papertrail over at Etsy has a flirty card that some of you may decide to remember for valentines day.

Also on wonderful Etsy I found save the date cards that I adored. I am considering using this as possible inspiration for my final design.

Recently finished
Stephenie Meyer

Friday, May 30, 2008

Books As Art Part Deux

I was asked once about where you can purchase some of the book art I mentioned here

As you may notice if you follow the link I got a comment back from someone who can help you with that.

The comment:
We were pleased to see Georgia Russell's work on your site and also noticed that one of your readers wanted to know where to find 'books like these'. Some of the books are from our website as we represent Georgia Russell and have held several exhibitions of her work at our London gallery. She is currently working towards an exhibition with us early next year and we always have some of her work at the gallery. See

There you have it ladies and germs!

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Tess Of The D'Urbervilles

The other day after posting about I decided to abandon my plan of reading 300 books in one year. I feel I wasn't spending quality time absorbing things the way I should. And when it comes to literature or great food and wine - that's just heresy.


Recently I added Tess of the D'Urbevilles to my must read list. It seems that the BBC will be turning this into a tv show. Despite my not living in the UK - this pushes the book up my reading list.

Cast details:
Gemma Arterton (James Bond: Quantum Of Solace, St Trinian’s) stars as Tess
Hans Matheson (The Virgin Queen, Dr Zhivago) plays Alec
Eddie Redmayne (Elizabeth: The Golden Age) is Angel
Jodie Whittaker (Venus) plays Izzy
Ruth Jones (Gavin And Stacey, Saxondale) as Tess’s mother Joan
Anna Massey (Oliver Twist, The Importance Of Being Earnest) is Mrs D’Urberville.

Add this to the list of classic novels that BBC has decided to improve the idiot box experience.


A Post for Wallflowers

Sorry for the delay in todays post. I spent the day hiding out at Barnes & Noble reading Twilight. is simply taking to long to deliver my copy so I decided to dig in elsewhere while I wait.

Ever wish you could blend into the wall for one reason or another? Desiree Palmen has figured out how to do so in the most bookish of ways.


Visit the source to see more of her camouflage photography

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Take the Word with You Everywhere You Go

Nanette Lepore does it again. Only this time for Keds (read - more affordable) with her Champion shoe.

Grab yours at Zappos for $64

She has also designed a script print sandal for Keds (note - it is sold out on the Keds site)

Another Secret Room

I cannot wait until I can have one of these of my own. And now thanks to Hidden Passageway I don't have to DIY.


Tuesday, May 27, 2008


Last week the teaser poster for Chuck Palahniuk's Choke was released.

Choke Movie Poster

This week the trailer has been released.

If you haven't already - READ IT!

Moleskins and Men

Men - they're out there and the good ones are literate. However, I have no idea how many read my blog. But since this is a distinct possibility I wanted to post this top 100 list of reads for men that I found while I was reading Hitting on Girls in Bookstores.

The other week I posted about the moleskin. Well so did the blogger running the above mentioned blog. I thought it was hysterical (although his venom at the end about pens makes me sad.)


A Moleskine is a tiny black book that writers have been using for centuries, apparently. Before I even get to my next sentence I'm going to go ahead and tell you that I do own one. But there's a difference between owning one and writing in it and owning one and using it in public (for instance, I'm not an attention whore).

Moleskine, to me, says "I think I'm a fucking genius who doesn't have to use a laptop or a dollar notebook from Walmart."* It says "I am so 19th century and have decided to rebel against those pricks at Starbucks who use machines that require an outlet. My Moleskine has a ribbon place holder and you can't plug that shit into an outlet, that's how hardcore I am."

The person who uses a
Moleskine in public wants to be approached! That way they can tell you what they're putting in it! Because it's so damned important for others to know that "I'm a serious writer. Look how serious I am! I'm using an expensive notebook! And it has a pocket!"

Using a
Moleskine makes it appear that you put too much thought into what tools you're using to write, as opposed to just writing. And if that person goes into a spiel about how Neil Gaiman uses one, well, then, you're not Neil Gaiman and he can do whatever the hell he wants because he's Neil Gaiman.

If you want someone to read what you write: don't use a
Moleskine; get a blog and rant about how Moleskine users piss you off.

*And the pens these people use, oh, the pen can sometimes cost more than the notebook.
Note: Mine was a gift and has never left my house.

While you're there I recommend reading his post titled Pride & Arrogance (and the asshole way)

In A Library

A precious, mouldering pleasure 't is
To meet an antique book,
In just the dress his century wore;
A privilege, I think,

His venerable hand to take,
And warming in our own,
A passage back, or two, to make
To times when he was young.

His quaint opinions to inspect,
His knowledge to unfold
On what concerns our mutual mind,
The literature of old;

What interested scholars most,
What competitions ran
When Plato was a certainty.
And Sophocles a man;

When Sappho was a living girl,
And Beatrice wore
The gown that Dante deified.
Facts, centuries before,

He traverses familiar,
As one should come to town
And tell you all your dreams were true;
He lived where dreams were sown.

His presence is enchantment,
You beg him not to go;
Old volumes shake their vellum heads
And tantalize, just so.

Library Pick Up LInes

Mind if I check you out?

I bet you have quite a nice book worm!

Are you a librarian? Well I really need to be shushed!

Damn... you have more hard covers than my private stash

Have you heard the one about the librarian with more stacks than she could handle?

No one believes I am a librarian, maybe you should try to check me out.

You have the tightest hair bun in the place.

Let's play search engine: enter your terms and see if you get positive results.

I'd catalog you under "Desirable!"

You're the hottest one I've checked out all week.

So... they say Dewey had a harem, care to help me start mine?

They say you're like a public library, anyone with a card can check you out.

I may not be a cataloger, but I bet I can find a place to fit you in.

So is it true academic librarians only let scholars in?

My mom was a librarian, she taught me every should have access to my stacks

What's you cutter number baby?

Playing doctor is for kids! Let's play librarian.

Do you mind if I use my Dewey Decimal on you?

Hey baby, let's play library, you can be the door and I'll slam you!

Do you know the difference between sex and The LC Subject Headings?
(No?) Do you want to go up to my room?

Are you a librarian? So then you can believe in open access to your stacks?

So when's the last time you were "on the desk"

My fingers are quite strong from typing all day.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Good Reads

Last night I learned of another fabulous site. Good reads.

You can put together lists of what you have read, what you want to read, what you are busy reading, or create your own listing. What's so great about that? You can invite your friends or meet people there.

Once you locate a person you may like to make friends with you can view all their "shelves" (the lists I mentioned before.) If that's not enough for you, you can also compare your lists and ratings with other members when you view their profiles.

Here is the profile link for myself (currently public - may switch to private at some later time.)

Good reads - is what your friends are reading!

Be Like Me - Find a Reason to Make Every Day a Party!

Perhaps the post about towel day peaked your literary holiday curiosity (what sort of phrase was that?) Anyhow. I did some digging just for you ma' babies.

By the way it seems this month is National Under-Appreciated Librarian Month as well as Get Caught Reading Month

Library Lovers month - February
National Book Month - October
National Library Week--4th week in April
Reading is Fun Week--4th week in April
Read a New Book Month--December
Read Me Day--April 23
On this day, wear clothes that everyone can read.
National Storytelling Festival--October 5
Tell a Story Day--April 27
Read an Almanac Month--July
Dictionary Day--October 16
Card Reading Day--February 21
National Columnists Day--June 27
Humorists Are Artists Too Month (HAAM)--March
Be Kind to Editors and Writers Month--September
Poetry Month--March
Great Poetry Reading Day--April 28
Bad Poetry Reading Day--August 18
Limerick Day--May 12
Clerihew Day--July 10
Mother Goose Day--May 1
Winnie the Pooh Day--January 18
Paul Bunyan Day--June 28
Tom Sawyer Fence Painting Day--July 4
Tolkien Week--Last week in September
Hobbit Day--September 22
Alfred Hitchcock Day--March 12
Eliza Doolittle Day--May 20
Dear Diary Day--September 22
Plan Your Epitaph Day--November 1

List of Authors birthdays

Thanks to Today in Literature you can literally become more aware of bookish history ;)

I also turned up the calendar of literary facts. Just click on the month and day you wish to know more about and there you have it.

Literary significance of each month in the year

Sunday, May 25, 2008


Sister site to Trashionista which I mentioned the other week who flatteringly mentioned my post on what celebs can be found reading has also apparently noted my appearance on the blogging scene.

Thank you BridalWave I love you too:

Library-themed wedding invitations

Invite03-1.jpgWhen Southern California public librarian Scott Douglas, author of McSweeney's Dispatches from a Public Librarian column and the memoir Quiet, Please, married a library assistant, they somewhat inevitably created library-themed wedding invitations that I can't look at without smiling.

Did they fine guests who arrived late, I wonder...

[via Petit ver épicurien de livre]

Related: Martha Stewart's Typewriter guest book | "Hitched" pendant | Macdonald Berystede - wedding ceremony and reception venue


Appropriately today is also Nerd Pride Day. A day celebrating the right for each and every one of us to embrace our geek or nerdiness.

This particular holiday only began in 2006 in celebration of the premier of the 1st Star Wars movie in 1977.


It's that time of year again. May 25th - towel day. Celebrated every year t this time as a tribute to the late author Douglas Adams.

Towel day 1st began in 2001. It was held to demonstrate fans mourning the passing of Adams.

Douglas Adams' own ode to a towel:

A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitch hiker can have. Partly it has great practical value - you can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapours; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a mini raft down the slow heavy river Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or to avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (a mindboggingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can't see it, it can't see you - daft as a bush, but very, very ravenous); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.

More importantly, a towel has immense psychological value. For some reason, if a strag (strag: non-hitch hiker) discovers that a hitch hiker has his towel with him, he will automatically assume that he is also in possession of a toothbrush, face flannel, soap, tin of biscuits, flask, compass, map, ball of string, gnat spray, wet weather gear, space suit etc., etc. Furthermore, the strag will then happily lend the hitch hiker any of these or a dozen other items that the hitch hiker might accidentally have "lost". What the strag will think is that any man who can hitch the length and breadth of the galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through, and still knows where his towel is is clearly a man to be reckoned with.

The original article that began towel day from Binary Freedom:

Towel Day: A Tribute to Douglas Adams
Monday May 14, 2001 06:00am PDT

Douglas Adams will be missed by his fans worldwide. So that all his fans everywhere can pay tribute to this genius, I propose that two weeks after his passing (May 25, 2001) be marked as "Towel Day". All Douglas Adams fans are encouraged to carry a towel with them for the day, and preferably quote the popular books and television series constantly..

So long Douglas, and thanks for all the fish!

D Clyde Williamson, 2001-05-14


Towel day links of note:

Wikihow to celebrate towel day

Towelini - another good resource for all your towel day needs