Saturday, May 31, 2008
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.
Friday, May 30, 2008
As you may notice if you follow the link I got a comment back from someone who can help you with that.
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 www.englandgallery.com
There you have it ladies and germs!
Thursday, May 29, 2008
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.
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.
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
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)
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
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).
The 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)
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.
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
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!
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
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
Thank you BridalWave I love you too:
Library-themed wedding invitations
When 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...
This particular holiday only began in 2006 in celebration of the premier of the 1st Star Wars movie in 1977.
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!
Towel day links of note:
Wikihow to celebrate towel day
Towelini - another good resource for all your towel day needs
No - I did not pull this photo from the internet. I took this myself.
No - I do not live in this particular town. I was just there for the festivities.
Confederacy of Dunces
John Kennedy Toole
Monday, May 19, 2008
Real Name: Nelson Gruber
First Appearance: SleepWalker 4 What's His Problem? Nelson Gruber was an industrious, if insecure, psych graduate student at Metropolitan University who was conducting sleep experiments for his graduate advisor. One patient, Rick Sheridan, exhibited a brainwave pattern Gruber'd never seen. He fed the patterns into a computer and magnified it a millionfold to better study it. However, the computer overloaded and knocked Gruber unconscious. When he awoke he discovered he had the ability to transform written text into material form. He became unhinged and soon decided to get revenge on fellow student Whitney Cooper III for ditching him. He lost grip with reality, thinking he was unstoppable.
Abilities: See, the brain patterns Gruber recorded were actually the other dimensional being known as SleepWalker leaving Rick's brain. When the computer overloaded, shocking Gruber, it allowed him draw energy from the Mindscape (SleepWalker's home dimension) and transform it into physical form. As well, Gruber was apparently a gifted psych student and computer technician.
Weapons: Oh, tomes, texts, novels, encyclopedias, collected works, scrolls, documents, scripts, magazines, pamphlets, or, I dunno, books maybe?
Favorite Quote: "I am the Bookworm! And mine is the power of the printed word!" (SleepWalker 4)
Heroes He Keeps Running Into: Since SleepWalker was the accidental cause for his powers, they're a natural combination.
People Who Think He's Not So Bad: Alyssa Conover (the girlfriend of SleepWalker's human host Rick Sheridan) thought Gruber was a nice enough guy at first to hang out with him when he was feeling low. And while she may have aided in his eventual capture by SleepWalker by handing him a book with empty pages, she was doing it merely to help him since she thought he was losing grip with reality.
Most Despicable Act: Easily, one of the first manifestations of his power was his most despicable act. Angry at Cooper for ditching him while he went on a date, leaving Gruber to do all the work Gruber summoned up several Amazon warriors who beat and tortured Cooper. All this because Gruber was feeling under appreciated, yeesh! You'd think the guy would have just told their graduate advisor.
Bookworm (about the Dynamic Duo): "Our bats have flown the belfry and are still squeaking."
Bookworm: "My brain-drenched mind has done it again!"
Bookworm (about Bruce Wayne): "This fellow is almost as obnoxious as Batman."
The Bookworm played by Roddy McDowell, only appeared in 2 episodes. Episodes 29 (The Bookworm Turns) & 30 (While Gotham Burns).
Shown here with side-kick Lydia Limpet
This reminds me a little of Penny from the Inspector Gadget cartoons
Sunday, May 18, 2008
"The sight of the little madeleine had recalled nothing to my mind before I tasted it...." but "....as soon as I had recognized the taste of the piece of madeleine soaked in her decoction of lime-blossom which my aunt used to give me .... immediately the old grey house upon the street, where her room was, rose up like a stage set to attach itself to the little pavilion opening on to the garden which had been built out behind it for my parents."
Marcel Proust (1871-1922)
Remembrance of Things Past
2 c. sugar
2 c. flour
1 1/2 c. clarified butter (or Promise Spread)
1 tbsp. vanilla
Stir eggs and sugar into top of double boiler until creamy and lukewarm. Remove from heat and beat until cool; add flour gradually, mixing well. Fold in butter and vanilla.
Use special shell-shaped Madeline molds that have been buttered and floured (or small 1 1/2 inch muffin pans). Fill molds 2/3 full; fill muffin tins less than 1/2 full. Bake in a 425 degree oven for ten minutes or until lightly browned. Dust cooled tea cakes with powdered sugar. Yield: 5 dozen.
Twice baked potatoes The Boleyn Inheritance
Black Butter Jane Austen's Christmas
Emily Bronte's favorite meat pie
Mrs. Leibowitz’s Lentil-Vegetable Soup Angela's Ashes
Carrot Pudding A Christmas Carol
Turkish Delight The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Louisa May Alcott's Apple Slump
Persian Cucumber and Yogurt House of Sand and Fog
Cucumber and Tomato Sandwiches Women in Love
Jam Tarts Sons and Lovers
Mrs. Ramsay's boeuf en daube dinner To the Lighthouse
Quail in Rose Petal Sauce Like Water for Chocolate
Italian Pea Pottage Shakespeare's Kitchen
Tennessee Williams's Lemon Icebox Pie
Lane Cake To Kill a Mockingbird
Recipes from The Color Purple Cookbook
Jack Kerouac Diner Menu
Tarragon Eggs A La Jane Austen
Pinch of salt
2 teaspoons tarragon (fresh or dried)
Mrs B- was not used to disagreeing with the better informed mind of Lady Cumberland, and now, her every cherished opinion of parsley's worth overthrown, she turned her eye to rarer visitors, including the tarragon. She had always thought tarragon a difficult herb and hard to please. 'It refuses to grow here, it refuses to grow there, but fancies itself so very great, disappearing every winter I know not where. I quite detest the plant.'
Clafoutis Grandmere A La Virginia Woolf
500g cherries, 3 eggs
150g flour, 150g sugar
10g yeast, prepared in warm water if necessary
100g butter, 1 cup of milk
When the flour came it was a delight, a touch left on her cheek as she brushed aside a wisp of hair, as if her beauty bored her and she wanted to be like other people, insignificant, sitting in a widow's house with her pen and paper...
Quick Miso Soup A La Franz Kafka
3 dessertspoons fermented miso
150g silken tofu
4-5 small mushrooms
A few leaves of dried wakame
He placed three spoonfuls of the miso into a saucepan and poured on two pints of hot water, shielding the process from the panel as he did so. He became angry with himself for thinking of the new arrivals as a panel; they had not announced their purpose in calling on him and as yet he did not know what position each of them held.
Mushroom Risotto A La John Steinbeck
Extra virgin olive oil
25g porcini mushrooms
1 onion, 2 cloves garlic
200g risotto rice
500ml vegetable stock
Salt and pepper,
1 glass white wine
The parmesan cheese was hard and dry. The cook grated what little she had. The cheese grated coarsely, like maize from the thresher; the cheese grated finely, like the first powder snow; the cheese grated in shavings, like the wood thrown up from her husband's plane.
Truman Capote's Family's Cornbread- makes 8 wedges -
1 tablespoon butter or bacon drippings
2 cups buttermilk
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups stone-ground white cornmeal
1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Place the butter or drippings in a 10-inch cast iron skillet; place it in the oven.
2. Combine the eggs and buttermilk in a small bowl or measuring cup, whisking together well with a fork.
3. In a medium bowl, combine the sugar, salt, baking soda, and cornmeal; stir well to combine.
4. Stir the egg mixture into the dry ingredients, beating just until the dry ingredients are moistened and no more.
5. Pull the skillet from the oven. It should be hot, with the fat sizzling. Swirl the pan to coat. Quickly transfer batter to skillet; return skillet to oven.
6. Bake until browned and pulling away from skillet, 20 to 25 minutes. Serve hot, in wedges.
This one is actually a drink - Champagne Hemingway
Mark Twain museum
Edgar Allen Poe
and it's portable!
Apparently I wasn't the only one to be curious. Photographer Susana Graph has a series called "A Sense of Place" where we can see the inside of Eudora Welty's home.
Eudora’s Library, Jackson, Mississippi, 2007
The caption for this one reads how this look would not be complete or the same without the moleskin
Below are some of the looks that came up when I searched "Librarian"
The Remmington Keyboard
Which was inspired by the Steampunk Keyboard
Instructables on the computer keyboard
From big cozy books
Here is a list of locations where you can try these out for yourself.
Gruppo Dam's Libro chair
FOR MORE INFO VISIT: http://www.nobodyandco.it/
From fishbol design
And although this is not seating I felt this coffee table by unal&boler was worth a mention.
The cityscape coffee table