Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Monday, November 04, 2013
Most Difficult Books
the fifty toughest books ever to read. Dante's Inferno is one I've actually read, completed, and I don't think it's all that hard, if you acclimate yourself to the time and theme of the book; Naked Lunch, on the other hand, I attempted in my twenties and didn't get more than a dozen pages into it. There wasn't even anything to appreciate about the book; I had to stop. Much of the list, thought, are books I've considered reading, which means if I can successfully read a book labeled "tough" by a flavored wire, I'll be doing pretty good.
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Litograph produces high-resolution t-shirts which are composed of the entire text of a great work of literature. Not content to just do the text in a boring, purely-typographical style, Litograph organizes words and color in a mosaic style that makes them look cool to wear:
Thursday, August 08, 2013
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Big Box Library
In Texas, architects have turned an abandoned big-box store into a huge library. Formerly a Wal-Mart, now it houses thousands of books, and provides a much greater service to the area than a huge wasteland of steel and concrete was. See also: Big Box Reuse, which has a companion book.
Friday, June 21, 2013
Phileas Fogg's Lost Day
The climax of Around The World In Eighty Days is an unexpected, but logically sound, argument: that if you travel in the same direction as the Earth is turning, you'll eventually 'lap' the planet and gain a day. It turns out that somebody went through the mathematical effort to prove that Phileas Fogg didn't really gain a day, so Passepartout's watch didn't really mess up the plan. Blame Poe, though: a short story of his, no doubt, planted the seed in Verne's mind of this date conundrum.
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Dumbledore's Yellow Pages
What? I was sure they were actual, real spell books borrowed from the real Hogwarts. Sadly, the prop department had to make due with what they had on hand: old phone books rebound and distressed to look old. The interview this is from is here, the book discovery happens towards the end.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Friday, March 22, 2013
Amish romance novels are a thing, and a big thing at that. It goes to show that having a devoted and book-hungry subgenre will do an author good, and this genre wins because of its cross-genre appeal. Both the Amish themselves and Evangelical Christians love the books for their strict adherence to morals and faith, with a healthy dollop of romance on top. So, really, not much different than the "true romance" magazines from the fifties and sixties, which adhered to Hayes-code style punishment for transgressors and rewards for those true of heart, but set in an idealized world of bonnets and buggies — a callback to historical romances. It's no wonder that Amish Romances, as a genre, have such appeal: they're cobbled together from some of the most successful aspects of romance fiction from the past fifty years.
Wednesday, March 06, 2013
De Nyew Testament In Gullah
Someone over at Reddit found themselves a copy of De Nyew Testament at their used book store:
Just the snippet shown there, you can get one aspect of translation: it's about context, and not just finding the right word. One of my "projects" that I've been working on, off-and-on, for two years now is correcting an English translation of a French book that I very much enjoyed but had some trouble reading. Quite often, the translator just picked the first word in their French-to-English dictionary, resulting in some confusing and somewhat amusing sentences. And, if there's one book that is constantly and enthusiastically debated over the context in a translation, it's the Bible, so you know some thought went into producing the Gullah version. If you'd like to see de hole Nyew Testament, you can read the same version pictured online at gullahbible.com., or if you can't get there because Reddit is hitting them hard, it's also available here or here.