I know we’re all focused on the music this week with the Grammy’s and the “coming out” of Roman. If you really want to see what I thought of that please watch Jenna Marbles interpretation of Nicki Minaj. But, it’s time to get back to the good stuff: books. Ah, the dusty smells of closets, cedar, and men’s cigar seeped pockets.
That being said: HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!
Last week I mentioned The Million’s guide to Literary Tumblrs. And this week I want to share all the cool stuff I’ve found.
- I came across awesome people reading and did a quick picture of some of my favorites. (Come on, hairy Sean Connery, swoon).
Is it weird that Sean Connery looks really similar to my dad when he was young? Maybe. Nah, my dad was a looker, and a playboy.
- The Books They Gave Me is also a literary tumblr filled with books given by old boyfriends. It’s kind of my new favorite website. Hint: Anything dealing with reminiscing on old love makes me both depressed and warm. This entry about Sylvia Plath is my favorite:
- “The day I left for college you slipped it into the backseat of my car. I’d wanted it for months. And now the well-thumbed book sits on the part of my shelf I save for the books I love most, with your inscription—red pen; your beautiful, slim handwriting; your assurances that I am meant to write, that I should use the book not as means of negative comparison but as means of reminding me that this, this, is what I am supposed to do. I am almost out of college; I didn’t want to, could never unwrap me from you.”
- I found a place where you can hear five National Book Award Finalists read excerpts. Thank you, NPR. This has absolutely nothing to do with literary tumblrs, I was just really excited. It’s always marvel to hear writers read their own work.
- The Atlantic has had a police sketch done of a few of our favorite, and a few less desirable characters in our life. My favorite is probably Emma Bovary. See them all here.
Ever wanted to be that girl that both glitters and inspires reading, well get literary nail art. You have to know my favorite is Alice nails.
- Favorite First Australian Lines on Whispering Gums. You all should know by now that this blog started in Australia and about my living there. Now, I just have a special place in my heart for arid land and marsupials. Plus, I’m doing an Australian Women Reading Challenge and so I need more Australian book recommendations.
- Penguin has created a Twitter book club. I think they stole my idea, but I’m not going to say anything. They’re a big six and I’m a little one. I’ve wanted to do this with my summer camp ladies forever. Can we get on this? Any bloggers interested in reading the same book once a month?
Guardian articles the Best Love Poems, writers pick. Who doesn’t want a love poem on Valentine’s Day? This reminds me, everyone write a special note to poet, Ted Kooser who for over twenty years has written love poems to women all over the country. These women are grocery store cashiers, electricians and bureaucrats and all of them get a little love from Kooser every heart day. Here is the story from 2008. Here is my favorite poem:
If this comes creased and creased again and soiled
as if I’d opened it a thousand times
to see if what I’d written here was right,
it’s all because I looked too long for you
to put in your pocket. Midnight says
the little gifts of loneliness come wrapped
by nervous fingers. What I wanted this
to say was that I want to be so close
that when you find it, it is warm from me.
I sent this out to a few of my Valentine’s in 2009 after discovering Kooser’s love notes. My mom still has the first one hanging from her fridge. I haven’t done anything as creative this year, sorry friends. Just wait till March for the letter challenge. Hope everyone has a lovely little V-Day. If you can’t celebrate St. Valentine, celebrate your vagina, or plan a vacation, buy vampire teeth, or vacuum the downstairs carpet, or become a vagabond, or a valet. Just be valiant. It’s about the V, after all.