I just love this question because it’s a good one. We all keep books on our nightstand (or in my case the poor-girls book basket by the bed) or on our bookshelves in our rooms, but where else? Do you like to read meta-fiction by the toilet, or magical realism in the kitchen?
(I’m just really hoping Miss Bolden ended on “bud.”)
Favorite Search Terms:
- mona lisa with cat: I just love that you came to my blog with this. It seems I am discussing the right things.
- books that have food contests: You’re looking for the State Fair. Look for the red and white checked picnic table cloth.
- the cat lady book by roald dahl: How is it that I had never heard of this before this search term came up? Disappointed in myself.
- how to decorate a love poem: You do this with gushy sentimentalities.
- what is a catchy title for a science fair project about recycling paper?: I got nothin’. Anyone have anything?
- ninja takes out the trash: is he wearing all black? did he have to judu-chop the lid?
I need to start by tooting my own horn. I’m doing the project Month of Letters for the month of March and I still have spaces on my dance card as SiftingTheGrain (T) so eloquently said. If you would like to participate and receive a handmade letter, send me your address via email at: clmannesATgmailDOTcom. To find out more click this link.
Favorite Tweets of the Week:
Search Terms of the Week:
- Decorations Tim Burton Mystic: I think we would get along. We should go for tea, light some incense and discuss the constellations like the Big Dipper and Cassiopeia.
- Sad Friendship Break-up Tips: Watch Now and Then because every girl needs to learn how to make pudding boobs before the age of fourteen, and it’s a good friendship movie.
- Bowel Movements Diagram: I hope that you’re a medical student.
- am I weird? cozy thoughts help me have a bowel movement: This is why people shouldn’t diagnose illnesses online.
- is sunny but the air is full of bullshit: I couldn’t agree more.
Otherwise here is the news:
- A case for recess in schools via The Atlantic.
- I just love this quaint thought from DoubleDay on Tumblr.
- Book Riot has created a new website for book trailers.
- How many people do you know who read the first sentence of a back cover blurb (a five second skim) and put the book back on the shelf? I might be one of these people, occasionally. I think I’ve gotten better about this and I actually read the whole blurb, and then I look at the author’s photo to make sure they aren’t schmucky. Huffington & Book Riot have created a list of good authors with bad blurbs.
- Best Woody Allen poetry moments via Cold Front.
- A girl in my memoir class is up for Story of the Month at Bartleby Snopes Literary Magazine. Read and Vote for “Racing Cancer” here. (You can also read the other stories, but I assure you that Cortney’s is wonderful).
- Albatross has created a new-fangled bookmark. It sounds really awesome.
Dewey Decimal Ring - $12
Book Riot – Book Fetish Blogs. Love these. They do them frequently. Here’s one of the many.
- Want a bookish wedding? Taking engagement pictures in the library stacks? Check out these wedding invites. They’re the perfect bookmarks, or fridge ornaments, if I do say so myself.
AWP Bingo Card via We Who are About to Die
AWP Bingo Card for those of you who are flying, driving, skipping, or hiding in a coal train to Chicago this week.
- Duotrope has finally decided to add Creative Non-fiction to their listings. And all the memoirists rejoice.
- Katharine Boo shares her favorite books about inequality on Goodreads.
- Jane Berenstain passes away. Beloved childhood author of the Berenstain Bears book series. Media Bisto shares an interview excerpt here. Here is another link by NPR on the death of this wonderful woman.
- Better World Books has shared five ways of teaching your children about sustainable living. This has almost nothing to do with books, but I believe in recycling. My dad just told me yesterday that the only book I wanted to read as a child was The Lorax. No wonder I am who I am today. Yes, I will be the 24-year-old in the theater cheering when it’s released.
- MARCH FOURTH – NATIONAL GRAMMAR DAY
- How Fairy Tales Damage Men via Good Men Project.
- Seattle Times share the latest kids’ books to win the Coretta Scott King Award.
- Norton shares the poem, “Sunday Morning” by Wallace Stevens on Tumblr.
- National Poetry Month: Call for Ideas and Submissions.
- Everyone should already know this because we’re all obsessed with her mystery, but, JK Rowling is writing a new book. Hint: It’s for adults.
Have a good Tuesday!
PS. Better World Books is having a 20% sale (which means Bargain Bin too) for Leap Day. Use this code:
I’m exhausted. I have to run (literally) up to the Church tomorrow morning at 630 am in order to squeeze in Ash Wednesday mass so this may be a short one.
100 Story House for Bookish Brooklyn
Everyone’s been all over this on the blogosphere. It’s the 100 Story House shaped like a Brooklyn Brownstone for Brooklyn. I’m not quite sure what we would shape our Story Shelves like here in North Carolina, probably a John Deere green machine. However, this is a lovely concept and it’s rain proof (imagine that). You can donate to the public art project here on Kickstarter. I think Kickstarter really explains all the important information on this project like where the books will come from. DONATE.
- Over the weekend I found this amazing website, floating around google. It’s called “Letters to Note” and it’s a blog of letters, telegrams, postcards, tidy notes, to and from famous writers. It’s really exciting to just read through and see what people you admire were thinking, or see how they described love. I feel like every writer is out there to get at the word love, or find the feeling, or just explain. How do you even explain first love? Maybe you’ll find your voice in these letters.
Tweet of the Week:
Tweet of the Week
- Faulkner and Hemingway to be discussed at Library of Congress for anyone living in the DC area or anyone who knows how to get on a bus.
- More Hemingway news: inscribed book sells for 68,000. It’s his first book Three Stories and Ten Poems which had a print-run of only 300. How insane. Look how far we’ve come, literary snobs.
- Acclaimed poet and writer Mary Oliver is sick and two of her lovely friends have started a literary blog for everyone to support her full recovery. The blog is beautiful and while there, anyone can write “how they were influenced or changed by her work.” Here is a poem by Oliver titled, “At Black River” if you are unfamiliar with her work but would like to be changed or influenced.
- My favorite artist has unveiled photos of her many sketchbooks. If you’re like me, then you’re obsessed with other writer’s journals, or tools. I remember spending forty-five minutes watching Nikki Finney interviews to figure out what sort of pencil she used when she wrote poems. Maybe the led is the muse. I’m the same with notebooks. So far, I’ve found Target’s Greenroom line to be my favorite because it’s made from recycled material but the ruled lines are very faint. I’m also a fan of leather journals that are blank. It’s really personal preference but if you’re a writer, you have to gush over other people’s private diaries and notebooks. So, swoon away.
Artist Geninne. Click the picture to visit her blog.
German Sci-fi covers thanks to Monster Brains
I want to be in my bed. Goodnight.