Stumbled upon this gem of a Gilmore Girls poster. This is why I love Etsy.
Stumbled upon this gem of a Gilmore Girls poster. This is why I love Etsy.
Stumbled upon these gems-
A beautiful series of text art on Etsy.
Yep, a book shop in a church.
The internal architecture makes it really quite difficult to photograph this beauty, so just imagine a large church with, instead of pews, three stories of scaffolding which form the upper levels of books.
Selexyz is a stalwart of best book shop lists worldwide, for instance this Guardian article.
Selexyz is a behemoth, and starkly contrasts with the chthonic warrens beloved by many book store aficionados, such as Shakespeare and Company, Paris.
One could argue that the shear size of the place strips back some of the magic of a great book shop, but most things installed in former churches (clubs, climbing walls etc) make for an impressive spectacle and this is no exception. So if you find yourself in Maastricht, which is unlikely on account of it being on the way to just about nowhere, Selexyz is well worth a visit.
DoeDeMee is an art project which has a bigger purpose: to help fight illiteracy. A worthy cause; everyday I take for granted the easy access I have to the characters, images and worlds encased in literature.
They’ve redesigned the 100 book covers of The Observer’s greatest novels of all time using 100 artists from 28 different countries.
The website explains:
The result is not only a unique cross-section of contemporary trends in design and illustration, it is also a wonderful collection of posters that has you contemplating on those great reading moments we as literate people often take for granted.
If you head over to the website, you can flick through the whole gallery, but here are some of my favourites.
As so many artists and different books were involved, there’s a visual smorgasbord for you to explore. If you really like them, you can purchase them and some of the money will go towards fighting illiteracy. Crackin’.
I love pretty much everything about books. What they contain, how they look, smell, feel. I like looking at bookshelves, spending time in libraries and book shops. I think my ideal job would be a book critic or an owner of a book shop. I have hopes of living in a house with a dedicated library that has shelves right to the ceiling and one of those amazing old-fashioned ladders which can move along the stacks. I was always jealous of Belle in Beauty and The Beast. I’d tell him I loved him if it meant I would get that bitchin’ library.
Due to our shared love of reading, Callum and I have decided to set up a new blog, devoted solely to working our way through one of those ‘must read’ book lists. None of the reviews have actually been written yet, so there’s no lovely content to share, so instead I’m going to devote this post to my favourite book of all time: To Kill a Mockingbird. I’ve already written a review of the book, which you can find here, so this post is literally about showing how wonderful one of my copies of the text is (I own three).
If you’ve never heard of the Folio Society and you like books, then I suggest that you have a look at their website and get ready to find new editions that you have. To. Have. NOW. (A particular favourite of mine is their edition of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale.) My edition of Mockingbird was a birthday present, which others are not allowed to touch. Especially if they haven’t washed their hands.
I’m not always in favour of adding illustrations to books; I like relying on my own imagination to conjure up the settings and faces of the plot but these really add something to the text.
#18 ‘A corner of your home’
If you’re particularly eagle-eyed, you may notice my copy of the Zombie Survival Guide on the shelf. Always good to keep it handy… just in case.
I’d seen the March Photo A Day challenge list when it first came around but didn’t keep a copy. I found one yesterday and although I have a little catching up to do, I’m hoping it will encourage me to blog more regularly.
Here are the first four:
#3 ‘Your neighbourhood’
Tomorrow… numbers 5 – 8
And John. And Mike, Natalie, Tania, Greg. Everybody really, no one’s brain is safe.
So, I’m talking about zombies, specifically Max Brooks’ guide to surviving them. You may not be taking this subject seriously (because most people don’t) but give Max a chance and he’ll have you feeling like a sceptical fool, like a fool I tells ya.
Before I had read any of Max Brooks’ work on zombies, I was already pondering how to survive a zombie apocalypse (only on occasion, not constantly. I’m not weird…) as my favourite film is Shaun of the Dead and I think I’ve watched it approximately 287 times.
The end of the human race does seem to be a morbid fascination for a lot of people and the zombie hypothesis is very “now”. Zombie walks seem to be catching on in more cities (they have one here in Amsterdam) and the success of the US tv show The Walking Dead appears to be continuing public appetite for the undead.
So, back to the book… I’ll be upfront, it’s been a while since I’ve read Survival Guide so if a zombie outbreak does happen, I’ll need to put my speed reading pants on while maintaining a sharp lookout for any incoming ghouls.
The book begins with a section entitled ‘The Undead: Myths and Realities’, where Brooks starts off with an explanation of ‘Solanum’, the virus which can turn people into zombies (your scepticism level is at a 10 here), zombie types and attributes and finishes with the different classes of zombie outbreaks.
Now he’s got you settled in this hypothetical world, Brooks moves on to more practical matters: weaponry and combat techniques. He evaluates each option, accompanying them with simple manual-style drawings so you can better imagine which you would choose to help you fight off the hoards of blood-hungry undead. (Scepticism level has dipped to 7 here as you start to think “Even if it’s not zombies I need to fight off, I’m probably not as bad-ass as I’d always imagined”.)
Survival Guidecovers pretty much any situation imaginable: defending, attacking, being on the run, living in an undead world. He gives you general rules for each scenario, along with evaluations of terrain, vehicles, strategies, duration, buildings and weapons. Again. (Scepticism level is now at 4. “28 Days Later seemed a little far-fetched at the time but now I know all this, maybe it’s not so ludicrous…”)
Okay, so he’s written in a sufficiently sober tone and covered any area you could think of. You’ve unwittingly found yourself choosing and discounting weapons and tactics but there’s not anything else he could pull out of the bag to undermine your better judgement. Is there? How about a list of recorded attacks, dating from 60,000 B.C. to 2002.
Of course, it’s pseudo-history. No one really believes there have so many attacks from zombies that have been either lost to history or covered up by governments. Governments are, um, honest. Sometimes. Shit. (Scepticism level: 1.) Uh-oh, he’s reserved a space at the back of the book for a journal of suspicious events. Which weapon did he say would be best…?
What sticks with you after you’ve finished Survival Guide is rampant paranoia; you’re actually starting to listen out for the sounds of society breaking down and raw flesh being ripped from bone. Brooks’ tag line is ‘Complete Protection from the Living Dead’ and he’s not exaggerating – the only things he’s left for you to do is stockpile the canned food, choose your best weapon and lie in wait.
P.S. If you hadn’t heard of Max Brooks before reading this post, the name might be a little more familiar after next year (possibly, I don’t think there’s an official date). Brad Pitt is starring in a film adaptation of another of Brooks’ books, World War Z, which is set in an post-zombie apocalyptic world