House of Wax

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On London’s Southwark Street, just south of the River Thames, you’ll find Alex Chinneck’s unnerving, life-size project, A pound of flesh for 50p. Starting as a full-scale, two-story house made out of 8,000 wax bricks, the sculpture will eventually be a mess of rooftop and melted wax by mid-November.

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The House of Wax sculpture is part of Merge Festival, an annual series of art, music and performances that draws on the heritage and culture of London’s Bankside. Chinneck’s project celebrates the history of a former candle-making factory from the 18th century. It’s an amazing homage that not only required substantial construction skills, but also entailed the artist spending a year consulting with engineers, chemists and wax manufacturers to develop uncannily convincing bricks that mimic real walls.

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The house installation is designed to disintegrate over a month and will also undergo some manual melting over time to shape the façade. The brilliance of using wax as a medium allows for stunning unpremeditated dripping, deforming and morphing.

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You can follow the process at the artist’s website or at the Merge Festival site.

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A Paris Halloween

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Happy Halloween

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Literary Travel Guide

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Classic Literature Travel Guide was produced by Cheapflights.

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Every Airport Needs One

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Last week the San Antonio International Airpo  unveiled two Digital Library kiosks that will allow travelers to check out digital media to take on trips.The kiosks were funded by the Friends of the San Antonio Public Library at a cost of $26,000.

The kiosks will allow library patrons to browse the library’s digital media content which can then be checked out and downloaded onto a mobile device for three weeks before they expire.In addition to allowing travelers to check out online materials, the kiosks will serve as a rapid recharging station for mobile devices.

The San Antonio Public Library is also allowing out-of-town travelers to get a temporary library card that they can use to borrow ebooks and other items.

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Magical Cities

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Way back sometime ago I shared a post on Vahram Muratyan’s cheeky compare & contrast graphic project Paris vs New York. Now Paris-based freelance filmmaker Frank Matellini has taken the concept to the next level with this charming short video offering a visual parallel between the two magical cities.

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Would Hemingway Use It

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Designed like an old-fashioned typewriter, the Hemingwrite is a single purpose writing device. Combining the simplicity of 80s era word processors with modern tech, such as wifi, Bluetooth and cloud backup to Google docs and Evernote, the retro-modern tool aims to provide a distraction free writing environment for the user. Not yet for sale, the Hemingwrite  will offer a one million plus page memory, a six-inch E ink screen, six plus week battery life, a mechanical keyboard and high contrast, backlit screen for indoor or outdoor use.

Is the possibility of distraction-free writing really worth the limitations of this kind of writing device ? Having written grad school papers and even books on old-fashioned word processors, I can’t imagine being very tempted to purchase this sort of regressive device. But it does look neat. So maybe if the price was right, who knows ?

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Literary Starbucks

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Jill, Nora and Wilson are three college students who spend a little too much time at their local Starbucks. But they’ve put that malingering to good use with their very amusing blog Literary Starbucks. The minimalist site imagines what might happen if some of our favorite authors or literary characters stopped by for a beverage.

For example:

“Harper Lee goes up to the counter and orders a grande cappuccino. She thinks it tastes great, and other people in the shop agree, so she never orders another drink again.”

or:

“Wordsworth goes up to the counter and orders a smoothie. It reminds him of a lake he visited as a child. Then again, so do most things.”

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Welcome to Middle Earth

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Air New Zealand has once again partnered with filmmaker Peter Jackson to create an epic Hobbit-themed air safety video. Starring Elijah Wood and Jackson himself, the film showcases stunning views of the New Zealand countryside along with amusing cameos by Tolkien characters.

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Kids Love Books

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Ethiopia Reads builds schools, libraries, trains teachers and supports mentoring programs throughout Ethiopia, but one of their coolest projects is the Donkey Mobile Libraries. Since 2005, Ethiopia Reads’ five donkeymobiles have brought books to more than 120,000 children in rural communities around the country. If you’d like to learn more about the Minneapolis-based charity, or would like to donate to support their literacy projects, click right here.

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