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New York City public transit riders often complain the the subway system has gone to the dogs, but in the case of the newly renovated 23rd Street MTA station it’s literally true. Who couldn’t love the adorable glass mosaic series “Stationary Figures” from local artist and photographer William Wegman.
Iceland celebrates the winter holiday season with some unique traditions, such as Jólabókaflóð, or the Christmas book flood , Christmas book exchanges, and the “Yule Lads”. The little video below, “Christmas is Coming”, will help you get into the Icelandic holiday spirit.
Like many Kurt Vonnegut fans I became a devoted reader during my early adolescence. If memory serves, the first of his novels that I read was Sirens of Titan, but it could have just as well been Cat’s Cradle. Of course they weren’t teaching Vonnegut in English classes in American schools back then, the Existential prankster was considered too controversial and anti-establishment. Later, the author’s novels were dismissed as genre fiction or lacking in literary complexity. But Vonnegut endures and continues to attract new generations of readers. The TED video below makes a good argument for why we should read Kurt Vonnegut.
It’s hard to believe that it has been 38 years since the senseless murder of the voice of a generation.
Gaikotsu Shotenin Honda-san or Skeleton Bookstore Employee Honda, is a very funny anime series based on an equally amusing manga created by the eponymous bookshop clerk Honda. If you’ve ever worked in a bookstore, or spend lots of your time hanging in bookshops, you’ll definitely enjoy the wacky, colorful comedy series. The short weekly episodes expose what life is like for booksellers the world over. No need to speak Japanese, you’ll still get to chuckle at the antics of skull face and his equally bizarre co-workers. The show can be streamed for free via Crunchyroll although you may need to download the free app where you live.