Author Archives: Brian D. Butler

Why Islandia

I was recently asked (again) why I still encourage folks to visit Iceland even in this era of overtourism. I could reiterate all of the reasons to go, but this amazing short film by Moscow-based videographer Vadim Sherbakov explains it … Continue reading

Posted in Europe, Film, Tourism | Tagged | 4 Comments

Under the Martians

As a child, I was a big science fiction fan. I particularly enjoyed illustrated editions such as this great version from the short lived Looking Glass Library imprint. In 1960 artist Edward Gorey created the cover and pen and ink … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Books, Writing | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

This is the month

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide join together to remind parents, caregivers and students that signing up for a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Libraries, Writing | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Reading to Insomniacs

Image | Posted on | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Fantastical Traveler

On August 22nd the Waukegan Public Library in Waukegan, Illinois, unveiled a 12-foot statue of Ray Bradbury on what would have been the late author’s 99th birthday. The stainless steel sculpture, titled “Fantastical Traveler,” features Bradbury riding a rocket ship … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Books, Libraries, USA, Writing | Tagged , , | 3 Comments

September 1, 1939

September 1, 1939 W.H. Auden I sit in one of the dives On Fifty-second Street Uncertain and afraid As the clever hopes expire Of a low dishonest decade: Waves of anger and fear Circulate over the bright And darkened lands … Continue reading

Posted in History, Writing | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Don’t Bend

 

Posted in Books, Europe, Writing | Tagged | Leave a comment

NYC: Poetry on the Street

h/t Nitzan Mintz  

Posted in Art, USA, Writing | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Not Summer Reading Material

 

Posted in Books, Writing | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

No, not the editor

h/t Tom Gauld

Posted in Art, Books, Writing | Tagged , | Leave a comment