Tag Archives: Literature

Literary Cartography

The Map of Literature is featured in a terrific new book just released by Penguin. Vargic’s Miscellany of Curious Maps: Mapping Out the Modern World is the work of a precocious 17-year-old cartographic genius from Slovakia named Martin Vargic. The … Continue reading

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Die Vernandlung

We are all familiar with the iconic absurdist story of Gregor Samsa who wakes one day to discover that he has turned into an insect. In the remainder of the tale, Kafka describes how Samsa’s transformation impacts his family. During … Continue reading

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Reality Simulator

This wonderful short film explains why literature matters and what books do for us. The animation is by Marcus Armitage and Ignatz Johnson Higham with voice over by Alain de Botton, who wrote the script.

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Literary Starbucks

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 … Continue reading

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Literary Ireland

Ireland a Literary Atlas maps the rich literary heritage of Ireland. The infographic was produced by BuyBooks.ie and designed by UK-based NeoMan Studios. Too bad they left out my favorite contemporary Irish writer Kevin Barry.

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What’s On Your Book Shelf

Mike Hanski from the site Bid4Paper has created this interesting infographic titled, “You Are What You Read,” which looks at the reading lists of a diverse set of influential people—living and dead.  

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Best Books of the Century

It’s only just 2014 and we’re already seeing “best books of the century” lists coming out. Seems a bit premature to me, but this infographic from USC Rossier School of Education is interesting enough, though flawed. The choices were gleaned … Continue reading

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Friday the 13th is so random

psst…here’s that bookporn you’ve been looking for xxx Vedi Napoli e poi muori or just visit the creepy Bourbon Tunnels. Margaret Atwood has a new book out and has taken the time to discuss horror fiction over blueberry pie right … Continue reading

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Left To Right, Top To Bottom

Some day the little video below may become a valuable instructional tool for the uninitiated, but for now it’s a witty bit of bibliophilic entertainment. “How to Read a Book” was created by university student Hilary Crommer for a Visual … Continue reading

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A screaming comes across the sky

The American Book Review is an award-winning publication that specializes in reviews of often neglected or under-rated novels, poetry and literary criticism from small, regional and university presses. Not long ago they published a marvelous list of the “100 Best … Continue reading

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