Library lawns, misspelling bees, and naming your book disorder: Bookishness for June 3, 2013


Professor Old Skull Lynda Barry “strip[s] away the stiffness of adulthood and plug[s] people into their creativity.” Everyone steal this idea I’d like to visit a library lawn in every city ever, please and thank you. Every misspelled word in the 2013 Scripps spelling bee Including so many words I have never, ever heard before. BUT Was even the winning word misspelled? You guys...

Andrei Tarkovsky’s photos, Augusten Burroughs’s boyfriend, and Daniel Pink’s work habits: Bookishness for May 27, 2013


The Economist asks… How does copyright work in space? Tarkovsky’s mysteries The polaroids of Andrei Tarkovsky. Hyperlocal Wayne Chan’s Epicycles of Time won the public vote in the Canada Writes Hyperlocal contest. The grand prize winner will be announced this week. Being Daniel Pink Lifehacker asks Daniel Pink how he works. “Language Police 1, Gay Marriage 0”...

Choosing genres, missing art, and Wes Anderson presents the Bible: Bookishness for May 13, 2013


What to expect when you’re expecting a book “I waited until my first book was published to learn the genre, and when Oprah announced “It’s literary fiction!” just seconds after my pub date, I was overcome with joy. When we found out that I’d written a second book, however, we decided to find out ourselves what it was. A genre reveal party, in which we’d learn the genre of the book at...

Earth Day, dragons, and Hot Docs picks: Bookishness for Apr. 22, 2013


Borrow, grow, return Happy Earth Day! To celebrate, why not check out the newly opened Markham Grows Seed Library at Markham Public Library’s Milliken Mills Branch (7600 Kennedy Road) where Markham residents can check out free, organic, heirloom seeds? Don’t live or work in Markham? Check out the Toronto Seed Library. Then get outside! Unfortunately… …this award winning...

China watches Jon Stewart, Robin Sloan likes libraries, and NPR tackles race: Bookishness for Apr. 15, 2013


Blog alert “Remember when folks used to talk about being ‘post-racial’? Well, we’re definitely not that. We’re a team of journalists fascinated by the overlapping themes of race, ethnicity and culture, how they play out in our lives and communities, and how all of this is shifting.” NPR’s new blog, Code Switch. Strolling through human knowledge Robin...

Dinosaur kids, Hemingway’s geography, and the Book Madness bracket: Bookishness for Mar. 25, 2013


A clean, well-lighted place Write like Hemingway, at least geographically. “I go to waterpolo and come back to 4 messages from a Cabinet Minister.”  James Moore talks with librarians on Twitter. In other librarians vs. the man news Oxford students push for the reinstatement of “sacked” librarian after the University takes issue with the above “harmless and...

Eudora Welty, Veronica Mars, and ghostwriting Sweet Valley High: Bookishness for Mar. 18, 2013


Ghostwriting “Imagine, superimposed on the gray-and-grainy screen of a floundering, slightly depressed twenty-something, the shimmery outlines of an idealized adolescent world. All drawn—I just had to color it in. I could pick any colors, as long as they were pastel!” On ghostwriting Sweet Valley High. “At least I want to see a ‘Veronica Mars’ movie — I can’t say the...

Food pairs, podcasts and the Game of Thrones cookbook: Bookishness for Mar. 4, 2013


Point 1: Be okay with chaos The 12 trends that will rule products in 2013. Dinner is coming Recipes from the official Game of Thrones companion cookbook (including Dothraki blood pie). Pantone Pairings Still hungry? Check out David Schwen’s food #pantonepairings on Instagram. (Then, you know, eat something.) Gamify Your Life EveryThing gamifies everything! Did you just wake up? +5 points...

Sheet music, Sriracha, and the Harry Potter Alliance: Bookishness for Feb. 25, 2013


Pencils, penises, pigeons, goblins, Hitler, and tea cosies What will be the oddest book title of the year? An army of fans, activists, nerdfighters, teenagers, wizards and muggles: fighting with love “Did you ever wish Harry Potter was real? Well it kind of is.” Join the Harry Potter Alliance and fight for social justice.  Soooooo true On the addition of letters to text messages...