Posts tagged ‘bookworm’

September 27, 2012

Moby Dick Big Read

Have you heard about the Moby Dick Big Read? I heard an interview last week on NPR that talked about this incredible project and knew I had to share. Essentially, they have created a free online version where a chapter a day is released for free download or listening. Each chapter is read by both celebrities and non-celebrities (including Tilda Swinton, John Waters, sea captains, etc.) and is accompanied by a visual art piece by various artists. Super cool.

 

From Chapter 1: Loomings
Albus, 2009 by Marcus Harvey

 

According to the site:

Moby-Dick is the great American novel. But it is also the great unread American novel. Sprawling, magnificent, deliriously digressive, it stands over and above all other works of fiction, since it is barely a work of fiction itself. Rather, it is an explosive exposition of one man’s investigation into the world of the whale, and the way humans have related to it. Yet it is so much more than that. It is a representation of evil incarnate in an animal – and the utter perfidy of that notion. Of a nature transgressed and transgressive – and of one man’s demonic pursuit, a metaphorical crusade that even now is a shorthand for overweening ambition and delusion.

Out of all this, Herman Melville created a unique work of art – as unique as Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein or Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, as mythic as Coleridge’s Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner – a true force of nature, set in a century that challenged every tenet of faith that had been held until then. Melville’s book – is it barely a novel – exceeds every expectation of a literary work. It bursts out of its covers with the enormity of its subject – as if the great White Whale itself were contained within.

Now, in the 21st Century, a century and a half since it was first conceived and launched onto a misbelieving world, Moby-Dick retains its power – precisely because we are still coming to terms with it, and what it said. Incredibly prophetic, it foresaw so many of the aspects of the modern world with which we deal with. The abuse of power and belief; of nature and the environment; of the human spirit. It deals with art and artifice and stark reality – in an almost existential manner. It is truly a book before its time – almost ancient myth, as much as futuristic prophesy.

In the spring of 2011, artist Angela Cockayne and writer Philip Hoare convened and curated a unique whale symposium and exhibition at Peninsula Arts, the dedicated contemporary art space at Plymouth University, under the title, Dominion. Inspired by their mutual obsession with Moby-Dick and with the overarching subject of the whale, they invited artists, writers, musicians, scientists and academics to respond to the theme. The result was an enthusiastic response which evidently could not be contained within the physical restrictions of a gallery space and a three-day symposium.

‘I have written a blasphemous book’, said Melville when his novel was first published in 1851, ‘and I feel as spotless as the lamb’. Deeply subversive, in almost every way imaginable, Moby-Dick is a virtual, alternative bible – and as such, ripe for reinterpretation in this new world of new media. Out of Dominion was born its bastard child – or perhaps its immaculate conception – the Moby-Dick Big Read: an online version of Melville’s magisterial tome: each of its 135 chapters read out aloud, by a mixture of the celebrated and the unknown, to be broadcast online in a sequence of 135 downloads, publicly and freely accessible.

 

Moby Dick is one of those classics that I still haven’t gotten to, but this would be a fantastic way to go. I’ve already started downloading chapters to my iTunes and plan on burning them to create my very own book on CD to listen to on my commute and share with friends. This is an amazing project and I hope they plan similar collections for other great literary classics.

You can learn more about the Moby Dick Big Read and download chapters here.

 

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July 19, 2012

Pieces of Wonderland: Kei Acedera

You know me and my love of all things Wonderland, one of my favoritest books. Well, I recently discovered the art of Kei Acedera and I am totally dying. The whimsy she infuses into her art has made me instantly enamored with her work. Her Wonderland pieces are just too cute and lovely to pass up, and I just had to buy the “Trumpet” and “Five Past Nine” prints as a pair. I love the “Teamwork” one, too, but I’m trying to control myself. haha.

Now on the hunt to get my hands on a copy of the “Pieces of Wonderland” art book that they offered at Comic-Con. Wish me luck!

 

Pool of Tears

 

Five Past Nine

 

Bread & Butterflies

 

Teamwork

 

Trumpet

 

June 11, 2012

Book Exchange: Come with a Story and Leave with Another

Very clever minimalist ad posters by LOWE-SSP3 for the Colsubsidio Book Exchange Program in Columbia. Can you see both books in each ad?

 

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{via Strictly Paper}

 

April 23, 2012

Quoted: C.S. Lewis on Writing

This week I think I’ll cluster my posts around a theme: How-To. I’ve collected some good ones I’d like to share. Let’s get our knowledge on, boys and girls!

 

I’ll start with some good advice from Mr. Lewis.

 

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On June 26, 1956, author C.S. Lewis responded to a fan letter from Joan Lancaster, a young Chronicles of Narnia enthusiast.

In a personalized thank-you letter, the writer imparted some simple and valuable stylistic advice for budding prose writers.

 

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via thephobia

 

April 18, 2012

Etsy Finds: Knob Creek Metal Arts

So, I’ve been looking for a good, sturdy pair of bookends. And you know me, I also need them to be cute, cool, interesting — any combination of the three. So how cute, cool and interesting are these bookends from the Knob Creek Metal Arts Etsy shop! And they are apparently heavy enough to up a good stack of books. Though I suppose to get the full effect you’d want them to flank a slimmer stack.  Priced at $40 a pair and free shipping in the U.S. Nice!

 

Tentacle Attack Bookends

 

Giraffe Bookends

 

Elephant Family Bookends

 

Chainsaw Attack Bookends