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Give a Little, Get a Lot… Hopefully

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Amateur Thursdays: A Webcast About Books

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Many People Writing One Book: World’s Longest Literary Remix

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“In the spring of 2010, a dedicated crew of GalleyCat Reviews readers rewrote one page of Joe’s Luck: Always Wide Awake by Horatio Alger, Jr.

Read the whole book–each page re-written by a different person.

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Bookshop Books with Bookshops in Them

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They’re right in the middle of Independent Booksellers Week in the UK (oh yes, and yesterday was Bloomsday— we didn’t post anything because we were pub-crawling all day long).

In honor of IBW, The Guardian has posted the most fun quiz you never thought you’d ever take. Just how well do you know your bookshops– the bookshops in literature, that is?

Post your scores in Comments to win a free copy of Joyce’s Ulysses.

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There Should Be a “5 Under 2.5”

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It’s worth subscribing to The New Yorker just for this issue.

I’m having little heart attacks in anticipation of going home to curl up with it.

If you don’t know them yet, discover my favorites, her, her and him. Pick anything they’ve written and it’ll be good. (The other 17 happen to be wonderful as well. )

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If you liked This, you’ll love That.

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This pretty much obliterates any use you had for us booksellers, but it’s so cool we just have to share:

Read-Alikes at BookBrowse

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The Opposite of Books

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So much has already been said about this and there will surely be more, so I’ll say only this: however you feel about performance art, this is so much more than that.

If you are not familiar with Marina Abramovic, read either this or this for brief background information.

All I know is, there are few things in the world more excruciating than really, truly looking into the eyes of another for more than a minute.

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Debutante Ball

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As a child I often used the tried and true, “But mom, kids are starving in Africa. How can I finish this meal comfortably, knowing that?” She’d respond with the tried and more true, “You must finish this meal so that you are strong enough to actually help them.”

This has nothing to do with Africa or starving children. It’s just that nothing is more important than nurturing burgeoning talent. So that they may become strong enough to one day save us.

One Story Literary Debutante Ball: A Celebration of Emerging Writers.

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Sclerosis: Forgetting

 

The Stuff of Stuff: in hopes of perpetuating only those things which engender thought, wonder, and awareness.

 

This category, although it requires little time and a lot of wonder to produce, has become, for us, quite important. We hope you’re able to find the time in the whirlwinds of your days to sit calmly and peruse the places we guide you to.

This is an especially breathtaking place:

 

 

 

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Stopping to Consider Why You Stopped

The Stuff of Stuff: in hopes of perpetuating only those things which engender thought, wonder, and awareness.

 

Without exception, every single time, I still experience a child-like wonder when I encounter, in the world, a word I’ve just learned– almost always, I’ll learn it and within hours it’s everywhere I look, looking at me sideways with that smug I-was-always-here-you-just-never-noticed-me-before look.

Recently, a cherished friend and I were immersed  in a lengthy conversation about the nature of our two ways of being and I found myself forming this thought: “It’s as if your whole life is a long road trip and instead of stopping only at restaurants and motels you brake the car after every single minute of driving, stop, step out and take stock of where you are and how far you’ve come since the last minute and whatever fraction of a mile.” This analogy delighted us both and, as things tend to do when they’ve found their place in truth, it stayed with me.

The next day I discovered this blog and this post through the Book Soup Blog. I’m linking to Dan Visel’s post rather than the original because I appreciate greatly his own wonder at the whole thing.

Can you imagine the magic (or horror, depending on your constitution,) of being in that screening room yourself?

 

-Aida

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Speaking of… Interesting Conversations

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“Speaking of Art”

Read about it here and here.

Make yourself cozy and settle in to hear them here.

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