March 10, 2014 • Fiction
It’s pretty common for today’s media to have suggested hashtags so we can join the community of fans talking about a (theoretically) shared experience. You see them in movie trailers. They pop-up on your screen multiple times during your favorite TV show. And even books will often include a suggested hashtag on the back cover.
Recently, I’ve seen a ton of posts that posit what it might look like if classic TV show XYZ had suggested hashtags. My favorite one is for Friends. So I started wondering what it would look like if our favorite classic works of literature had similarly suggested Twitter hashtags…
March 6, 2014 • Fiction
(image via the awesome Blue Willow Books)
Shopping in a bookstore is a bit like shopping at a hardware store: if you’re there for something specific, you need to know a thing or two about the item you’re looking for before attempting to find it in the aisles. If you’re there to browse, the world is your oyster.
As a bookseller, I’ve often heard people ask for a book they saw several weeks ago, on that table near the café (you know the one!), that had a blue cover. But lots books go on display every week, on many tables, and some of those books were published two, five, ten years ago! Feeling helpless and apologetic, all I can do is point out general sections of the store where they might find a blue book. So to correct future sadness, arm yourself with bookstore etiquette and prepare to fill your arms with all the books you could ever want!
February 19, 2014 • FictionFirst rule of adapting a classic to the silver screen: make sure your music is top-notch.John Williams did it again and again with the Harry Potter score, and where would Charlie and the Chocolate Factory be without the Oompa Loompa chorus? From making our hearts race in the intro credits to The Hunger Games, to crying every time you hear “The Rains of Castamere”, there’s no doubt that music in the movies has gone on to become iconic (one word: Psycho).Check out some of our favorite bookish picks, and give them a listen the next time you crack open Tolstoy in a dark, silent night.
February 11, 2014 • Fiction, Travel
Charles Darwin—traveler, naturalist, and father of evolution—would have celebrated his 205th birthday on this day, and in honor of this most momentous occasion, let’s look at the explorers who, in their respective works of literature, braved the perils and uncertainties of new worlds, either in the pursuit of knowledge, or the avoidance of the mundane.
January 30, 2014 • Fiction
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Ah, that most American, sportastic of diversions: the Super Bowl! What could be more thrilling, entertaining, and vaguely ritualistic than a bunch of quarterbacks dribbling the ol’ pigskin down the Football Court to make the crucial penalty basket and break the love-love tie?