I don’t think people understand that I don’t just want books to read them - even having them around makes me feel better. Stacks of books on my desk and a paperback in my hands, even just seeing a book, it makes me feel calm and safe, their presence is magic.
There’s a see-through book weight
that will keep your hands from cramping
up when you’re reading a heavy novel.
‘Book on Book’ was invented when a
Japanese designer got tired of using
his phone and wallet to hold pages open
while he ate. Source
Storium is an awesome collaborative online storytelling game in which you and your friends (or strangers) play characters who interact through a series of scenes, overcoming challenges and writing your own unique story.
The Narrator chooses the world that the story is set in (with choices such as ‘occult pulp horror’, ‘medical drama’ and ‘cyberpunk’), then starts each scene, using cards to give the players challenges to overcome. The other players then try to overcome these challenges, progressing the story in fun and interesting ways.
It’s a clever storycrafting experience that nurtures creativity, imagination and interaction.
Wrong Hands cartoonist John Atkinson
has a series of short novel descriptions
called Abridged Classics illustrations. If
you haven’t read the book, you get the
gist. If you have, there’s a chance you’ll
find them amusing. Source
Princeton scientist Adam Calhoun decided to strip the words from his favorite texts to look at the punctuation alone, and noticed a few significant differences among great works of literature. Pictured below, for instance, is a passage from Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian (on the left), compared with one from William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom!
Calhoun also surveyed the frequency of various punctuation marks in several different books. He found, fittingly for Ernest Hemingway’s famously straightforward, declarative style, that A Farewell to Arms is short on the exclamation points and generous with the periods. And the oft-misused semicolon seems to get less popular over time; comparePride and Prejudice (originally published in 1813) with Blood Meridian (1985).
Additionally, Calhoun turned his findings into “heat maps” by representing periods, question marks, and exclamation marks in red, commas and quotation marks in green, and semicolons and colons in blue.