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  2. kudou-kun:

summer reading by (Sun P)

    kudou-kun:

    summer reading by (Sun P)

    (via booklover)

  3. bookpatrol:

    Minnesota: Land of 10,000 lakes and 1 floating library

    There are lakes everywhere in Minnesota and now one of them has a floating library.

    Thanks to Sarah Peters the contraption above is open for business on Cedar Lake in Minneapolis. Designed by Molly Reichert the 8 foot structure will hold upwards of 80 books for water travelers to peruse and check out.

    Canoes, kayaks, paddle boards, skiffs, rowboats, or even inner tubes are invited to paddle up to the Library and browse the shelves from inside their watercraft. The library has both circulating and reference collections of artists’ books contributed by artists nationwide. A staff of friendly floating librarians facilitate the check out process and make reading suggestions

    There are even drop off boxes on the shore to return the books.

    About the project, Peters told the Minneapolis Star Tribune “Art books are not a widely known art form..And so there’s an element of delight and surprise. First of all, canoeing along and coming across a library. And then having it stocked with books that are totally unique. It’s like this double whammy of inventiveness. It can expand people’s ideas of what art is.”

    True enough but it could also ruin a lot of those unique books. Granted one cannot enter the library but the confluence of books and water rarely ends well.

    Perhaps a shore-based library by the landing dock could have achieved the goal of exposing people to the pleasures of book arts and artists books without  the high risk. But then again maybe the reward is in the risk.

    Story at the Star Tribune: The land of 10,000 lakes now has a floating library 

    Floating Library website

    Flickr set of the Floating Library, 2013

    h/t Shelf Awareness

    (via abookblog)

  4. "I’m a very ordinary human being; I just happen to like reading books."

     - Haruki Murakami, 1Q84 (via wordsnquotes)

    (via abookblog)

  5. nouvellabooks:

Well, this is just everything.
nouvellabooks:

Well, this is just everything.
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    nouvellabooks:

    Well, this is just everything.

  6. abookblog:

    I went back and marked the parts I thought were important in green and yellow. The pink are parts I cried.

  7. subtilitas:

    Robbrecht en Daem - Transformation of a former dairy to musician living quarters and practice space, Gaasbeek 2004. Photos (C) Kristien Daem.

  8. awesomepeoplereading:

Isabella Rossellini reads. In a bear suit.
awesomepeoplereading:

Isabella Rossellini reads. In a bear suit.
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    awesomepeoplereading:

    Isabella Rossellini reads. In a bear suit.

  9. bookmania:

    Bookay-Ukay Bookshop, Quezon City, Philippines. Drools! I was drooling over this bookshop along Maginhawa street near the University of the Philippines. It was a heavenly experience roaming around taking random shots of, yeah, HEAVEN! I’ve been living here for years, and I only found out that it’s just a few minutes away from home.

    Towers of books, fancy bookmark gallery (I’ll be showing them in the future posts so better stay tuned!) insane book installation, crazy typewriter installation, friendly owner, you name it… it’s the coolest bookshop in the neighborhood!

  10. "The difference between a Not Writer and a Writer is the difference between someone who *could* write and someone who *does*. A Not Writer is someone who experiences blocks and obstacles and timing issues and lets them prevent him or her from actually writing. A Not Writer may certainly be creative, insightful and capable of writing lyrical prose, but most of the time they’re too busy Not Writing to get any Writing done. That’s such a shame, such a waste, and that’s the reason I so often deploy Tough Love upon those who ask for advice."

     -

    Alex Vance considers the problem of the Not-Writer, a fine addition to our ongoing archive on writing.  

    The daily routines of famous writers should leave little doubt that the single most important skill in writing is the art of showing up.

    (via explore-blog)

    (Source: explore-blog)

  11. ladiesagainsthumanity:

Although do the witches only talk about Macbeth? Do Ophelia and Gertrude only talk about Hamlet? Does the Nurse have a last name?? Goddamnit.
ladiesagainsthumanity:

Although do the witches only talk about Macbeth? Do Ophelia and Gertrude only talk about Hamlet? Does the Nurse have a last name?? Goddamnit.
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    ladiesagainsthumanity:

    Although do the witches only talk about Macbeth? Do Ophelia and Gertrude only talk about Hamlet? Does the Nurse have a last name?? Goddamnit.

  12. nevver:

1984
nevver:

1984
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  13. 
The Clothes Horse: Books Are The Quietest And Most Constant Friends

The Clothes Horse: Books Are The Quietest And Most Constant Friends
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