A library is not just about books: it’s also a place for the vulnerable by Angela Clarke (via librariesbuildcommunity)
Selfie game so strong time itself can’t contain it
Click on that picture and look at the rest of the pictures and fall in love, I dare you not to.
Design Firm Creates a ‘Reading Net’ For Library-Loving Minors
Spain’s Playoffice, a child-centric design firm, created the “reading net" in an attempt to making reading more fun for kids. The "reading net" stretches across the length of a library room, and kids can play on it in between chapters.
Why do kids get to have all the fun? Why not “reading nets” for adult patrons?
I want this. Now.
It’s all fun and games until you fall asleep on the reading net with rope indentations on your bum that won’t go away until the evening. Not that I’ve fallen asleep reading in a hammock or anything.
|—||What sells me on this life? The well-cooled wine bottles, obviously. — The restless life of Margaret Wise Brown, author of Goodnight Moon. - Slate Magazine (via thepierglass)|
Nancy Wake, who has died in London just before her 99th birthday, was a New Zealander brought up in Australia. She became a nurse, a journalist who interviewed Adolf Hitler, a wealthy French socialite, a British agent and a French resistance leader. She led 7,000 guerrilla fighters in battles against the Nazis in the northern Auvergne, just before the D-Day landings in 1944. On one occasion, she strangled an SS sentry with her bare hands. On another, she cycled 500 miles to replace lost codes. In June 1944, she led her fighters in an attack on the Gestapo headquarters at Montlucon in central France.
Ms Wake was furious the TV series [later made about her life] suggested she had had a love affair with one of her fellow fighters. She was too busy killing Nazis for amorous entanglements, she said.
Nancy recalled later in life that her parachute had snagged in a tree. The French resistance fighter who freed her said he wished all trees bore “such beautiful fruit.” Nancy retorted: “Don’t give me that French shit.”
"strangled an SS sentry with her bare hands"
"too busy killing Nazis for amorous entanglements"
"don’t give me that French shit."
"If Famous Writers had Instagram" By Harper Collins
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Andrew Wyeth: Farm Pond, Gouache (1984)
“Kelly and I discussed vampires who write in diaries”(via elanormcinerney)
The bookstore business is supposed to be dying, but Ann Patchett begs to differ. She discussed her independent shop, Parnassus Books, and the future of bookstores for The Daily Beast’s "How I Write" series. "I can’t remember the last time I was in a bad bookstore. The future of independent bookstores is strong. We need to be small. The day of the 30,000 square foot bookstore is over, but the day of the 3000 square foot bookstore has arrived." Patchett was also interviewed for The New York Times “By the Book” series, where she said Charlotte’s Web had such an impact on her as a kid that she got a pet pig and became a vegetarian.
The Week That Wasn’t by Sarah Lazarovic: Toronto Seasons (well, most places in Canada really)
Mostly because I have a recent love affair with Toronto, but also because New England is like this, though less extreme. But back to Toronto, I’m going to hit you up this summer, so watch out.