February 19, 2018

Converted attic bookshelves

Scared of your attic?
Have a ladder?

Two birds, one stone.
You're welcome.

February 18, 2018

The Oxford English Dictionary

That bastion of our sacred language. Now the highly esteemed book includes such apt terms as mansplaining, hangry, and snowflake.

What hasn't quite made the list? Poonami, poomageddon, and apoocalypse, all terms to describe "an explosion of infant feces of epic proportions."

Maybe next year...

February 16, 2018

The Obsessively Detailed Map of American Literature’s Most Epic Road Trips

The map below is a "painstaking and admittedly quixotic effort" to show the United States through the lens of road-tripping literature.

"You can ruminate about what those differences say about American travel, American writing, American history..."

February 15, 2018

Charting the Geography of Classic Literature

A new exhibit at Harvard's Houghton Library focuses on maps of fictional worlds. The collection includes the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, L. Frank Baum, and Ursula K. Le Guin. There are over 60 maps on display through April 14, 2018. Go visit! But before you head east, check out one of the library's Boston Museum of Fine Arts passes. Friends, you could get some serious museum visiting in.

February 14, 2018

Here's your Valentine for the day.

Mo Willems visited a local elementary school in South Hadley recently. Part of his mission is to inspire young readers in struggling schools. "Wiggling, dancing and shouting as he read aloud two illustrated stories, Willems brought to life the books that the students read as part of the school's curriculum. After the presentation, he gifted each of the 139 second-graders one of his books, and donated 60 picture books by various authors to the school library."

February 13, 2018