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A New Edition of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 That’s Only Readable When You Apply Heat to Its Pages: Pre-Order It Today

Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, a novel of a nearly bookless dystopian future in which "firemen" go around burning any last volumes they can find, lends itself well to highly physical special editions. Last year we featured an asbestos-bound, fireproof version, 200 copies of which were published at the book's first printing in 1953. The year before we featured an experimental edition perhaps even more faithfully reflective of the story's premise, one whose all-black pages only reveal the ...
Tags: Google, Books, College, Ray Bradbury, Seoul, Facebook Twitter, Electric Literature, Bradbury, Colin Marshall, 21st Century Los Angeles, Read Ray Bradbury, Radio Drama Based, Facebook A New Edition of Ray Bradbury


Marie Kondo v. Tsundoku: Competing Japanese Philosophies on Whether to Keep or Discard Unread Books

By now we've all heard of Marie Kondo, the Japanese home-organization guru whose book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up became an international bestseller in 2011. Her advice about how to straighten up the home, branded the "KonMari" method, has more recently landed her that brass ring of early 21st-century fame, her own Netflix series. A few years ago we featured her tips for dealing with your piles of reading material, which, like all her advice, are based on discarding the items t...
Tags: Google, Books, Japan, Washington Post, College, Netflix, Seoul, Tupperware, Facebook Twitter, Marie Kondo, Kondo, Colin Marshall, Ron Charles, Anakana Schofield, 21st Century Los Angeles, Schofield Charles


Marie Kondo v. Tsundoku: Two Japanese Philosophies on Whether to Keep or Discard Unread Books

By now we've all heard of Marie Kondo, the Japanese home-organization guru whose book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up became an international bestseller in 2011. Her advice about how to straighten up the home, branded the "KonMari" method, has more recently landed her that brass ring of early 21st-century fame, her own Netflix series. A few years ago we featured her tips for dealing with your piles of reading material, which, like all her advice, are based on discarding the items t...
Tags: Google, Books, Japan, Washington Post, College, Netflix, Seoul, Tupperware, Facebook Twitter, Marie Kondo, Kondo, Colin Marshall, Ron Charles, Anakana Schofield, 21st Century Los Angeles, Schofield Charles


The Books That Samuel Beckett Read and Really Liked (1941-1956)

Samuel Beckett, Pic, 1" by Roger Pic. Via Wikimedia Commons Clad in a black turtleneck and with a shock of white hair, Samuel Beckett was a gaunt, gloomy high priest of modernism. After the 1955 premiere of Samuel Beckett’s play Waiting for Godot (watch him stage a performance here), Kenneth Tynan quipped, ''It has no plot, no climax, no denouement; no beginning, no middle and no end.'' From there, Beckett’s work only got more austere, bleak and despairing. His 1969 play Breath, for instance,...
Tags: Google, Books, Yahoo, College, Los Angeles, Literature, Around The World, Albert Camus, Samuel Beckett, Agatha Christie, Christie, Facebook Twitter, Beckett, Hollywood Reporter, Theodor Fontane, Suzanne


Life as a librarian in the Māori community

Nearly 700,000 New Zealanders are of Māori descent, with most Māori living in the North Island. Hastings is a city on the North Island, and Hastings District Libraries is made up of three libraries –Flaxmere Library, the Havelock North Library and Community Centre, and the Hastings War Memorial Library which was officially opened in 1959 after the original building was destroyed in the 1931 earthquake.Moana Munro is a librarian specializing in Māori services at Hastings Public Libraries in New Z...
Tags: Books, Featured, Education, Heritage, Libraries, New Zealand, Community, North Island, Moana, Indigenous People, Maori, Oxford University Press, Munro, Hastings District Council, Indigenous Communities, REO


Bill Gates, Book Critic, Names His Top 5 Books of 2018

Before we get too far into 2019, let's quickly recap the five books that made it to the top of Bill Gates' reading list in 2018. Over on his blog, Gates Notes, the Microsoft co-founder offers up these picks. He writes: Educated, by Tara Westover. Tara never went to school or visited a doctor until she left home at 17. I never thought I’d relate to a story about growing up in a Mormon survivalist household, but she’s such a good writer that she got me to reflect on my own life while readi...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Books, Microsoft, College, Bill Gates, Cambridge University, Buddhist, Facebook Twitter, Melinda, Sapiens, Yuval Noah Harari, Harari, Andy Puddicombe, Scharre


How a Word Enters the Dictionary: A Quick Primer

Given that you’re reading this on the Internet, we presume you'll be able to define many of the over 800 words that were added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary in 2018: biohacking bougie bingeable guac hangry Latinx mocktail zoodles But what about some of the humdingers lexicographer Kory Stamper, former associate editor for Merriam-Webster and author of Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries, unleashes in the above video? prescriptivism descriptivism sprachgefühl etymological fa...
Tags: Google, Books, College, New York City, History, Creativity, K-12, English Language, Facebook Twitter, Merriam Webster, Stamper, Kory Stamper, Secret Life of Dictionaries


The Largest J.R.R. Tolkien Exhibit in Generations Is Coming to the U.S.: Original Drawings, Manuscripts, Maps & More

"I first took on The Lord of the Rings at the age of eleven or twelve," writes The New Yorker's Anthony Lane. "It was, and remains, not a book that you happen to read, like any other, but a book that happens to you: a chunk bitten out of your life." The preteen years may remain the most opportune ones in which to pick up the work of J.R.R. Tolkien, but whatever the period in life at which they find their way in, most readers who make the journey through Middle-earth never really leave th...
Tags: Google, Art, Books, Maps, New York, College, America, Seoul, Middle Earth, Robert Louis Stevenson, Tolkien, Morgan, Facebook Twitter, Anthony Lane, Lane, May


11,000 Digitized Books From 1923 Are Now Available Online at the Internet Archive

Whether your interest is in winning arguments online or considerably deepening your knowledge of world cultural and intellectual history, you will be very well-served by at least one government agency from now into the foreseeable future. Thanks to the expiration of the so-called "Micky Mouse Protection Act," the U.S. Copyright Office will release a year’s worth of art, literature, scholarship, photography, film, etc. into the public domain, starting with 1923 this year then moving through the ...
Tags: Google, Books, Congress, College, Archives, Mussolini, James Joyce, Facebook Twitter, William Butler Yeats, Leonardo da Vinci, Josh Jones, Brewster Kahle, Thom, Nietzsche, U S Copyright Office, Haussmann


7 Motivating & Inspiring Self Help Books to Kick the New Year Off Right

Whether you need motivation, money-saving tips, or social guidance, we have the perfect self help book for you. As 2018 comes to a close and 2019 arrives, it is important to find time to reflect on the past 365 days and set new goals for the next 365. One way to motivate yourself to have the best year ever is to read a good self help book. The right book can provide motivation, inspiration, and plenty of actionable tips to help you hit the ground running in the new year.With this in mind, we've...
Tags: Motivation, Books, Shonda Rhimes, College, Nasty Gal, New Year's, Grey, New Year's Resolutions, Dale Carnegie, Sophia, Rhimes, College Life, Meg Jay, Sophia Amoruso, Vanessa Van Edwards, Thomas J Stanley


Haruki Murakami Day: Stream Seven Hours of Mixes Collecting All the Jazz, Classical & Classic American Pop Music from His Novels

What makes the novels of Haruki Murakami — originally written in Japanese and almost unfailingly filled with some odd but deeply characteristic mixture of cats, wells, parallel worlds, mysterious disappearing women with well-formed ears, and much else besides — so beloved around the world? A large part of it must have to do with Murakami's cultural references, sometimes Japanese but most often western, and even more so when it comes to music. "Almost without exception," writes The Week music cr...
Tags: Google, Books, Music, London, College, Georgia, Tokyo, Haruki Murakami, Seoul, Brook Benton, Facebook Twitter, Murakami, Colin Marshall, Scott Meslow, Meslow, Miles Davis Glenn Gould


The Best and Worst Sex Toys (+Books) of 2018

The Best Cat-approved sex education Unlike previous years, this list is filled mostly with books as I’ve reviewed more books than ever on my blog. I hope you’ve all enjoyed my book reviews. I’ve certainly enjoyed reading most of them, especially the following. Just Lehmiller’s book Tell Me What You Want details the responses from over 4,000 Americans about their sexual fantasies. You’ll learn what’s common, why we might have some fantasies, how to talk about them, and when fantasies are best...
Tags: Reviews, Books, College, Vibrators, Don, Minna, Laya


President Obama Names His Favorite Books, Movies & Songs of 2018

Photo by Pete Souza via obamawhitehouse.archive.gov On Facebook this morning, President Obama wrote: "As 2018 draws to a close, I’m continuing a favorite tradition of mine and sharing my year-end lists. It gives me a moment to pause and reflect on the year through the books, movies, and music that I found most thought-provoking, inspiring, or just plain loved. It also gives me a chance to highlight talented authors, artists, and storytellers – some who are household names and others who you may...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Books, Music, Obama, Film, College, Montana, Barack Obama, Kendrick Lamar, Michelle Obama, Ben Rhodes, Hozier, Nelson, Jay Rock


Will Congress penalize colleges that increase tuition?

Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa will serve as chairman of the Senate Finance Committee during the upcoming 115th Congress. Senator Grassley’s decision to lead the Finance Committee may have important consequences for the nation’s colleges and universities. Grassley, a Republican, has criticized increased tuition charges in the face of the pronounced, tax-free growth of many college endowments.In light of his prior statements and the current political environment, a Grassley-led Finance Committe...
Tags: Books, Politics, Featured, Taxes, Education, Law, Congress, Senate, Tax, House, Iowa, Treasury, College Tuition, Tuition, Social Sciences, Vanguard


Independent study guide to logic for philosophers and mathematicians

Retired Cambridge professor Peter Smith has distilled his experience in teaching philosophers and mathematicians about formal logic into a free, frequently updated (last updated: 2017) study guide to logic, constructed to be easily accessible, with quick-start guides for different kinds of learners, written on the assumption of very little education in either maths or philosophy. It is perhaps worth pausing to ask whether you, as a budding philosopher, really do want or need to pursue yo...
Tags: Post, Books, Happy Mutants, News, Education, Logic, Cambridge, Philosophy, Mathematics, Open Access, MOOCs, Peter Smith, Steve Jurvetson, Cantor, Nick Smith, Steinhart


Buzz: The Stimulating History of the Sex Toy

Buzz: The Stimulating History of the Sex Toy $12.99 (Kindle) from Amazon Buzz: The Stimulating History of the Sex Toy starts with an introduction to home sex toy parties and the author’s own history as a salesperson. We learn firsthand how she was taught to push toys to bored housewives despite the very act being illegal in so many places. In her introduction, Hallie explains to the reader how she always had an interest in sex toys. And while she could no longer support companies that m...
Tags: Reviews, Books, College, Sex Toys, Buzz, Babeland, Dodson, Hallie, Lieberman, Doc Johnson, Sturman, NonFiction, Friedan, Histories, Hallie Lieberman, Buzz Lieberman


The Beastie Boys Release a New Freewheeling Memoir, and a Star-Studded 13-Hour Audiobook Featuring Snoop Dogg, Elvis Costello, Bette Midler, John Stewart & Dozens More

Quick way to date yourself: name the first Beastie Boys album you bought (or heard). If you somehow got your hands on an original pressing of their first single “Cooky Puss”—released in 1981 when the then-foursome was a New York hardcore band—congratulations, you’re a legend. If you first bought 1986’s Licensed to Ill—their major label debut and coming-out as a crude rap-rock parody threesome (minus fired drummer Kate Schellenbach), precision-engineered to freak your parents out—congrats...
Tags: Google, Books, Music, New York, Bruce Springsteen, College, Brooklyn, Amy Poehler, Rolling Stone, Rosie Perez, Bette Midler, Kim Gordon, DMC, Mike, PAUL, Facebook Twitter


A Beautifully-Designed Edition of Euclid’s Elements from 1847 Gets Digitized: Explore the New Online, Interactive Reproduction

For two millennia, Euclid's Elements, the foundational ancient work on geometry by the famed Greek mathematician, was required reading for educated people. (The “classically educated” read them in the original Greek.) The influence of the Elements in philosophy and mathematics cannot be overstated; so inspiring are Euclid’s proofs and axioms that Edna St. Vincent Millay wrote a sonnet in his honor. But over time, Euclid’s principles were streamlined into textbooks, and the Elements was read les...
Tags: Google, Art, Books, Math, London, College, Facebook Twitter, Byrne, Josh Jones, Euclid, Taschen, Werner, Durham NC Follow, Edward Tufte, Nicholas Rougeux, Rougeux


A Lover’s Pinch: A Cultural History of Sadomasochism

A Lover's Pinch: A Cultural History of Sadomasochism %18.70 (Kindle) from Amazon Although there are many books about S&M, most of them focus on the erotic or instructional. This isn’t the case with A Lover’s Pinch: A Cultural History of Sadomasochism, a book by kinkster Peter Tupper. This means that A Lover’s Pinch fills a void, and it dives to depths I couldn’t have imagined before I started reading. A Lover’s Pinch is a deep dive that goes far beyond Leopold von Sacher-Masoch the Marquis...
Tags: Reviews, Books, England, Leather, College, America, History, Dc, Bdsm, Pinch, Kink, Orient, Tupper, Peter Tupper, Leopold von Sacher Masoch the Marquis de Sade, Buzz Tupper


Take a Close Look at Basquiat’s Revolutionary Art in a New 500-Page, 14-Pound, Large Format Book by TASCHEN

At many a bookstore and art gallery gift shop, you will find copies of writer and artist Javaka Steptoe’s Radiant Child, a young person’s introduction to Jean-Michel Basquiat. The book has deservedly won a Caldecott Medal and the praise of adult readers who find as much or more to admire in it as their kids do. A surprisingly moving short biography, it hits many of the major notes in Basquiat’s formative years: His Brooklyn childhood and Haitian and Puerto Rican heritage; his love for his encou...
Tags: Google, Art, Books, New York, College, Brooklyn, Andy Warhol, Facebook Twitter, Jean Michel Basquiat, Josh Jones, Basquiat, Taschen, Durham NC Follow, Eleanor Nairne, Javaka Steptoe, Hans Werner Holzwarth


"The book treats us to the spectacle of a distinguished, gray-headed scholar... watching as a young artist commands her audience to spit Jell-O into her pantyhose."

"'I like to question the socially constructed notions of our sense of sex,' she declares. Our hapless sociologist-hero scribbles notes as a male art student screens hard-core pornography as part of his 'practice.' Another artist-in-waiting reflects: 'For me the vagina is the solution.'... The M.F.A. trains artists to talk about their work with slickness and flair, in conformity with the lexicon of the art world. The premise of M.F.A. education, Fine says, is 'helping students not only to be arti...
Tags: Art, Books, Education, Law, Hosiery, Chronicle of Higher Education, Gary Alan Fine, Paradox, Ann Althouse, Class Politics, Art And Politics, Practice of Culture, MFA Education


Donuts, dogs, and de-stressing: library programs to ease student stress

For most students, December is the most wonderful (read: stressful) time of the year. With final projects and exams nearing, students and librarians alike are gearing up for the anxiety-filled, coffee-fuelled days and nights ahead.To help prepare their patrons for the long hours of studying, writing, and prepping, librarians have created anti-procrastination, stress-relieving events that seek to ease the pain of the finals push. We chatted with librarians from the United States, United Kingdom, ...
Tags: Books, UK, Featured, Education, Canada, Exams, College Students, University of Toronto, Facebook Twitter, Toronto Canada, Loyola Marymount University, Michigan State University, United States United Kingdom, John Jackson, University Library, California US


Humiliation, homoeroticism and animal cruelty: inside the frathouse

Photographer Andrew Moisey uncovered ritual hazing, extreme drunkenness and toxic masculinity on one college campus – from men destined to be America’s future leadersLast year in the US, four freshman students died as a direct result of hazing rituals during college fraternity initiation ceremonies. All the deaths occurred during or just after drinking bouts in which the victims consumed vast amounts of spirits in a short space of time while older students egged them on. One of the deceased, Max...
Tags: Books, Photography, Education, Abc, Alcohol, US, America, Life and style, Society, World news, US news, Culture, Art and design, Men, Young People, Social Mobility


Download Over 325 Free Art Books From the Getty Museum

In 2014, Getty Publications announced the launch of its Virtual Library, where readers can freely browse and download 325 art books from the publisher’s backlist catalogue. The Virtual Library consists of texts associated with several Getty institutions. Readers can view extensively researched exhibition catalogues from the J. Paul Getty Museum, including Paul Cézanne's late-life watercolours, when the painter raised the still life to a high art (Cézanne in the Studio: Still Life in Watercolors...
Tags: Google, Art, Books, College, Netherlands, Getty, Montreal, Paul Cézanne, Guggenheim Museum, Antwerp, Facebook Twitter, Cezanne, Getty Museum, Peter Paul Rubens, Jan Brueghel, Getty Research Institute


Why Should We Read Kurt Vonnegut? An Animated Video Makes the Case

Beneath Kurt Vonnegut’s grim, absurdist humor beat the heart of a humanist, but not, by any stretch, an optimist. Vonnegut looked balefully at every project intended to improve the sorry state of human affairs. In Player Piano, for example, he imagines a future very much like that envisioned for us by our contemporary technocratic elite: nearly all work has been automated and the mass of unemployed are given a modest stipend for their living and funneled into what anthropologist David Gr...
Tags: Google, Books, Ge, College, New York Times, Literature, Philip K Dick, General Electric, Dresden, Kurt Vonnegut, Irish Times, HARRIS, Facebook Twitter, Durham NC, WNYC, Josh Jones


Download Beautifully-Designed Bauhaus Books & Journals for Free: Gropius, Klee, Kandinsky, Moholy-Nagy & More

In 1919, German architect Walter Gropius founded Bauhaus, the most influential art school of the 20th century. Bauhaus defined modernist design and radically changed our relationship with everyday objects. Gropius wrote in his manifesto Programm des Staatlichen Bauhauses Weimar that “There is no essential difference between the artist and the artisan.” His new school, which featured faculty that included the likes of Paul Klee, László Moholy-Nagy, Josef Albers and Wassily Kandinsky, did indeed...
Tags: Google, Art, Books, New York, London, Yahoo, College, Berlin, Los Angeles, Munich, Wassily Kandinsky, Mainz, Weimar, Facebook Twitter, Hollywood Reporter, Kunst Munich


Japanese Artist Creates Bookshelf Dioramas That Magically Transport You Into Tokyo’s Back Alleys

Should you find yourself in a Japanese city, spend time not on the Starbucks- and McDonald's-lined boulevards but on the back streets that wind in all directions behind them. Or better yet, head into the back alleys branching off those streets, those half-hidden spaces that offer the most evocative glimpses of life in urban Japan by far. Only there can you find passage into the wonderfully idiosyncratic businesses tucked into the corners of the city, from bars and restaurants to coffee shops an...
Tags: Google, Art, Books, Japan, College, West, Tokyo, Starbucks, Haruki Murakami, Seoul, Buzzfeed Japan, Monde, McDonald, Facebook Twitter, Colin Marshall, 21st Century Los Angeles


Download 569 Free Art Books from The Metropolitan Museum of Art

You could pay $118 on Amazon for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's catalog The Art of Illumination: The Limbourg Brothers and the Belles Heures of Jean de France, Duc de Berry. Or you could pay $0 to download it at MetPublications, the site offering "five decades of Met Museum publications on art history available to read, download, and/or search for free." If that strikes you as an obvious choice, prepare to spend some serious time browsing MetPublications' collection of free art books and catal...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Art, Facebook, Books, College, Seoul, Metropolitan Museum Of Art, Royal Library, Facebook Twitter, Vincent Van Gogh, Leonardo da Vinci, Getty Museum, Limbourg Brothers, Chinese Buddhist, Colin Marshall


Ways to Say Thank You in the Italian Language

Thank you Italians don’t observe the all-American holiday of thanksgiving (la festa del ringraziamento). There are Italian words, but no cultural equivalents for the Pilgrim fathers (padri pellegrini) and the American Indians (Amerindi) who came together to celebrate the harvest (il raccolto) in the new world (il Nuovo Mondo). Italians do eat turkey (tacchino) and pumpkin (zucca) but not in the traditional way (modo tradizionale) that Americans prepare them on Thanksgiving. Yet Italian has a wo...
Tags: Travel, Books, Thanksgiving, Education, Culture, Web/Tech, Weblogs, Language, Italy, Italian Expressions, Grazie, Sayings and expressions, Italian language, Dianne Hales, thank you in Italian, Ma immaginati Ma


Leonard Cohen’s Last Work, The Flame Gets Published: Discover His Final Poems, Drawings, Lyrics & More

It's a perverse irony or an apt metaphor: Leonard Cohen is best known for a song that took him five years to write, and that went almost unheard on its debut, in part because the head of Columbia’s music division, Walter Yetnikoff, refused to release Cohen’s 1985 album Various Positions in the U.S. “Leonard, we know you’re great,” said Yetnikoff, “We just don’t know if you’re any good.” It might have been Cohen’s summation of life itself. It wasn’t until Jeff Buckley’s electric gospel cover in ...
Tags: Google, Books, Music, College, America, United States, Paris, The Guardian, Elvis Costello, God, Malcolm Gladwell, Leonard Cohen, Columbia, Jeff Buckley, John Cale, Reich



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