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800+ Treasured Medieval Manuscripts to Be Digitized by Cambridge & Heidelberg Universities

Western civilization may fast be going digital, but it still retains its roots in Ancient Greece. And so it makes a certain circle-closing sense to digitize the legacy left us by our Ancient Greek forebears and the medieval scholars who preserved it. Cambridge and Heidelberg, two of Europe's oldest universities, this month announced their joint intention to embark upon just such a project. It will take two years and cost £1.6 million, reports the BBC, but it will digitize "more than 800 volumes...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Europe, Books, Greece, College, History, Bbc, Libraries, Cambridge, Vatican, Philosophy, Seoul, British Library, Heidelberg, Aristotle

Killer Rabbits in Medieval Manuscripts: Why So Many Drawings in the Margins Depict Bunnies Going Bad

In all the kingdom of nature, does any creature threaten us less than the gentle rabbit? Though the question may sound entirely rhetorical today, our medieval ancestors took it more seriously — especially if they could read illuminated manuscripts, and even more so if they drew in the margins of those manuscripts themselves. "Often, in medieval manuscripts’ marginalia we find odd images with all sorts of monsters, half man-beasts, monkeys, and more," writes Sexy Codicology's Marjolein de Vos. "...
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100-Year-Old Holocaust Survivor Helen Fagin Reads Her Letter About How Books Save Lives

"Could you imagine a world without access to reading, to learning, to books?" Helen Fagin, who poses that question, doesn't have to imagine it: she experienced that grim reality, and worse besides. "At twenty-one," she continues, "I was forced into Poland’s World War II ghetto, where being caught reading anything forbidden by the Nazis meant, at best, hard labor; at worst, death." There she operated a school in secret where she taught Jewish children Latin and mathematics, soon realizing th...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Books, College, Nazis, Neil Gaiman, History, Poland, Brian Eno, Seoul, Judy Blume, David Byrne, Facebook Twitter, Yo Yo Ma, Jane Goodall, Helen Keller

Pioneering Sci-Fi Author William Gibson Predicts in 1997 How the Internet Will Change Our World

"What's the one thing that all great works of science fiction have in common?" asks a 1997 episode of The Net, the BBC's television series about the possibilities of this much-talked-about new thing called the internet. "They all tried to see into the future, and they all got it wrong. Orwell's 1984, Huxley's Brave New World, Arthur C. Clarke's 2001: all, to some extent or other, wrong. And there's another name to add to this list: William Gibson." But then on strolls Gibson himself, fre...
Tags: Google, Books, Technology, College, Bbc, Literature, Clarke, Sci Fi, William Gibson, Mark Twain, Seoul, Orwell, Soviet Union, Facebook Twitter, Gibson, London Times

Why Should We Read Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451? A New TED-Ed Animation Explains

Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 envisions a future where "firemen" are sent out not to put out fires, but to burn up any books they find with flamethrowers. To students assigned to read the novel today, the idea of an America that has outlawed books entirely might seem like an intriguing if far-fetched notion, perhaps more suited to the reality of the 1950s than the reality of today. Even if we've never read Fahrenheit 451, nearly all of us know the basic outline of its story by now, so wh...
Tags: Google, Books, College, Ray Bradbury, America, United States, Animation, Gillespie, Seoul, Alexandria, University of Wisconsin Madison, Facebook Twitter, Bradbury, Colin Marshall, 21st Century Los Angeles, Read Ray Bradbury

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...
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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 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

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

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

Hundreds of Wonderful Japanese Firework Designs from the Early-1900s: Digitized and Free to Download

The Japanese term for fireworks, hanabi ( ?? ), combines the words for fire, bi ( ? ), and flower, hana ( ? ). If you've seen fireworks anywhere, that derivation may seem at least vaguely apt, but if you've seen Japanese fireworks, it may well strike you as evocative indeed. The traditional Japanese way with presenting flowers, their shapes and colors as well as their scents, has something in common with the traditional Japanese way of putting on a fireworks show. Not that the production of fi...
Tags: Google, South Korea, Books, Japan, Design, London, College, China, Seoul, Facebook Twitter, Yokohama, Colin Marshall, 21st Century Los Angeles, Yokohama Board of Education, Hirayama Fireworks, Yokoi Fireworks

Download Digitized Copies of The Negro Travelers’ Green Book, the Pre-Civil Rights Guide to Traveling Safely in the U.S. (1936-66)

As an American living outside America, I'm often asked how best to see my homeland by people wanting to visit it. I always suggest the same method: road-tripping, preferably across the entire continent — a way of experiencing the U.S. of A guaranteed to at once to confirm and shatter the visitor's pre-existing perceptions of the country. But even under the best possible conditions, such road trips have their arduous stretches and even their dangers, a fact understood by nobody better than by th...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, Books, College, America, History, Nypl, Vox, Martin Luther King, New York Public Library, Seoul, Jim Crow, Deep South, Academia, Facebook Twitter

The Model Book of Calligraphy (1561–1596): A Stunningly Detailed Illuminated Manuscript Created over Three Decades

Whenever a technology develops just enough to become interesting, someone inevitably pushes it to extremes. In the case of that reliable and long-lived technology known as the book, writers and artists were looking for ways to maximize its potential as a device for conveying the written word and the drawn image as far back as the 16th century. One particularly glorious example, The Model Book of Calligraphy, has come available online, to view or download, thanks to the Getty. This decades-spann...
Tags: Google, Art, Facebook, Books, College, History, Vienna, Getty, Seoul, Facebook Twitter, Ferdinand, Colin Marshall, 21st Century Los Angeles, Public Domain Review Related Content, Georg Bocskay, Rudolph II Ferdinand

Wagashi: Peruse a Digitized, Centuries-Old Catalogue of Traditional Japanese Candies

If you've been to Japan, or even to any of the Japanese neighborhoods in cities around the world, you've seen wagashi (和菓子). You've probably, at least for a moment, marveled at their appearance as well: though essentially nothing more than sweet treats, they're made with such striking variety and refinement that you might hesitate to bite into them. First created in the 16th century, when trade with China made sugar into a staple in Japan, wagashi have developed into one of the country's signa...
Tags: Google, Books, Japan, Instagram, College, China, Food & Drink, Seoul, Facebook Twitter, Colin Marshall, Andrea James, Bamboo Tea Whisks Hina Dolls Steel Balls More, Rilakkuma, 21st Century Los Angeles, Facebook Wagashi

A Medieval Book That Opens Six Different Ways, Revealing Six Different Books in One

Technology has come so far that we consider it no great achievement when a device the size of a single paper book can contain hundreds, even thousands, of different texts. But 21st-century humanity didn't come up with the idea of putting multiple books in one, nor did we first bring that idea into being — not by a long shot. Medieval book historian Erik Kwakkel points, for example, to the "dos-à-dos" (back to back) binding of the 16th and 17th centuries, which made for books "like Siamese twins...
Tags: Google, Europe, Books, Technology, Sweden, College, Germany, History, Seoul, Napoleon, Facebook Twitter, National Library, Andrew Tarantola, Colin Marshall, Erik Kwakkel, 21st Century Los Angeles

Download Classic Japanese Wave and Ripple Designs: A Go-to Guide for Japanese Artists from 1903

Traditional Japanese art may please so many of us, even those of us with little interest in Japan itself, because of the way it inhabits the realm between representation and abstraction. But then, it doesn't just inhabit that realm: it has settled those borderlands, made them its own, for much longer than most cultures have been doing anything at all. The space between art, strictly defined, and what we now call design has also seen few achievements quite so impressive as those made in Japan, g...
Tags: Google, Art, Books, Japan, Design, College, History, Seoul, Kyoto, Public Domain, Facebook Twitter, Mori, Colin Marshall, Nihonga, 21st Century Los Angeles, Public Domain Review Related Content

The Assassin’s Cabinet: A Hollowed Out Book, Containing Secret Cabinets Full of Poison Plants, Made in 1682

Hasn't every child dreamed of a having a hollowed-out book on their shelf, inside of which they can hide whatever forbidden objects of mischief they like without fear of discovery? The idea surely goes back many generations, and possibly even to the era when not many adults, let along children, owned any books at all. A decade ago, a hollowed-out book dated 1682 went up on the auction block at German house Hermann Historica, and these photos of its elaborate design have captivated the imaginati...
Tags: Google, Europe, Books, College, History, Seoul, Napoleon, Facebook Twitter, Jessica Stewart, Colin Marshall, 21st Century Los Angeles, Hermann Historica, Herrman Historica, Greek Republic, Kunstkammer

A Visionary 115-Year-Old Color Theory Manual Returns to Print: Emily Noyes Vanderpoel’s Color Problems

Nobody can doubt that we can live in an age of screen-reading, nor that it has brought a few problems along with its considerable conveniences. To name just one of those problems, each of us reads on our own screen, and each screen reproduces the information fed into it to display differently. A color, for instance, might well not look quite the same to any given reader of an e-book as it did to the designer who originally chose it. This imbues with a new relevance the old dorm-room phil...
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Do Our Dreams Predict the Future? Vladimir Nabokov Spent Three Months Testing That Theory in 1964

Photo by NC Mallory via Flickr Commons  Why keep a dream journal? There's probably amusing befuddlement and even a kind of roundabout enlightenment to be had in looking back over one's subconscious visions, so vivid during the night, that vanish so soon after waking. But now we have another, more compelling reason to write down our dreams: Vladimir Nabokov did it. This we know from the recently published Insomniac Dreams, a collection of the entries from the Lolita and Pale Fire author's dream ...
Tags: Psychology, Google, Books, College, Time, Senegal, Literature, Red Army, Seoul, Alfred Hitchcock, Kafka, Cornell, Vladimir Nabokov, Facebook Twitter, Nabokov, Montreux

Joseph Heller’s Handwritten Outline for Catch-22, One of the Great Novels of the 20th Century

We remember Catch-22, more than half a century after its publication, as a rollicking satire of American military culture in wartime. But those of us who return to Joseph Heller's debut novel, a cult favorite turned bestseller turned pillar of the modern canon, find a much more complex piece of work. Heller began writing the manuscript in 1953, while still employed as a copywriter at a small advertising agency. The project grew in ambition over the next eight years he spent working on it, event...
Tags: Google, Books, Snowden, College, Harvard, Literature, Joseph Heller, Seoul, Evelyn Waugh, J K Rowling, Facebook Twitter, Milo, Orr, Cathcart, Heller, William Faulkner

Hear David Lynch Read from His New Memoir Room to Dream, and Browse His New Online T-Shirt Store

We think of David Lynch as a filmmaker, and rightly so, but the director of Eraserhead, Blue Velvet, and Mulholland Drive has long kept a more diverse creative portfolio. He began as a painter, studying at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and has also tried his hand at photography, music, and comic strips. More recently, writes the AV Club's Randall Colburn, "Lynch has also released his own line of coffee, collaborated on Twin Peaks-themed beer and skateboards, and created his own fes...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Books, Fashion, Film, Washington Post, College, Turkey, Seoul, David Lynch, Facebook Twitter, Lynch, Mulholland Drive, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, AV Club, Colin Marshall

Ralph Steadman Creates an Unorthodox Illustrated Biography of Sigmund Freud, the Father of Psychoanalysis (1979)

Sigmund Freud died in 1939, and the nearly eight decades since haven't been kind to his psychoanalytical theories, but in some sense he survives. "For many years, even as writers were discarding the more patently absurd elements of his theory — penis envy, or the death drive — they continued to pay homage to Freud’s unblinking insight into the human condition," writes the New Yorker's Louis Menand. He claims that Freud thus evolved, "in the popular imagination, from a scientist into a kind of p...
Tags: Psychology, Google, Art, Books, London, College, Nazis, History, Austria, Las Vegas, Seoul, Sigmund Freud, Virginia Woolf, Thompson, Freud, Hunter

Hear Philip Roth Read from Five of His Major Novels: Sabbath’s Theater, The Ghost Writer and More

"I saw and heard something remarkable just a few hours ago," wrote New Yorker editor David Remnick a little over five years ago, "something I’m not likely to forget until all the mechanisms of remembering are shot and I’m tucked away for good." He had attended an eightieth-birthday celebration for the late Philip Roth at the Newark Museum. There, after a series of tributes from fellow literary figures including Jonathan Lethem, Hermione Lee, and Edna O'Brien, the Newark-born-and-raised n...
Tags: Google, Books, College, Literature, Philip Roth, Newark, Paul Auster, Seoul, Nemesis, Facebook Twitter, Jackie Robinson, Roth, Sabbath, Zuckerman, Edna O Brien, David Remnick

The Art of Sci-Fi Book Covers: From the Fantastical 1920s to the Psychedelic 1960s & Beyond

If you've never seen Gentlemen Broncos, the little-seen third feature by the Napoleon Dynamite-making husband-and-wife team Jared and Jerusha Hess, I highly recommend it. You must, though, enjoy the peculiar Hess sense of humor, a blend of the almost objectively detached and the heartily sophomoric fixed upon the preoccupations of deeply unfashionable sections of working-class America. In Gentlemen Broncos it makes itself felt immediately, even before the film's story of a young aspiring...
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How Illuminated Medieval Manuscripts Were Made: A Step-by-Step Look at this Beautiful, Centuries-Old Craft

What place does the paper book have in our increasingly all-digital present? While some utilitarian arguments once marshaled in its favor ("You can read them in the bathtub" and the like) have fallen into disuse, other, more aesthetically focused arguments have arisen: that a work in print, for example, can achieve a state of beauty as an object in and of itself, the way a file on a laptop, phone, or reader never can. In a sense, this case for the paper book in the 21st century comes bac...
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Get Free Drawing Lessons from Katsushika Hokusai, Who Famously Painted The Great Wave of Kanagawa: Read His How-To Book, Quick Lessons in Simplified Drawings

Even if you don't know eighteenth and nineteenth century Japanese art, you definitely know the work of eighteenth and nineteenth century Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai — specifically his Great Wave off Kanagawa. (And if you'd like to know a little more about it, have a look at this short video from PBS' The Art Assignment.) But if that so often reproduced, imitated, and parodied 1830s woodblock print stands for Hokusai's oeuvre, it also obscures it, for in his long life he created not just ...
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Joan Didion Creates a Handwritten List of the 19 Books That Changed Her Life

If you've read much Joan Didion, you've almost surely come across an observation or phrase that has changed the way you look at California, the media, or the culture of the late 20th century — or indeed, changed your life. But if life-changing writers have all had their own lives changed by the writers before them, which writers made Joan Didion the Joan Didion whose writing still exerts an influence today? Conveniently enough, the author of Play It as It Lays, Slouching Towards Bethlehem, and ...
Tags: Google, Books, London, California, College, Berlin, George Orwell, Paris, Literature, Joan Didion, John, Seoul, Henry James, Joyce Carol Oates, Samarra, Bethlehem

How the Brilliant Colors of Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts Were Made with Alchemy

Today the word "alchemy" seems used primarily to label a variety of crackpot pursuits, with their bogus premises and impossible promises. To the extent that alchemists long strove to turn lead miraculously into gold, that sounds like a fair enough charge, but the field of alchemy as a whole, whose history runs from Hellenistic Egypt to the 18th century (with a revival in the 19th), chalked up a few lasting, reality-based accomplishments as well. Take, for instance, medieval illuminated m...
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