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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 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...
Tags: Google, Art, Books, College, Charles Darwin, Seoul, Facebook Twitter, Historical Society, Werner, Kandinsky, Ptak, Colin Marshall, Gertrud Arndt Marianne Brandt Anni Albers, 21st Century Los Angeles, Sun Goethe, Goethe Newton


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...
Tags: Google, Art, Utah, Books, College, Sci Fi, Penguin, Seoul, Jared, Hess, PAUL, Facebook Twitter, Jerusha Hess, Colin Marshall, Austria Hungary, 21st Century Los Angeles


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...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Books, College, History, Seoul, Facebook Twitter, Getty Museum, Colin Marshall, 21st Century Los Angeles, Vatican Dante


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 ...
Tags: Google, Art, Books, College, Pbs, Seoul, Facebook Twitter, Hokusai, Kanagawa, Katsushika Hokusai, Colin Marshall, 21st Century Los Angeles, Mark Crilley, Theodolite Hokusai, Facebook Get Free Drawing Lessons, Quick Lessons


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...
Tags: Google, Art, Facebook, Books, College, History, Chemistry, Getty, Seoul, Facebook Twitter, Colin Marshall, 21st Century Los Angeles, Vatican Dante, Hellenistic Egypt


Behold the Beautiful Pages from a Medieval Monk’s Sketchbook: A Window Into How Illuminated Manuscripts Were Made (1494)

It takes no small amount of inquiry, from no few angles, to truly understand a form of art. This goes even more so for forms of art with which most of us in the 21st century have little direct experience. Take, for example, the illuminated manuscript: its history stretches back to the fifth century and it has arguably shaped all the forms of visual-textual storytelling we enjoy today, yet surely not one of a million of us understands how the artisans that made them did it. The Public Domain Re...
Tags: Google, Art, Books, College, Germany, History, Rebecca, Seoul, Duke, Facebook Twitter, Colin Marshall, Public Domain Review, Württemberg, 21st Century Los Angeles, Stephan Schriber, Schriber


Stream Big Playlists of Music from Haruki Murakami’s Personal Vinyl Collection and His Strange Literary Worlds

Haruki Murakami readers, or even those of us who've just read about his novels, know to expect certain things from his books: cats, ears, wells, strange parallel realities, and above all music. And not just any music, but highly deliberate selections from the Western classical, pop, and jazz canons, all no doubt pulled straight from the shelves of the writer's vast personal record library. That personal library may well have grown a few records vaster today, given that it's Murakami's 69...
Tags: Google, Books, Music, Japan, College, Literature, Tokyo, Haruki Murakami, Michael Jackson, Seoul, Facebook Twitter, Haydn, Oates, Miles Davis Duke Ellington, Murakami, Colin Marshall


Notations: John Cage Publishes a Book of Graphic Musical Scores, Featuring Visualizations of Works by Leonard Bernstein, Igor Stravinsky, The Beatles & More (1969)

If you know just one piece by avant-garde composer and all-around oracle of indeterminacy John Cage, you know 1952's 4'33", which consists, for that length of time, of no deliberately played sounds at all. You'd think that if any piece could be played without a score, Cage's signature composition could, but he did make sure to write one, and we featured it here on Open Culture a few years ago. Look at that score, of sorts, and you'll sense that Cage had an interest not just in unconventional mu...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Books, Music, College, Seoul, Cage, John Cage, Facebook Twitter, Bach, Gyorgy Ligeti, Mike Perry, Colin Marshall, 21st Century Los Angeles, Stravinsky Debussy Bach Beethoven Mozart, Rainer Wehinger


The David Bowie Book Club Gets Launched by His Son: Read One of Bowie’s 100 Favorite Books Every Month

Cast as the star of 1976's The Man Who Fell to Earth, David Bowie traveled to New Mexico for the shoot, meeting with director Nicolas Roeg soon upon arrival. "I took with me hundreds and hundreds of books," Bowie said to The Face magazine a few years later. "And I had these cabinets" — a modernized Jacobean traveling library — "and they were rather like the boxes that amplifiers get packed up in, and I was going through all these books and they were pouring out all over the floor — there were j...
Tags: Google, Books, London, College, Face, David, Britain, Brooklyn, David Bowie, New Mexico, Seoul, NICK, Jones, Joyce Carol Oates, Duncan Jones, Bowie


Invisible Cities Illustrated: Artist Illustrates Each and Every City in Italo Calvino’s Classic Novel

If you want to read a book about cities, you still can't do much better than a slim, plotless work of fiction by Italo Calvino wherein the explorer Marco Polo tells the emperor Kublai Khan of what he's seen in his travels across the world. Originally published in Italian in 1972, Invisible Cities has inspired generations of readers, hailing from all across the world themselves, to think in entirely new ways not just about cities but about travel, place, perception, reality, myth, and literature...
Tags: Google, Art, Facebook, Books, College, Peru, Marco Polo, Khan, Seoul, Facebook Twitter, Kublai Khan, Italo Calvino, Puente, Colin Marshall, Calvino, Isaura



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