You should absolutely read (and buy!):
Because it’s wonderful, obviously. I’m sure almost all of you already know how hilarious Allie is, and if not you MUST check out her blog ASAP and just know that her book is that PLUS oh so much more. What I mean by that is: this book is 60% pure hilarity, but also 40% hard-hitting-but-FUNNY-self-reflection-that-makes-you-as-the-reader-be-brutally-honest-with-yourself-because-omg-god-Allie-feels-the-same-way-which-means-you-are-not-alone——and those are my favourite kinds of books.
I wasn’t sure the blog would translate to book, and I am delighted that I was wrong.
The book is amazing and wonderful and will make you laugh so hard you’ll cry.
Creepy/cute skeletons from 1605.
Lost on the page
Lovely skeletons that seem lost on the page: where is the exit again? One of many enjoyable (though seriously-meant) images from an anatomical handbook printed in Frankfurt in 1605. The 131 illustrations in the book were ripped from publications of well-known contemporary scholars.
I did it. I found the ultimate tumblr bookstore.
why was green eggs and ham banned??
THAT is a really good question
According to the New York Public Library blog, it was removed from a school “because it violated a school ban on political messages for the line ‘I know up on top you are seeing great sights, but down here at the bottom, we too should have rights.’” http://on.nypl.org/16y9fXY
The linked post says that’s Yertle the Turtle, and that Green Eggs and Ham was banned in China for its portrayal of early Marxism.
"I get so excited about new books, I HUG THEM."
Abandoned: Mark Twain Branch Detroit Public Library by Brandon P. Davis
Being a book person, this makes me sad. On the other hand, it looks oddly beautiful, these images of dying books.
Ugh, this kills me. Dammit Detroit! Why can’t I be rich enough to save you?
Bookshelves with ladder
So many books to read. So many stories to be a part of.
Books + Secret Art = Super Awesome
"There are two basic forms, including paintings on edges that have been fanned and edges that are closed; thus with the first instance a book edge must be fanned to see the painting and in the second the painting is on the closed edge itself and thus should not be fanned. A fanned painting is one that is not visible when the book is closed."
The fanned fore-edge paintings you see here come courtesy of Colleen Theise at the Special Collections & University Archives at the University of Iowa. The first one is from an 1837 book by Robert Mudie entitled Autumn.
"Fore-edge painting, which is believed to date back as early as the 1650s, is a way of hiding a painting on the edge of a book so that it can only be seen when the pages are fanned out. There are even books that have double fore-edge paintings, where a different image can be seen by flipping the book over and fanning the pages in the opposite direction."
How to fight
During the Middle Ages all serious fighting was done by knights. Near the end of the period, however, fighting as a sport became popular as well. Ultimately, manuals were made that showed lay individuals how to handle sword, club and shield. The books contained numerous images outlining how to position your feet, how to swing your weapon, and how to stare your opponent in the face. The images above are taken from Hans Talhoffer’s Fechtbuch (Fighting Manual), which was made c. 1467. While the pages of his manual show the theory of fighting, the practice will have looked something like this animation.