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Here are some old photos of librarians showing both the diversity of their duties and the diversity of the workers themselves.
Here at Flavorpill, we’re pretty big book nerds. We’re such big book nerds that what we’d really like, more than anything, is to live in a house made of books — we think it’d totally work as long as we weren’t reading one from the ceiling when it started to rain. Plus, we’ve been known to appreciate books as much — or almost as much — for their aesthetic qualities as for their intellectual ones, so it only makes sense to use them as the grandest form of decor.
This week saw the release of Farther Away , Jonathan Franzen’s newest collection of essays and speeches, covering the last five years of his non-fiction output. Well, in those last five years, he has become increasingly grumpy, griping about things like Twitter and ebooks, and building a reputation as an unrepentantly prickly author with a constant bone to pick.
Recently, we found out about a cookbook that you can actually eat after you’re done reading the recipes inside, which to us sounds pretty much like the best idea ever.
by Maria Popova Why Tolstoy is 11.6% better than Shakespeare.
With education as our focus here at The Best Colleges , we obviously love libraries.
Here at Flavorpill, we can’t really get enough of gazing lovingly at photographs of books. We know it’s what’s inside that counts, but one simple fact just can’t be avoided: books are beautiful, and they sure do warm up a room — or, in some cases, an entire building. Plus, at the risk of being totally sentimental, we think that the best books are often the most beautiful: even if their spines are shabby, the exude a kind of well-loved glow, beautiful from the inside out.
by Maria Popova What cutting-edge digital culture has to do with an unmakeable book, lasers, and Sherlock Holmes.
It happens to everyone who loves reading.
When authors pen love letters, sometimes they can get a little scandalous. After all, we know that great authors can tend to be a little dirtier than your average swooner, and what better place to let their freak flag fly than in private correspondences they never dreamed would go down in history?
Here, laid bare for Valentine's Day, Heather O'Neill offers 10 tips on the perils and the pleasures of a romancing a writer:
Are you literate? I don’t mean to be presumptuous, but maybe the question is better framed like this: “How illiterate are you?” Technically, to be literate means you can simply read and write (that is, code and decode) in the representation system of your social group.
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One of the most popular interview questions for writers is “what are you reading right now,” or for the more adventurous, “what are your own favorite books of all time?”
“Decidedly, I’m a better landscape gardener than a novelist,” Edith Wharton once declared.