The Best Illustrations from 150 Years of Alice in Wonderland. On July 4, 1862, English mathematician and logician Charles Dodgson boarded a small boat with a few friends.
Among them was a little girl named Alice Liddell. To entertain her and her sisters as they floated down the river between Oxford and Godstow, Dodgson fancied a whimsical story, which he’d come to publish three years later under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll. Alice in Wonderland went on to become one of the most beloved children’s books of all time, and my all-time favorite. In the century and a half since Sir John Tenniel’s original illustrations, the Carroll classic has sprouted everything from a pop-up book adaptation to a witty cookbook to a quantum physics allegory, and hundreds of artists around the world have reimagined it with remarkable creative vision.
After my recent highlights of the best illustrations for Tolkien’s The Hobbit, here come the loveliest visual interpretations of the timeless book. How Frog and Toad Author Arnold Lobel Explored Gay Intimacy in His Work. Arnold Lobel / Harper Collins In the enlightened year of 2016, we tend to think of the closet as being a uniformly negative space, a shadowy den of oppression and denial from which queer people—if they want to be mentally and ethically whole—must eventually emerge.
And while that view seems largely accurate, it’s at the same time true that the struggle to come out, especially in less welcoming eras, has in many cases driven artists to produce work of great insight and poignancy—work that most of us, on balance, are glad exists in the world. J. Bryan Lowder is a Slate associate editor and the editor of Outward. He covers life, culture, and LGBTQ issues. 7 Fiction Books That Will Light You On Fire – Personal Growth – Medium. Besides reading to feel, most of us read to learn.
We want to know what we need to know when we need it, and so we keep pushing the number of books. Higher. One more. Just one more. We read books recommended by billionaires, books validated by bestseller status and books our idols tell us to read. The world’s required reading list: The books that students read in 28 countries. In the US, most students are required to read To Kill a Mockingbird during their school years.
Sorry, Ebooks. These 9 Studies Show Why Print Is Better. Don’t lament the lost days of cutting your fingers on pristine new novels or catching a whiff of that magical, transportive old book smell just yet!
A slew of recent studies shows that print books are still popular, even among millennials. What’s more: further research suggests that this trend may save demonstrably successful learning habits from certain death. Take comfort in these 9 studies that show that print books have a promising future: Younger people are more likely to believe that there’s useful information that’s only available offline.
While 62 percent of citizens under 30 subscribe to this belief, only 53 percent of those 30 and older agree. Students are more likely to buy physical textbooks.A study conducted by Student Monitor and featured in The Washington Post shows that 87 percent of textbook spending for the fall 2014 semester was on print books. 50 Fictional Days Immortalized in Literature. Today is April 4th, the day on which George Orwell’s 1984 famously begins—in the year 1984, of course (a year that seems rather closer than usual right now).
Inspired by this literary holiday of sorts, I went out in search of other notable fictional dates—that is, specific days on which something interesting happens in literature (as opposed to actual events that are reported in novels, as background or otherwise). I’m sure there are an infinite number of these out there, but there are also an infinite number of books in which the author never pins down the events at all, rather letting them float in the reader’s imagination—an approach that certainly has its merits. But if you are an obsessive planner and list-maker (like certain people, not me, not me at all), you enjoy knowing exactly what has happened, and what will happen, and when—even if said events are made up. January 1, almost every year — Aaliya begins a new translation, An Unnecessary Woman, Rabih Alameddine. Yuval Noah Harari: ‘Homo sapiens as we know them will disappear in a century or so’
Last week, on his Radio 2 breakfast show, Chris Evans read out the first page of Sapiens, the book by the Israeli historian Yuval Noah Harari.
Given that radio audiences at that time in the morning are not known for their appetite for intellectual engagement – the previous segment had dealt with Gary Barlow’s new tour – it was an unusual gesture. But as Evans said, “the first page is the most stunning first page of any book”. If DJs are prone to mindless hyperbole, this was an honourable exception. 7 essential books- when life gets hard. I made a list for my young cousin of the 7 books she must read, after she underwent a massive heartbreak, and uttered these words for the first time: wow life is hard. 1- Siddharta, Herman Hesse A philosophical, spiritual and psychological novel by Nobel Prize winner Hesse.
It’s a story of a young Indian Brahmin’s pursuit of enlightenment. 16 Overall Favorite Books of 2016. To look back on any period of reading with the intention of selecting one’s favorite books is a curious two-way time machine — one must scoop the memory of a past and filter it through the sieve of an indefinite future in an effort to discern which books have left a mark on one’s conscience deep enough to last a lifetime.
Of the many books I read in 2016, these are the sixteen that moved me most deeply and memorably. And since I stand with Susan Sontag, who considered reading an act of rebirth, I invite you to revisit the annual favorites for 2015, 2014, and 2013. “You are born alone. Neil Gaiman. 16 books -2016 2 clicks. The world’s required reading list: The books that students read in 28 countries.
These Are the Books We're Giving Our Friends This Year. Every year, Mother Jones receives hundreds of worthy books, but there are always a handful that truly stand out, the ones we end up foisting on friends and family.
Well, friends and family, here you go, in no particular order. Also, be sure and check out the Best Cookbooks post by food and ag writer Tom Philpott, and stay tuned for photo book picks from photo editor Mark Murrmann and the year's best music from critic Jon Young (on Sunday). The Hopefuls, by Jennifer Close. Beth, the twentysomething protagonist of Jennifer Close's wryly observed new novel, is an aspiring journalist loving life in New York City. But when her husband, Matt, gets a job in the Obama administration, Beth reluctantly agrees to follow him to DC. My Father, the Pornographer, by Chris Offutt. Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War, by Mary Roach. The Arab of the Future 2: A Childhood in the Middle East, 1984-1985, by Riad Sattouf & Such a Lovely Little War: Saigon 1961-63, by Marcelino Truong. Kids explain how banned and challenged books helped them and even saved their lives / Boing Boing.
Works by Muslim authors- 2 clicks. Frog and Toad and the Self: How Arnold Lobel's Books Taught Millennials to Cherish Their Individuality. Millennials are so frequently hyped as the first digital generation that people tend to forget that we were raised first and foremost with books. TV and the Internet may have shaped our identities, but so did old-fashioned, printed stories. And looking back now, it’s hard to think of a children’s author who better prepared young readers for growing up than Arnold Lobel.
Lobel’s Frog and Toad series, published in four volumes containing five stories each during the 1970s, remains his most popular and enduring work. Around the World in 80 Books: A Global Reading List. Ready for some serious armchair travel? Take a trip around the globe with these books from the eighty most populated countries in the world. Afghanistan – The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini: An unlikely friendship forms between a well-to-do boy and the son of his father’s servant in the years leading up to the Soviet-Afghan War. Algeria – Algerian White by Assia Djebar: The author remembers three friends–a psychologist, a sociologist, and a dramatist–who were killed during the Algerian struggle for independence.
An Ode to Shakespeare from Kurt Vonnegut. After years of double toil and trouble as a public relations man for General Electric, Kurt Vonnegut Jr. sold a story to Collier’s for $750 with a good chance that a couple more would follow suit. In the 1991 collection Fates Worse Than Death, Vonnegut recounts doing the math in an October 28, 1949 letter to his father, Kurt Sr. He figured out four stories would equal his yearly GE salary, which would allow him to quit his “goddamn nightmare job” and never hold another one again “so long as I live, so help me God.” Vonnegut ends by saying he’s happier than he’s been in years and wraps up with a single word, “Love.” Kurt Sr. glued the document to a sheet of masonite, coated it in varnish, and added a quotation in his own handwriting on the back. Forty-odd years later, the mummified letter still hung on his son’s writing room wall:
50 books to read in 2016: TED-Ed Educators and TED Speakers share their picks. What should you read next? From art history to science fiction, here are 50 fantastic books recommended by TED speakers and TED-Ed educators: Ways of Seeing by John Berger – “This is a classic art text first published in 1972 to accompany a BBC series by the same name. If you are a student, teacher, or fan of the visual arts, and you haven’t read this book yet, be sure to put it at the top of your reading list. Today more than ever before, it is critical that we teach students how to decipher and interpret visual media. Ways of Seeing, even though published long before the internet, will shift the way you think about how to process visual information.” Art as Experience by John Dewey - “I love that he pulls the aesthetic out of the rarified and into the everyday.
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert - “Gilbert has a phenomenal lens on how creativity really works. Behind Our Favorite Children's Books, a Woman Who Championed Imagination. What Kurt Vonnegut Meant to Me Growing Up. Do you remember where you were on April 11, 2007? Ann Morgan: My year reading a book from every country in the world. These are the books students at the top US colleges are required to read. A boom in cheap fashion is coming. And unless we change the way we produce and sell clothes, it’s going to put massive strain on the environment and the people who make them.
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On a Beam of Light: The Story of Albert Einstein, Illustrated by the Great Vladimir Radunsky. By Maria Popova The charming visual tale of an introverted little boy who grew up to become the quintessential modern genius. In America's libraries, young Adult, graphic novels, and books by people of color are most challenged / Boing Boing. Reading list. The 100 Best Children's Books of All Time. We’re living in a golden age of young-adult literature, when books ostensibly written for teens are equally adored by readers of every generation. Top 10 first lines in children's and teen books.
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