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Open Culture. The 20 Most Beautiful Bookstores in the World. [Editor's note: In celebration of the holidays, we're counting down the top 12 Flavorwire features of 2012.

The 20 Most Beautiful Bookstores in the World

This post, at #1, was originally published January 31.] With Amazon slowly taking over the publishing world and bookstores closing left and right, things can sometimes seem a little grim for the brick and mortar booksellers of the world. After all, why would anyone leave the comfort of their couch to buy a book when with just a click of a button, they could have it delivered to their door? Well, here’s why: bookstores so beautiful they’re worth getting out of the house (or the country) to visit whether you need a new hardcover or not. We can’t overestimate the importance of bookstores — they’re community centers, places to browse and discover, and monuments to literature all at once — so we’ve put together a list of the most beautiful bookstores in the world, from Belgium to Japan to Slovakia. A gorgeous converted Dominican church gives the power of reading its due diligence.

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The Book Shelter. Poems from the Edge of the Continent. Banipal (UK) Magazine of Modern Arab Literature - Home. أدب .. الموسوعة العالمية للشعر العربي - adab. موسوعه الأدب الشعبي. موسوعة الأدب العربي. Celebrating Ramadan: Poems of Muslim Faith and Islamic Culture by Becca Klaver. Illustration by Jason Novak To mark the beginning of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, we present poems and features that examine Muslim faith and Islamic culture.

Celebrating Ramadan: Poems of Muslim Faith and Islamic Culture by Becca Klaver

Refugees, tourists, immigrants, and itinerant citizens of the world address a range of spiritual, literary, and political concerns from the 6th century to the present day. Some poets’ voices emerge from the East (Mahmoud Darwish and Saadi Youssef), others from the West (June Jordan and Thomas Merton). Most turn to poetry as the ideal forum to complicate simplistic East-West divisions—learning, questioning, sparking cultural conversation, and speaking from what Nomi Stone calls “[t]his quiet voice that is borrowed or my own.” “Prayer Rug” by Agha Shahid Ali: Ali, both a Kashmiri Muslim and U.S. “Different Ways to Pray” by Naomi Shihab Nye: Nye, who grew up in San Antonio and Jerusalem, sketches vignettes of the praying methods of Muslim shepherds, embroiderers, and pilgrims in the title poem from her first book.

Ecstatic Exchange / Poetry of Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore. LITERATURE. Home. How to Create an Awesome Summer Reading List. Here's my one bit of advice on the subject — summer is for reading stuff you *want* to read, not stuff you *have* to, or stuff you feel like you *need* to.

How to Create an Awesome Summer Reading List

I review books for my web site, and I can't say that I ever enjoy them enough to carry them to the beach, you know what I mean? That's a job. And then at times I'll get into an "I'm too unproductive" mood and suddenly feel like my free time has to be spent learning important things, so I'll go read business books and self help books and other things that I feel like I'm reading because of some specific benefit I need to achieve. But when I hit the beach it's going to be stuff like Girl With The Dragon Tattoo on my Kindle.

I will gain nothing from the experience other than whether I liked it or did not. Do not stand at my grave and weep. Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep is a poem written in 1932 by Mary Elizabeth Frye.

Do not stand at my grave and weep

Although the origin of the poem was disputed until later in her life, Mary Frye's authorship was confirmed in 1998 after research by Abigail Van Buren, a newspaper columnist.[1] Full text[edit] Do not stand at my grave and weep, I am not there; I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the diamond glints on the snow, I am the sunlight on ripened grain, NOR’S LETTERS. Before prison, David only knew one world — the biker one.


He was part of a biker gang and got himself into a lot of mess. Once a man pulled a loaded gun to his face and nearly killed him. Another time, two men opened beer bottles on his scalp and left him to die. Before Islam his enemies were the people around him, after he became a Muslim his biggest enemy became his own anger and aggression. David lacked self-control and vowed to become a better man in prison.

David picked up a Qur’an only so he could refute his sister who embraced the faith. A year into his sentence he decided he wanted to get married. Nor’s husband died in a brutal car accident. A year into talking, David finally built up the courage and asked her hand in marriage. “Sorry, David,” the mailman would say, “nothing yet.” A month passed and no word came from Nor. Free & Bargain Kindle Books.