July 31, 2014

Surreal illustration by Quint Buchholz

Check our previous posts and discover more of his amazing works.

July 31, 2014

July 30, 2014

Autumn book reading by Tenko Nikolov

Autumn book reading by Tenko Nikolov

July 30, 2014

Caetano Veloso - Livros

Such a beautiful song and an amazing video <3

Tropeçavas nos astros desastrada
Quase não tínhamos livros em casa
E a cidade não tinha livraria
Mas os livros que em nossa vida entraram
São como a radiação de um corpo negro
Apontando pra expansão do Universo
Porque a frase, o conceito, o enredo, o verso
(E, sem dúvida, sobretudo o verso)
É o que pode lançar mundos no mundo

Tropeçavas nos astros desastrada
Sem saber que a ventura e a desventura
Dessa estrada que vai do nada ao nada
São livros e o luar contra a cultura

Os livros são objetos transcendentes
Mas podemos amá-los do amor táctil
Que votamos aos maços de cigarro
Domá-los, cultivá-los em aquários
Em estantes, gaiolas, em fogueiras
Ou lançá-los pra fora das janelas
(Talvez isso nos livre de lançarmo-nos)
Ou – o que é muito pior – por odiarmo-los
Podemos simplesmente escrever um:
Encher de vãs palavras muitas páginas
E de mais confusão as prateleiras

Tropeçavas nos astros desastrada
Mas pra mim foste a estrela entre as estrelas

Very rough translation:

You tumbled in clumsy stars 
Had almost no books at home 
And the city had no bookstore 
But the books that came into our lives 
They are like the radiation of a black body 
Pointing to the expansion of the Universe 
Because the phrase, the concept, the plot, the verse 
(And, no doubt, especially the back) 
It’s what the world can throw worlds.
You stumbled in clumsy stars 
Not knowing that the fortune and misfortune 
That road that goes from nothing to nothing 
Are books and the moonlight against the culture.
The books are transcendent objects 
But we love them love the tactile 
We vote on cigarette packs 
Tame them, grow them in aquariums, 
On shelves, cages, at campfires 
Or throw them out of windows to 
(Maybe that forbid us to embark) 
Or what is far worse for them odiarmo 
We can simply write:
Fill many pages of empty words 
And more confusion shelves. 
You stumbled in clumsy stars 
But to me you were the star among stars.

July 30, 2014

mmsenterprise: I loved the decor inside of Earl of Sandwich @ Downtown Disney, Anaheim, CA.

mmsenterprise: I loved the decor inside of Earl of Sandwich @ Downtown Disney, Anaheim, CA.

July 30, 2014
stillrowing7:
(John Light as Oberon and Matthew Tennyson as Puck, 2013 Globe Theatre production, directed by Dominic Dromgoole)
Ten Books that have stayed with me (in the order that I encountered them):
(This sets aside the Bible and The Book of Common Prayer —and OK I cheated, so sue me):


The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius (really! — I was all of 12 at the time)


Shakespeare,  A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet, and The Tempest


Pascal, Pensées


George Herbert, The Temple


T. S. Eliot, The Wasteland, Ash Wednesday, The Four Quartets


Dostoevsky, Brothers Karamazov (or Karamazov Brothers, pace Ignat Avsey)


Kierkegaard, Fear and Trembling, and The Sickness Unto Death


Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letters and Papers from Prison


Simone Weil, Forms of the Implicit Love of God


Austin Farrer, Reflective Faith: Essays on Philosophical Theology


Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited


Flannery O’Connor, The Complete Stories (especially “Revelation” and “Parker’s Back”)


Marilynne Robinson, Gilead

stillrowing7:

(John Light as Oberon and Matthew Tennyson as Puck, 2013 Globe Theatre production, directed by Dominic Dromgoole)

Ten Books that have stayed with me (in the order that I encountered them):

(This sets aside the Bible and The Book of Common Prayer —and OK I cheated, so sue me):

  1. The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius (really! — I was all of 12 at the time)
  2. Shakespeare,  A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet, and The Tempest
  3. Pascal, Pensées
  4. George Herbert, The Temple
  5. T. S. Eliot, The Wasteland, Ash Wednesday, The Four Quartets
  6. Dostoevsky, Brothers Karamazov (or Karamazov Brothers, pace Ignat Avsey)
  7. Kierkegaard, Fear and Trembling, and The Sickness Unto Death
  8. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letters and Papers from Prison
  9. Simone Weil, Forms of the Implicit Love of God
  10. Austin Farrer, Reflective Faith: Essays on Philosophical Theology
  11. Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited
  12. Flannery O’Connor, The Complete Stories (especially “Revelation” and “Parker’s Back”)
  13. Marilynne Robinson, Gilead

July 30, 2014

Wear what you read, literary inspired cuffs by Accessoreads.

1. Library catalog, 2. Edgar Allan Poe, 3. Louisa May Alcott’s quote from Little Women, 4. Once Upon a Time, 5. Jane Austen’s quote from Northanger Abbey, 6. Cirero’s quote, 7. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s quote from his poem Morituri Salutamus, 8. William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, 9. St. Augustine’s quote. 10. Antique books.

July 30, 2014

Word on the Water, the London Bookbarge

A boat bookstore.

July 29, 2014

reading is living. by Ilmari Nen

reading is living. by Ilmari Nen

July 29, 2014

The Librarian

Book bench created by artist Paul Kidby inspired by Terry Pratchett's Discworld series.

This is one of the Books about Town benches that are up for auction!