Welcome to a tumblr of wonders.
Special Collections, archives, and libraries have many wonderful items, but getting to them all can be a bit like trying to walk into Mordor, unless you have unlimited time and grants. But now, thanks to Tumblr, you too can explore collections around the world, and one of the best comes to us from the University of Iowa. Want a Hamlet quote on a miniature book that unfolds into a tiny Globe Theatre? Of course you do. Actual flying squirrels
? Adventure with Alice
! Get close to illuminations
? Catch a glimpse of hipster frames circa 1504
More awesome librar* tumblrs inside. [more inside]
American Photojournalist Steve McCurry
has posted a series of photographs of people reading around the world on his blog. He also connects them with quotations on books and reading.
McCurry is the photographer of the famous photograph Afghan Girl
on National Geographic's cover a few years back.
Earlier posts on Metafilter on McCurry include this
is some music to listen to while thinking
is Photographs, Posters, Prints & Drawings, Books, Maps, Autographs, and African-American Fine Art. Served daily. Also
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— A collection of beautiful photos on all things bookish.
Book lovers never go to bed alone
- a tumblr dedicated to bookshelves.
Pictures of writers
in a thread on I Love Music. Lots and lots of pictures of lots of writers. Another thread
from the same board with more pictures (some duplicates). Author photos are most often seen on dust jackets or in the back of books, a practice Frances Wilson
wishes to see abolished
. One famous connoisseur of pictures of writers is Javier Marías
who wrote a whole book on the subject, Written Lives. Here are a few excerpts from the book: William Faulkner
, Isak Dinesen
(pen name of Karen Blixen) and an edited extract
covering a whole lot of authors. [more inside]