Daily readings (and podcasts) from the Complete Corpus of Anglo Saxon Poetry, presented by Prof. Michael Drout, Wheaton College. For those that like to read along, the Corpus presented in text
(no translation, though).
posted by Chrischris
on Mar 20, 2010 -
Picture Book Report is an extended love-song to books. Fifteen illustrators will reach out to their favorite books and create wonderful pieces of art in response to the text that has moved them, shaped them, or excited them. From sci-fi to children’s books to fantasy to serious novels, we’ll cover them all. For three weeks out of every month there will be a new illustration every day from one of us along with our thoughts, process, anything we can come up with. Together we will try to excite readers both new and old and capture some of that magic of storytelling.
. [more inside]
posted by The Esteemed Doctor Bunsen Honeydew
on Feb 15, 2010 -
"Meanwhile, down in Vaginaland, Mr Condom's beginning to feel a bit iffy. He's overheating. For some reason, the shagging seems to be twice as fast this evening, and he grimaces as he gets flung willy-nilly in and out of the pink tunnel. He starts getting friction burns, hanging onto Bobby's stiff penis for dear life, headbutting Georgie's cervix at 180 beats per minute. 'Help me!' he yells in the darkness, feeling himself melting."
This year's worst sex. [NSFW or post-turkey family reading] [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam
on Nov 25, 2009 -
Nina Sankovitch is about
to finish reading a book a day for a year. She not only reads them, she reviews
them too. "You can’t go from ‘Little Bee,’ by Chris Cleave, which is about this young woman who witnesses torture and herself is a victim of abuse in Nigeria — a really great book, but you’re just crying or your stomach is clenched — to another book like it the next day,” she said. “If I read a book like that every day, I would have collapsed a long time ago.”
Other 365 day projects have included this
posted by Xurando
on Oct 13, 2009 -
It’s only natural that if you wish to present yourself as a well-read person, a certain degree of complete bullshit is required. There’s no shame in lying about what you’ve read. There’s only shame in getting caught. Then you look like a doofus, and an illiterate one at that... How to lie about books
posted by Artw
on May 28, 2009 -
A guide to Storyreading.
"For over ten years now, various friends and I have been getting together on occasion to read stories aloud to each other. This activity—graced with the unlovely but utilitarian name "story reading"—can be a great deal of fun, but can also be rife with pitfalls of various sorts. This guide is an attempt to help others to run story readings. Note that reading stories is different from—and, generally, much easier than—telling stories
; while people do occasionally tell stories at these gatherings (and it usually goes over well), that's not the primary emphasis...The origins of our approach to story readings are lost in the mists of antiquity. The idea may have sprung fully-fledged from a conversation I had with DH about a Delany essay called "On Pure Storytelling"
; or it may've been derived from MK's reading The Princess Bride
aloud, which in turn may've been inspired by folks at Yale who were doing much the same thing
. Whatever the history, it's clear that other groups—notably one in Boston—have been having similar sorts of readings for at least as long as we have." [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco
on Mar 13, 2009 -
is a wonderful bookmarklet that strips away all the surrounding cruft on a page so you can focus on the content.
posted by jragon
on Mar 3, 2009 -
People of the Screen
: "Digital literacy’s advocates increasingly speak of replacing, rather than supplementing, print literacy. What is “reading” anyway, they ask, in a multimedia world like ours? We are increasingly distractible, impatient, and convenience-obsessed—and the paper book just can’t keep up. Shouldn’t we simply acknowledge that we are becoming people of the screen
, not people of the book?"
posted by dhruva
on Jan 16, 2009 -
Something for a kid you know, or your own inner child. Speakaboos
offers online stories with the written word below the illustrations, as if read from a book: fables, nursery rhymes, fairy tales, folk tales, lullabies. You can watch the stories without registering. You will have to sign-up (for free) for the future function of recording your own "that will allow kids and parents to record their own voices reading (or singing!) their favorite story, song, or nursery rhyme." Christmas stories
. [more inside]
posted by nickyskye
on Dec 15, 2008 -
Is Google Making Us Stupid?
"My mind now expects to take in information the way the Net distributes it: in a swiftly moving stream of particles. Once I was a scuba diver in the sea of words. Now I zip along the surface like a guy on a Jet Ski." [more inside]
posted by WCityMike
on Jun 10, 2008 -
You may have heard that reading is in a slow decline (previously
). We now know that such reports were either exaggerated, or at least statistically questionable
. On the flip-side of all this is the fact that reading as an activity has never been more
accessible (or thrifty!) considering the number of reputable book swap programs
available on the internet. There's no excuse now! [more inside]
posted by tybeet
on May 30, 2008 -
100 Must-Read Books (for dudes)
Men just have different ... needs ... than women, so apparently they need to read different books as well. However (as a chick myself) I tend to check this sort of thing out in a futile but ongoing attempt to figure out men. Hmmph. Men. Go figure ....
posted by kd
on May 14, 2008 -
I know a man who once went to Sioux City, not one of the world’s leading destinations, precisely because he had never been there before. More than a decade later he still talks about the experience, from the Sergeant Floyd obelisk to the dog track of North Sioux and the meat packing plant converted to a shopping mall. The same impulse explains a non-specialist’s reading a history of Byzantine iconography or a survey of Australian wildlife. Both offer a break in daily life and an enlargement of our sense of wonder and possibility. That awareness can provide a sense of transcendence, and connection, or even the spark of divine discontent that leads people to change their lives.Reading as Vacation
, an essay by J. D. Smith and Subway Reader
, pictures of people who read while using public transportation.
posted by Kattullus
on Apr 6, 2008 -
Are people reading less? Government survey says: yes
. Declines in how much and how well people read “are adversely affecting this country's culture, economy, and civic life as well as our children's educational achievement.” Also the cause of poor test scores
. Steve Jobs
agrees: Kindle DOA because nobody reads books anymore. WaPo
says 1 in 4 persons read no books in 2006. And children didn't keep reading after they got through Harry Potter, either
So literacy's in a long slow decline.
But wait. [more inside]
posted by cogneuro
on Feb 21, 2008 -
Comics writer Warren Ellis invited indie comics creators to introduce their work (warning: image intensive page)
in his new forum, Whitechapel
. With posts from 100+ writers/artists creating everything from free webcomics to traditional books, it's a great source for new reading material.
posted by nerdcore
on Jan 18, 2008 -
is a portal for serialized web novels, similar to web comic portals such as Buzz Comix
and Top Web Comics
, if not nearly as fancy. It is a new project by Tales of MU
author Alexandra Erin
. Note: Tales of MU and some of the novels found on Pages Unbound may be NSFW, as they contain explicit material of various sorts. MU, specifically, is concerned with LGBT issues and racism in a fantasy setting.
posted by Caduceus
on Dec 18, 2007 -
It's a sad old story
but the reading of literature continues to decline. Prospero's Books
- a Kansas-city used bookstore - is so desperate to thin out its collection it has started to burn books. Co-owner Tom Wayne says he is unable to sell many of his thousands of books
, or even to give them away to libraries and thrift stores, so he started a pyre in protest.
posted by stbalbach
on May 29, 2007 -
Poor, poor Wiley the dog. One Spring day, she got out of her yard and wandered aimlessly for a while. Wanting to help the lost animal find some direction, some vandals thoughtfully spray
her. Tragically, poor Wiley has since had to admit her painful secret to the world. She isn't literate
. Forced to admit her shameful problem, hopefully she'll get some help
posted by miss lynnster
on May 6, 2007 -