Did you know? Holden Caulfield made his first appearance in print in a short story called “I’m Crazy” in Collier’s magazine, December 1945. BookTryst has an excerpt and the full story on this predecessor to Salinger’s generation-defining novel:
“It was about eight o’clock at night, and dark, and raining, and freezing, and the wind was noisy the way it is in spooky movies on the night the old slob with the will gets murdered. I stood by the cannon on the top of Thomsen Hill, freezing to death, watching the big south windows of the gym – shining big and bright and dumb, like the windows of a gymnasium, and nothing else (but maybe you never went to a boarding school).
A couple of Finnish artists have started a new global phenomenon— the “complaints choir”, in which the everyday grievances of the masses are set to music for your enjoyment. Hilarious.
From Birmingham to Budapest, Helsinki to Hamburg, Jerusalem to Chicago, the choirs cover everything from the petty and mudane (job resentment, traffic, bureaucracy, the weather) to the amusingly specific and offbeat (neighbor holding Hungarian folk dance classes above bedroom, being ignored by friend’s cat, racist grandmother)
Your neighbours do that too??
We’ve seen you smelling books, so don’t pretend you’ve never cracked open an old volume and just inhaled a big whiff of comfort and nostalgia. Here’s why they smell so great:
Don’t you just want a nice vanilla latté and a good book right now?
Global warming has marked a new epoch in geological history, according to the New Scientist. And since it’s humankind that’s raised the temperature, the new epoch is named after us: we’re now living in the Anthropocene.
“We’re now a few tenths of a degree above the prior maximum of the Holocene,” says James Hansen of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City. The Anthropocene is also characterised by sediments bearing human traces, such as plastics and other refuse.
Not everybody had my upbringing, my supportive family, my circle of friends, my teachers, my financial support during childhood, my opportunities, my physical and mental advantages, or my encouragement. I used to think they did, but then I became an adult and experienced the real world, an apathetic place where you do not control as much of your life as you would like to think that you do.
The movement’s Tumblrs, We Are the 99 Percent and the companion, We Are The 1 Percent, provide similar faces and stories from those on both sides of the wealth-distribution gap– thought-provoking stuff.
Four words: throwable panoramic ball camera. Awesome!
The bookbinding process can be disturbing. It’s violent at first. You literally tear the book apart. Most older books were sewn, so you cut the thread and then pull each signature or booklet off the book.
From Bill: “This would be bad for business but I still love the idea. There used to be a garage off Walnut St. that was open 24 hours a day and it had the most interesting books on display, same idea, take a book, leave a book.” Apparently this is catching on Germany:
In these free-for-all libraries, people can grab whatever they want to read, and leave behind anything they want for others. There’s no need to register, no due date, and you can take or give as many as you want.