Just over a year ago, I kicked off a project to crowd-source short videos of people reading each and every one of Shakespeare's 154 sonnets. The plays continue to get loads of love in media and in schools but the popularity of his poetry has seemed to wane in recent decades (but we're working on changing that). I called it The Buzz 154 Project and it was very well received; all readings were claimed within two weeks and overall people seemed to be excited. As tends to happen, though, some of the enthusiasm didn't exactly pan out. In the end, I was still able to gather 85 great videos. 14 months later, I've decided that I'm not content to have the project fizzle out at only 55% completion so I'm reopening the project! As of right now, April 17th, 2017, I need 69 people to step up, grab their smartphones, GoPros, and/or pleographs, and film themselves reading a short poem!
Plot-driven books can fly off of shelves and earn "bestseller" designations left and right but it's prose-driven works that become true classics. The folks over on reddit have been asking the question, "Have you ever come across a sentence in a novel you considered absolutely perfect?" and have identified a solid cross-section of timeless lines to take your breath away. This is just a sample; reflect on your own readings and please share more perfect lines below in the comments.
All 80s and 90s kids will recognize the precocious pup Wishbone that somehow always found himself* in some form of literary-themed adventure, tricking us into learning a little culture on Saturday mornings. Taking a little trip down memory lane, I've pulled out every single book that was featured on the show over it's (too brief) two seasons that spanned from 1995-1998. I hope it brings back some great memories for you too!
Admittedly, while I have been a bit delinquent in posting these "Best of" lists (October, anyone?), I have still be quite active over on Twitter sharing the latest and greatest book news, curated by yours truly. Presuming you were outside enjoying the unseasonably-warm weather over the last month or just generally had your nose stuck in a book (no judgment), below are the most popular book-related links from the past month. Enjoy!
Each and every morning, I hop into my car and drive 45 miles to the office and spend a minimum of an hour if I'm lucky. Double that for the return home, five days per week, and I get a solid 10-15 hours weekly with my trusty Audible subscription. When I first started this heavy commute four years ago, I was overambitious and tried to listen to heavy nonfiction titles, only to find that some topics just don't keep me awake enough at 6 am. After much searching, I discovered that the best books for commuting were 1950s robot-heavy sci fi (Asimov FTW!) and contemporary fantasy. Being relatively new to fantasy, I have been pleasantly surprised by the quality of work and feel generally a bit late to the party. That being said, not all were created equal.
This blog has a stupid title. Sorry about that.For those of you who are like me and enjoy HP Lovecraft all year long, not just at Halloween, I thought you may enjoy a quick read of his most famous Irish tale: "The Moon-Bog". I hope you enjoy the story and stay safe today. Cheers, Buzz.
Any given day, I am probably in the middle of at least 3 books. Today, I can confidently say that something's holding my place in "The Worm Ouroboros", "The Table Comes First", and "Dune Messiah" until I get back to each one in turn. And, apart from my own #TreatYourShelf bookmarks, I'm always scrambling for scraps of paper, business cards, and old receipts to mark pages. As a semi-professional reader (not really but I can pretend), it feels like I should maybe stock up on some legit bookmarks. Below are some legit ones I found across Etsy that seemed worth sharing.
Christmas and New Years Eve have passed. Valentine's Day has come and gone. Unless you work for the post office, you probably don't even have a long weekend coming up until Memorial Day. How will we all survive??? Well, I'm here to help bring some excitement with a little retail therapy. I browsed my shelves and picked a few choice titles to offer up for auction. Why pay full price when you could get a steal on a collector's piece like one of the books below? If you don't see what you want, check out the rest of the books in my collection as well.