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The Books Project

The Books Project contacts influential thought leaders and asks them for book recommendations: books that have inspired, moved and enlightened them. – From the website’s description

A wonderful collection of thoughtful book suggestions form some of the world’s greatest thinkers.  Interviewees include Sarah Bluffer Hrdy, Steven Pinker,  Erica Chenoweth, and more.

“French Bookstores are Still Prospering”

An exciting New York Times article from 2012 about the thriving business of bookstores in France.

“100-Year-Old Theatre Converted into Stunning Bookstore”

A beautiful theatre in Buenos Aires was converted into an even more amazing haven for book lovers.

Carl Sagan’s “Cosmos” series, Episode 11

This episode, entitled “The Persistence of Memory,” is all about books, knowledge,  and the human capacity and ability to retain information.  It contains one of our favorite passages concerning the written word:

“What an astonishing thing a book is. It’s a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you’re inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic. This room is full of magic.”

Thanks to Brit Mandelo for the beautiful analysis.

Video of Episode 11, “The Persistence of Memory”

Youtube link to the episode.

“20 Virginia Woolfe Quotes to Celebrate her birthday”

Just some thoughts that show she was a very astute and quick-witted thinker.

“Tolkien Fans dress up and do battle in a Czech Forest”

A cool article, with a video, about some die-hard Tolkien fans.

Beautiful Lines in Literature

From BuzzFeed, a collection of some of the most amazing lines in literature, submitted by their readers.

The Strand

The Strand bookstore, in New York City, includes a quiz for prospective employees.  Read the article and take the quiz to test your worthiness for this Mecca of readers.

Have Too Many Books to Read?

Inc.com article by Jessica Stillman about having more books than you can read.  Don’t be embarrassed!  It’s an encouragement to explore, discover, learn and read more.

The Case Against Reading Everything

Fascinating article by Jason Guriel for The Walrus.  Guriel makes the argument that really worthwhile reading comes from not only substantial reading, but reading in depth a single genre, author, or form.

Book and Bed Bookstore in Japan

Make reservations to stay in a bed behind a bookshelf at this Japanese bookstore with several locations.  You can spend the night browsing books after hours, and some beds even have a window with a view!

Paper Books, Not Screens, for Toddler Development

Dr. Perri Klass, director of Reach Out and Read, examines the connection between children’s’ development and being read to from a printed book.  Many factors, including more interaction between reader and child, contribute to stronger engagement in reading early in life.