Monday, May 21, 2012

Monday Mixtape: [bookish-again]

Each week, usually on Monday, I compile a metaphorical mixtape, five "tracks" of art I discovered and just can't keep to myself.You should know that tracks are loosely related by theme and very much influenced by whim.  This week I'm getting bookish (again).

Here's my contribution to your week,  a small taste of Goethe's daily prescription of little songs, good poems, fine pictures and reasonable words.  Enjoy!

track 1:  visual art

Guy Laramee (his website gallery is breathtaking; don't miss it.)

track 2: an on-the-nose bookish playlist

bookish by Tamara Murphy on Grooveshark

track 3:  bookish links

Bookish Rebellion:  In which I confess my history as a library criminal.

from the book pile, 2011:  Quick notes for all 29 books I read last year.  (to see the all-too-short 2012 list, click here!)

My One Parenting Strategy That Actually Worked:  I totally stole this post from my son's college application essay.  (Might I humbly add that since Alex wrote this essay for his application, we've been celebrating his admission into Rice University and all the ways reading good books has changed his life.  Also, someday soon, I'm hoping to make this reading challenge and booklist available to you to use for your own kids.)

The 20 Most Beautiful Bookstores In the World at Flavorwire:  A lovely post celebrating the book and mortar booksellers of the world.  Brian, if you're reading, please, please, please take me to see #10. (or #13 or #16 -- really any of them will do)

track 4:  animated short film

Source: via Tamara on Pinterest

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, 2011
Author/ Illustrator William Joyce and Co-director Brandon Oldenburg

from IMDb:"Inspired, in equal measures, by Hurricane Katrina, Buster Keaton, The Wizard of Oz, and a love for books, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is a poignant, humorous allegory about the curative powers of story."

from me:  "100% Delightful!"

track 5:  author & illustrator interview

Source: via Tamara on Pinterest

Tateshots interview with the late Maurice Sendak, December 2011

I do not believe that I have ever written a children’s book.  I do not know how to write a children’s book.  How do you write about…?  How do you set out to write a children’s book?"

bonus track:  installation art in Scotland libraries

a note from the mystery artist: “Hopefully next time I’ll be able to linger longer – I’ve left a
little something for you near Women’s Anthologies X. In support of Libraries, Books, Words and Ideas….”

Raising a glass to the library-lurking mystery-sculptor!


Before I go, I should tell you that I love to hear what poems, pictures, songs and reasonable words you are enjoying.  Please do stop by the comment box and share a bit with me.  

Hoping that  you find your common days aflame with good books, pictures, poems, songs, words and ideas!
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