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Bookriot: World’s Oldest Library


Bookriot recently ran an article about Khizanat al Qarawiyyin in Fes, Morocco. This is (as the title suggests) the oldest library in existence. The article itself is filled with beautiful pictures and interesting facts about the library.

One fact I found amazing: a woman founded this particular literary haven. Her name was Fatima al Fihria. She created the library in the 9th century. The 9th century! Pretty radical for a woman to do. Such knowledge has definitely inspired me as a bibliophile and also as a woman.

If you would like to learn more about Khizanat al Qarawiyyin or Fatima al Fihria then please click the link below. The article was lovely.


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Kirsten Dunst to Direct The Bell Jar

Actress Kirsten Dunst will make her directorial debut with an adaptation of Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar, which deals with a young woman struggling with mental illness Dakota Fanning is set to play protagonist Esther Greenwood, and we hope she can really capture her slow yet inevitable breakdown. In addition to directing the upcoming film […]

via Kirsten Dunst Will Direct an Adaptation of ‘The Bell Jar’ Starring Dakota Fanning —

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Library of Babel Anyone?

So, apparently, a Brooklyn author has recreated Jorge Luis Borges’ famed “Library of Babel” online. Yes, you read that correctly: an endless library at our fingertips. Flavorwire literary editor Jonathon Sturgeon covered the story. Here is an excerpt:

Recently, Jonathan Basile, a Brooklyn author and Borgesian Man of the Book, taught himself programming so that he could recreate Borges’ Universal Library as a website. The results are confounding. A true site-as-labyrinth, Basile’s creation is an attempt to write and publish every story conceivable (and inconceivable) to man.

To read the article in its entirity, detour to Flavorwire:


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Brain Pickings: Famous Advice On Writing

~ The website Brain Pickings recently rounded up some insightful advice on writing by some of literature’s most renowned authors. In need of a motivational pep talk? Inspiration perhaps? Then follow the link below.

As a side note, I find there isn’t anything more comforting than knowing our literary heroes struggled with writing as well. Their words always seemed so flawlessly composed. Effortless. Artful. These quotes, however, prove otherwise. It also doesn’t hurt to gain their wisdom either.

Enjoy the legends; enjoy the solidarity.



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A Little Tree Tells One Great Big Story


Brain Pickings recently posted a delightful article about graphic designer and book artist Katsumi Komagata. One of his most famous pop-up creations being Little Tree, a children’s book detailing the cycle of life from a tree’s perspective. Elegant in its simplicity this story is one adults and children both would cherish.

To learn more about this wonderful story (and about Komagata) then click the link below. The Brain Pickings article is well worth the read.


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How Does the Act of Writing Affect the Brain?


Visual News with a very cool info graphic giving us the skinny about writing and how it affects our craniums. Read the full article here:


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Why Teach English?

~ A thought provoking New Yorker piece all centering around choosing English as your college major. Why do it? What is the significance of it? Come to your own conclusions by visiting their website:  


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Beta Reading 101

Beta Reading 101

~ One of the lovely bloggers I follow, Mariah E. Wilson, wrote a piece about beta reading/editing advice. She breaks it down easily without over complicating the process. Great for beginners. Follow the link below to the article: 


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The European Great Gatsby

The European Great Gatsby

(via theatlantic:)

The European Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby may have been inspired by it, and Sal Paradise, the narrator of On the Road, carried a copy of it on his travels. But few Americans have heard of “the greatest novel of adolescence in European literature.” That’s what the British novelist John Fowles called Alain-Fournier’s Le Grand Meaulnes, a revered French classic published in the fall of 1913. This centenary edition of the short book is timed to the anniversary of the author’s death barely a year later: Henri-Alban Fournier (his real name) was killed during the early months of World War I, just before he turned 28.

A story of restless youthful questing, The Lost Domain (the translator wisely gave up on a literal rendition of the title) casts a fairy-tale spell—without feeling merely old-fashioned. The haunting account of two teenage companions, one a bold wanderer at 17 and the other a little younger and a lot warier, is steeped in Alain-Fournier’s long-gone rural past. Yet the protracted adolescent limbo it evokes is familiar.

Read more: [Image: Oxford University Press]


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