I’ve been in such a hibernating, antisocial bookworm mode lately that I barely leave my bed except when it’s absolutely necessary. These days (at least until the weather warms up), a stack of books and a hot cup of tea is my idea of a perfect Saturday night. If you share that sentiment, then you’ll definitely appreciate the gorgeous images of Canadian photographer Joel Robison, which are fairytale-esque visual odes to two of his favorite things: books and tea. I just want to climb into that photo above, don’t you? Check out his beautiful Flickr photo set, Chapters, for more of his amazing work! [Design Taxi]
I am getting a Kindle Paperwhite for my upcoming birthday (!!!), so it’s time to step up my e-book game. I’ve been noodling the idea of joining Scribd or Amazon Prime, two of the biggest services for borrowing e-books. I’ve been poking through their respective offerings somewhat obsessively to figure out which plan is right for me, so I found this listicle on Parade‘s web site about the most widely read ebooks available on Scribes from each state pretty interesting. They are reading about ice cream up in Alaska, while The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption and Pee by Sarah Silverman is giving us New Yorkers an Empire State Of Mind about pee. Just Kids by Patti Smith is their most widely read book in California and I give that two enthusiastic thumbs up. Anyway, I’m leaning towards Prime, but anyone wants to weigh in on the matter, I’m all ears! [Parade]
“Cleanliness” is such relative concept that hardly anyone thinks of herself as a dirty person. We all believe we’re neat and clean enough, because, well, it’s our B.O., sandwich crumbs, and long strands of hair we’re living with. (At least you think it’s hair!) But an honest assessment may tell a different story. If your mom/mother-in-law/Martha Stewart were popping by for a visit, would you really just swipe the top of the stove with a Clorox Disinfecting Wipe and call it a day? Thought not. That, my dirty friends, is why we have Jolie Kerr. Keep reading »
South Carolina legislators are trying to “punish” two colleges in the state for assigning books they don’t approve of. The College of Charleston and the University of South Carolina Upstate incorporated “books on homosexuality” as required reading as part of their new student orientation. The books in question are Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel memoir Fun Home, about the lesbian author’s father and his struggle with homosexuality, and Out Loud: The Best of Rainbow Radio, which tells the story of South Carolina’s first LGBT radio show.
To exact revenge on the institutions, state House legislators have “tentatively approved” a bill to cut $52,000 from the College of Charleston and $17,142 from USC Upstate. The amount of funds being cut are meant to be similar to the amount spent on implementing the reading campaigns. Republican Representative Garry Smith of Simpsonville says he set the cuts into motion after the schools refused to offer alternative reading for students. Keep reading »
It’s too cute, I can’t handle it: the Animal Rescue League of Berks County, Pennsylvania, invites children in from first through eighth grade to visit the shelter and read to the rescue cats who live there. The kids get to practice their reading skills, while the cats feel a sense of comfort from the rhythmic sound of a human voice. The program was started by an employee of the rescue league whose 10-year-old son was struggling to read. Once she saw easily he read surrounded by kitties in the shelter adoption room, she implemented the program with other classes. These days, everyone from homeschooled kids to parents of autistic children to Girl Scout troops participate. Everybody wins, and as the series on snapshots (like the one above) on Love Meow shows, nothing makes for a cuter set of pictures. How many little ones do you think go home begging Mom to adopt a stray? [22 Words, Love Meow]