The Fantasy World Map
#12 In A Series of Pop-Cultural Charts
Finally! I’ve charted the very first accurate map of the entire fantasy world.
Nerds will rejoice! …Or become enraged!
A couple weeks ago I was lucky enough to catch a screening of Raul Ruiz’s last film, Mysteries of Lisbon, on its brief (but glorious) theatrical sprint through San Francisco. The film is very much concerned with the passage of time, and all told, your ten bucks gets you 272 minutes (four and a half hours) of entertainment, not counting a 10-minute intermission.
I’ve never been one to shy away from a long movie, but when it comes to fiction, if a book is longer than 400 pages, it’s going to need some really exceptional cover art to get me on board. It’s not that I don’t believe these books won’t be great, it’s that I’m a painfully slow reader who hates putting down a book half-finished. If I start a novel that’s 900 pages, I could be working on it for a few months. What if it’s not brilliant? (On the other hand, as a friend pointed out, this could be extremely cost-effective entertainment.)
Vampires by Ben Douglass
Can you name all of these famous blood suckers? My favorite is the one that didnt get interviewed because that dude had some serious style (when he wasnt being played by Tom Cruise).
Artist: flickr / website
(via Ben’s tumblr: bendouglass)
One day I want this to be me! Though maybe a small fluffy dog not a cat.
Imagine your books are persons. Then arrange them according to the conversations they could have with their neighbours. — via how to organize your at-home book library (via vous-et-nul-autre)
Theatre in the Blackwell Bookshop in Oxford. Amazing.
Opening the book, I inhaled. The smell of old books, so sharp, so dry you can taste it. — Diane Setterfield, The Thirteenth Tale (via bookoasis)
I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought, there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it’s true I’m here, and I’m just as strange as you. — Frida Kahlo (via wandering-eyes)
(Source: valse-des-fleurs, via booklover)
She had always been such a reader – that was one reason, Rich had said, that she was the right woman for him; she could sit and let him alone[…]. She hadn’t been just a once-through reader, either. “The Brothers Karamazov”,”The Mill on the Floss”, “The Wings of the Dove”, “The Magic Mountain”, over and over. She would pick one up, planning to read that one special passage, and find herself unable to stop until the whole thing was redigested. She read modern fiction, too. Always fiction. She hated to hear the word “escape” used about fiction. She once might have argued, not just playfully, that it was real life that was the escape. — Alice Munro, ‘Free Radicals’ in Too Much Happiness. (via winterlief)
Many critics see the electronic age as heralding the end of books. I think this view is mistaken. Print books are far too hardy, reliable, long-lived, and versatile to be rendered obsolete by digital media. Rather, digital media have given us an opportunity we have not had for the last several hundred years: the chance to see print with new eyes, and with it the possibility of understanding how deeply literary theory and criticism have been imbued with assumptions specific to print. As we work toward critical practices and theories appropriate for electronic literature, we may come to renewed appreciation for the specificity of print. In the tangled web of medial ecology, change anywhere in the system stimulates change everywhere in the system. Books are not going the way of the dinosaur but the way of the human, changing as we change, mutating and evolving in ways that will continue, as a book lover said long ago, to teach and delight. — N. Katherine Hayles, Writing Machines. Cambridge: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2002. p. 33 (via hybridliteracy)