This year marks the 75th anniversary of the publication of The Hobbit, and as a result, we’ve been blessed with all manner of new Hobbit-related media coming to fruition. Inspired by the recently published compendium of Tolkien’s artwork, The Art of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, we decided to track down a few other literary authors who created illustrations for their works, whether published or unpublished.… Read More
Recently, we stumbled across this great original advertisement for “Scott Fitzgerald’s new novel The Great Gatsby” that was discovered in a 1925 copy of the Princetonian. Though printed ads for books aren’t very common anymore — at least outside of paper book reviews — they used to be all the rage. In fact, the first-ever print ad was actually an ad for a book entitled Perfect Occurrences of Every Daie journall in Parliament, and Other Moderate Intelligence. Now that’s a mouthful. Charmed by the pencil sketch of Fitzgerald, and by the whole idea of book ads in general interest publications, we dug around for a few more vintage advertisements for classic books. Now if only we could see some of these on a Times Square billboard, that would really make our day. … Read More
There’s nothing we need more at the start of a new week that officially marks the beginning of the countdown to the charmingly unambitious dog days of summer than a few inspiring, well-designed words to remind us to keep calm and carry on.
One of our favorite Nobel Prize-winning poets and novelists, Rudyard Kipling, believed that “words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.” We couldn’t agree more. From John Baldessari’s tips for artists to graphic declarations about life and love to our favorite poster from Mike Mills’ modern self-help series to inspirational daily reminders that we recommend hanging above desks, on fridges and in bedrooms, click through to check out our roundup of well-designed typographic sunshine. Submit your favorite warm and fuzzy words of wisdom in the comments below! … Read More
If you’ve ever wondered what your favorite literary characters might be listening to while they save the world/contemplate existence/get into trouble, or hallucinated a soundtrack to go along with your favorite novels, well, us too. But wonder no more! Here, we sneak a look at the hypothetical iPods of some of literature’s most interesting characters. What would be on the personal playlists of Holden Caulfield or Elizabeth Bennett, Huck Finn or Harry Potter, Tintin or Humbert Humbert? Something revealing, we bet. Or at least something danceable. Read on for a cozy reading soundtrack, character study, or yet another way to emulate your favorite literary hero. This week: Rudyard Kipling’s famous feral child, Mowgli. … Read More
Our culture is fascinated by stories of feral children, endlessly obsessed with the intersection between the wild and the civilized, the place where animals and humans can interact. All children play out Dr. Doolittle fantasies, wishing to talk to animals, or run away with their dogs. At least we pretended that our pets could talk back to us. That’s normal, right? Either way, we’ve been thinking about how feral children fantasies abound in fiction, film and mythology, and thought we’d gather some of our favorites here. The tales are remarkably similar, while each being singular, though we particularly wonder why it is so often wolves that are the caregivers in these stories — they don’t seem to be the wildest or most dangerous thing that could be imagined (hello, lions) or the most human-like. In addition, we think it’s amazing how often the feral children don’t return to society in the end — we would imagine a moralistic tale ending with the child being returned safely to soap and silverware, but that seems to be slightly antithetical to the genre. Click through for our round-up of our favorite fictional feral children, and let us know what you think. … Read More