I have loved Hunter Thompson’s writing ever since, in high school, the film of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas starring Johnny Depp turned me on to the book of the same name. You don’t forget a sentence like, “We were somewhere around Barstow when the drugs began to take hold.”
And you shouldn’t dismiss him, as some critics have, as a sloppy, self-indulgent, drug-ingesting hack. He took a lot of drugs, drank too much, loved guns and women (and excess in general) – he was a bit of a maniac to be sure, an imperfect character if there ever was one… and it is unfortunate that these facts obscure his real talent. Here are some of the best reasons why you should read his books and take him seriously. [Read more…]
For anyone who adores books, this is one way to get far closer to those literary loves. Working a Thursday night at Skylight Books in LA, Emily Pullen grabbed a book and matched her body to the figure on the cover. Her friends and co-workers joined in, matching each of their bodies more or less perfectly with those on the books – everything from faces and eyeballs, to punching fists and flexing muscle men. It was addictive. [Read more…]
Book binding has seen many variations, from the iconic Penguin paperbacks to highly unusual examples like this from late 16th century Germany. It’s a variation on the dos-à-dos binding format (from the French meaning “back-to-back”). Here however, the book opens six different directions, each way revealing a different book. It seems that everyone has a tablet or a Kindle tucked away in their bag (even my 90 year old grandma), and so it sometimes comes as a surprise to remember the craftsmanship that once went along with reading. [Read more…]
Music festivals in the UK are hugely popular these days. Tickets for the events typically sell out months in advance, so people have to act early for a chance to enjoy their favorite bands from around the globe. What isn’t so popular however, is the action of cleaning up after yourself when the music stops and everyone goes home. [Read more…]
Sometimes the very best thing in this fast age of distraction, is to sit down with a good cup of coffee and an equally good read. Slowing down with some inspiring fiction is one of the great pleasures of life and one that, through the magic of story and prose, can lead us to deep revelations about ourselves and the world. Now, new media publisher Electric Literature has created an exciting new series for all lovers of the written word… and it’s coming to you free on your iPad, iPhone or eBook reader!