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Bookworms & Night Owls

Night Time Book Store AdvertCorre Cutia Bookstore Print AdThese illustrated print ads for Corre Cutia Bookstore in Brazil are wonderful. Created by Sao Paulo-based agency Lápisraro Comunicação, they effortlessly convey the feeling of not being able to put down a good book.

The Prince of Prints

ImageAnother lovely coffee table book for my ever-growing wish list. This gorgeous limited edition book, published by Taschen, charts the visual history of print maverick Emilio Pucci. I love pyschedelia and I love fashion, so obviously I want this iconic tome for my collection!
Pucci Book TaschenIt’s a bit pricey at £44.99, but each book is individually bound in Pucci print fabric, and features hundreds of photographs, drawings, and candid shots from the archive of the Emilio Pucci Foundation. Below are some spreads from inside the book.Pucci GalaxyPucci BookPucci SixtiesPucci Pattern
Want it.

Your Bag Is Rubbish. And So Is Your Book Club.

ImageYour ‘book club’ only reads wine labels? Really? I mean, seriously? Fuck me, that must be really dull. I’d rather attempt to plough through ‘Bleak House’ by Dickens. Although, given the choice between reading wine labels and ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’, I’d take the wine labels any day.

Mysteries Of Vernacular

Mysteries Of Vernacular is an ongoing project by Myriapod Productions, which explores the definition and etymological origins of words through wonderfully produced book animations. It’s a work in progress, so the bookshelf on the site is still a little sparse. I can’t wait to see how it develops and what other words they choose to animate, though.If you enjoyed this and you’re a bit of a language and design geek like me, then you should see the work of The Project Twins - not only are they incredibly talented designers, but they also illustrated 26 unusual words.

American Psycho

I’m currently reading ‘American Psycho’ by Bret Easton Ellis. I haven’t seen the film yet, but if a film is based on a book then I usually like to read the book first. This means that there are always loads of films I’ve put off seeing, because I haven’t had time to read the novel first, but oh well.

Before I started reading ‘American Psycho’, I had just read ‘Notes On A Scandal’ by Zoë Heller. This book was so horribly disappointing, pompous and bourgeois that I needed something exciting, violent and funny to cleanse my palate. ‘American Psycho’ was the obvious choice. Obviously there have been some parts in it that have made me wince (animal torture, rape…you get the picture), but the book is supposed to be a black comedy and there are some parts in it that have really tickled me, most notably this one, where Patrick Bateman recalls watching a talk show on Nazis:

One of the Nazis, in a rare display of humour, even juggled grapefruits and, delighted, I sat up in bed and clapped.

I love the absurdity of this mental image! If it’s included in the film adaptation, I will probably sit up and clap too.

Book Porn

Remember the gorgeous library out of Disney’s Beauty & The Beast? Well, the good news is that places like this really do exist.If you’ve got a bit of a thing for libraries and books, then you should probably have a look at this amazing series by Christoph Seelbach. He’s shot some of Europe’s most enchanting libraries, and Austria appears to have the most. These libraries are mostly monastic libraries, so (fortunately) it’s unlikely that you’d be able to find any trashy books like Fifty Shades Of Grey. However, it’s also unlikely that I’d find any of the novels I’ve enjoyed over the years, such as The Death of Bunny Munro, Kill Your Friends, or A Single Man. Still, these are beautiful institutions and their vast shelves must contain some valuable and fascinating texts.

Austrian National Library, Vienna, Austria
Admont Monastery Library, Admont, Austria
Kremsmünster Abbey Library, Kremsmünster, Austria
Melk Abbey Library, Melk, Austria

Yayoi Kusama x Lewis Carroll

Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama has collaborated with Penguin Books on a new version of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Kusama has provided vibrant illustrations in her signature polka dot style. The video below shows how the classic story has been re-imagined…

The Importance Of Bedtime Stories

The Evening Standard’s recent “Get London Reading Campaign” is deeply concerning, but it is less to do with the literacy of London’s children, and more to do with the attitudes that have brought it about.

Britain is frequently referred to by the press as a “nanny state”, and this has clearly nurtured a culture of blame and irresponsibility, with more and more people expecting the government to do things for them instead of using their own initiative and taking charge of their lives. Urban poverty is no excuse for poor literacy levels in a city with so many free and easily accessible libraries. As a child, I grew up in an isolated village in the North-west, with poor transport links. My mother, who was a single parent, didn’t own a car and we were dependent on lifts or unreliable and infrequent buses to take us into town. She still managed to source books for me though – charity shops are often full of children’s books, and she would take me to the library too.

Most importantly though, was the love of learning that she instilled in me from such a young age. Even when she started a full time job, she always found the time to read me a bedtime story, or to listen to me read with her. And why wouldn’t she? Reading a child a bed time story isn’t just beneficial to them because it helps develop their imagination and reading skills, it’s great for parents too as it helps develop a routine for your child and get them off to sleep. TV cannot be held responsible for the demise of reading, either. I watched a lot of television as a young child, but I used to practice forming letters as I watched it (thanks Sesame Street!) Consequently, I had a basic level of reading before I started school, allowing me to respond well to the teaching provided.

It is a worthy cause that The Standard has set up, and for children with learning difficulties it may just be the push they need to embrace children’s literature and progress with their reading. However, for the sake of future generations, it is essential for parents to spend time topping up their child’s education at home, too.