We're all about organization around here, but we're the first to admit that sometimes things are better left in disarray. When you collect ideas for future projects, it's tempting to tag them and categorize them to within an inch of their lives, but you may be missing out on some creative opportunity.
The British Library has uploaded one million public domain scans from 17th-19th century books to Flickr! They're embarking on an ambitious programme to crowdsource novel uses and navigation tools for the huge corpus.
Kim Stanley Robinson is the author of many works of science fiction, including The Three Californias, a trilogy of novels about southern California; the Mars Trilogy; 2312, a novel about climate change; and his most recent novel, Shaman.
Those who are opposed to color-organizing bookshelves argue that it’s impractical, claiming they couldn’t possibly find anything that isn’t categorized by title, author, or subject in their apparently vast collections. To them, the color-organized bookshelf is a self-conscious triumph of style over substance.
… And I’m Canadian, so I know a thing or two about insincerely apologizing for stuff. I have a lot of chats with people about books, and usually what happens is that things are going along fine until the person in question finds out that I teach capital-L Literature at a post-secondary institution. Then the …
My real resolution, however, involves a different kind of muscle -- one that's been atrophying in recent years. Yes, it's my brain, which needs to be strengthened with a healthy reading regimen. (My New Year's Resolution Isn't to Go to the Gym.
Beth Gross's insight:
One of my resolutions this year is to share more...and here is the first one. My friend, Sharon Bakar, spreads the word (pun intended) about writing, reading, and everything books. If you like literature, you should follow her.
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