Posts tagged Awesome
Posts tagged Awesome
Please, don’t use dope.
Children’s author and illustrator Peter Sis designed this wonderful tapestry in memory of Seamus Heaney. (The quote is from his poem “From Lightenings.”) It was woven in Aubusson, France and will be displayed at the Dublin airport.
The Zine Machine is a collaborative project between the University of Iowa Libraries, students at the University of Iowa, the Art Education Department at the University of Iowa, and zinesters all over the world.
We accept zines, mini-comics, and small artists’ books for submission. Zines up to 5 ½ x 8 ½ can be accommodated. Your submission may be featured on our website and will be archived in the University of Iowa’s Zine Collection in Special Collections.
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The book that emerged from a bog after 1200 years
This is the remarkable story of a medieval book that spent 1200 years in the mud. Around 800 someone had a Book of Psalms made, a portable copy fitted with a leather satchel. The book consisted of sixty sheets of parchment that were carefully filled with handwritten words. Somehow the book ended up in a remote bog at Faddan More in north Tipperary, close to the town of Birr, Ireland. Dropped, perhaps, by the owner? Was he walking and reading at the same time? Did he himself also end up in the bog?
Fast-forward to 2006. Eddie Fogarty, the operator of a turf digger, noticed an object with faint lettering in the bucket of his machine (pic 1). There it was again, our Book of Psalms! At this point it resembled something from an Aliens movie (pic 2), but that changed quickly after it went to the restoration lab. Thanks to the conservation properties of turf, many pages were still intact, as was its leather satchel (pic 3), the only surviving specimen from this early period. Remarkably, among the damaged pages were some that had let go of the words: kept together merely by ink, the words were floating around by themselves - like some sort of medieval Scrabble (pic 4). It’s the most remarkable bookish survival story I know.
More on this phenomenal find in this news article and this one. Here is the bog and the machine that dug up the book More on the restoration process here. More about the papyrus found in the binding here. This is a nice movie on the book.
Kate Tempest ~ Brand New Ancients
omigosh, how awesome is this? The world’s favorite bedtime story irl. Click through for more info
Shakespeare’s handwriting - and why it matters
Studying ancient handwriting is a fascinating thing. To know that the oddly-shaped letters on the page were put there hundreds of years ago by an individual with a life, passions and things to do, can be sensational. Sometimes such ancient handwritten notes can teach us really important things. The page above was written by no other than William Shakespeare. A scholar in Texas compared the document to a handwritten addition in a copy of Thomas Kyd’s play Spanish Tragedy. And what turned out to be the case? The handwriting in the image above is the same as in the added text in Kyd’s play. Moreover, the two share the same spelling pattern. Ergo, the two were written by the same individual - Shakespeare. The newly identified “text” by Shakespeare (an addition of several hundreds of lines) will be included in The Bard’s new edition. It’s extremely satisfying to an expert of old script (as I am) that letter shapes proved vital for this important discovery.
Read all about it in this NYT article.
Ephemera - Part III
Do you see how much awesomeness is in these tweets? Do you?
My Toni Morrison-o-lantern.
Everyone go home, Molly won Halloween.
Philadelphia: Willis P. Hazzard, 1854.
Whenever people ask me how my novels are going….
ps- If you too suffer from this waking horror and happen to have wall space, this is a poster you can buy via nanowrimo’s store ^^
A 40-year-old orangutan has developed an unnerving obsession with Pride & Prejudice.
Albert, a 200lb (91kg) primate reads up to 50 pages a day of Austen’s book.
And he’s so gripped that unless he’s had at least half-an-hour of Elizabeth Bennet’s travails with Mr Darcy, he won’t sleep at night.
Michael Krause, Albert’s keeper at Gdansk Zoo, in Poland, revealed: “Albert’s favourite book is Pride & Prejudice while his partner Raya likes German fiction. But they both like cookery books.
“When we’re doing dramatic readings they like me to act out all the movements.”
The bedtime stories came about because the pair would not settle down at night.
Mr Krause said: “If you gave them a fruit snack they’d throw it around, if you tried to wear them out with play, they’d just get hyper.
“I didn’t know what to do until I pulled out a book I was reading during a break and within a couple of minutes they were trying to read over my shoulder.
“Now they go to bed quietly and peacefully as long as they get their stories.”
This is all I care about now. Goodbye.
Everyone loves reading.