In 1939, at the age of thirty-five, Theodor Seuss Geisel was tinkering with an invention that was doomed to failure. Geisel had published a few books under the name Dr. Seuss, but he was hoping that a device he had patented, the Infantograph, would be a money-maker at the techno-utopian New York World’s Fair, which was opening that year. “If you were to marry the person you are with,” the banner that Geisel designed for his pavilion asked, “what would your children look like? Come in and have your INFANTOGRAPH taken!”
Sunday, Jun 9th 2019 (12:01am) | Thanks: Damn Interesting
I am here to tell you the professional wrestler turned movie star Dwayne The Rock Johnson is going to be president, but before that happens, we are going to make a book, to make a movie, to make a mind.
Ah, the first day of college. You obtain a cheery map and find your way to your dorm room. You are either the first or the second one there. Your parents are with you, or they are not. You have probably already corresponded with your roommate online, or at least stalked them, because it is 2018, and you need to know what you're getting into - but now, at last, you are face to furiously washed face. They say hello. They hang a poster. You recognize it as either Klimt or Trainspotting or that one of two girls kissing. They open a box. They take out a well-loved book, its spine creased, its edges worn. You read the title. You gasp, because all of a sudden you know exactly what the year will bring. Or at least you will after consulting the handy list below.
Tuesday, Sep 18th 2018 (12:03am)
John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath, Tom Joad and his family are forced from their farm in the Depression-era Oklahoma Dust Bowl and set out for California along with thousands of others in search of jobs, land, and hope for a brighter future.
Thursday, Jun 21st 2018 (12:00am)
You know, I still haven't gotten around to reading Go Set a Watchman, the book Harper Lee published shortly before her death to finally shut everyone the fuck up about writing another literary classic. I should get on that.
Thursday, Feb 8th 2018 (12:00am)
While reading through Kurt Vonnegut's papers in the Lilly Library, at Indiana University, as they worked on the first comprehensive edition of his short fiction, Vonnegut's friend Dan Wakefield and Jerome Klinkowitz, a scholar of Vonnegut's work, came across five previously unpublished stories. Klinkowitz dates "The Drone King," one of those five, to the early 1950s, when Vonnegut hadn't yet written a novel and was only beginning to publish short fiction.
Friday, Sep 15th 2017 (12:00am)
Steal This Book is a book written by Abbie Hoffman. Written in 1970 and published in 1971, the book exemplified the counterculture of the sixties. The book sold more than a quarter of a million copies between April and November 1971.
The book, in the style of the counterculture, mainly focused on ways to fight the government, and against corporations in any way possible. The book is written in the form of a guide to the youth. Hoffman, a political and social activist himself, used many of his own activities as the inspiration for some of his advice in Steal This Book.
If you don't mind a lot of scrolling or using the FIND function within whatever you're reading, here is the entire book for your perusal.
Thursday, Sep 7th 2017 (12:01am)
In 1963, a sixteen-year-old San Diego high school student named Bruce McAllister sent a four-question mimeographed survey to 150 well-known authors of literary, commercial, and science fiction. Did they consciously plant symbols in their work? he asked. Seventy-five writers replied - most of them, in earnest.
Thursday, Aug 10th 2017 (12:01am)
Invariably, the attribution you give for a quote is wrong. Save yourself the embarrassment of a mistake the next time you quote an author.
A list of alphabetical links as well as a search feature to the database.
Thursday, Sep 10th 2015 (8:44am)
A Scottish historian named Walter Elliot recently unearthed a "lost" Arthur Conan Doyle story while he was looking around in his attic. The story, "Sherlock Holmes: Discovering the Border Burghs and, by deduction, the Brig Bazaar", was part of The Book o' the Brig, a compilation of stories written to raise money to rebuild Bannerfield's Bridge, a wooden bridge in Selkirk, Scotland after a great flood wiped it out in 1902.
Sunday, Feb 22nd 2015 (12:00am)
While he died in 1991, his widow and secretary stumbled across some unpublished manuscripts and sketches in his office back in 2013. This summer, we get to read What Pet Should I Get.
Thursday, Feb 19th 2015 (3:42am)
Harper Lee has long been considered a great literary 'one-hit wonder' with her sole offering of To Kill A Mockingbird, but it turns out that Mockingbird was actually her second book - the first featured Scout as an adult, was never published, and was considered lost to the ages... until now. It's surfaced and the reclusive Lee has decided to publish it in July.
Wednesday, Feb 4th 2015 (12:00am)
Dante's Peak (1997)
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