One of the many joys of travel is that it allows us to break away from our busy schedules and gives us more time to read. How often have you saved a special book (books, in my case) to read on vacation, on the beach, on the flight? Reading and travel are a natural go-together.
Author and RVer, Brad Herzog takes the irresistible pairing a step further on his blog You Are Here. In “Great Books, State by State,” Mr. Herzog writes not just about reading on the road, but about “the wonders of reading the right books in the right locales.”
He goes on to list 50 books for 50 states, citing both the obvious (“A River Runs Through It” for Montana, “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” for Missouri) and the obscure (“American Pastoral” for New Jersey, “My Sister’s Keeper” for Rhode Island). Even with the more tenuous links, it’s not much of a stretch to see how location plays a part in the story. Reading a novel while traveling its setting can only improve the experience of each.
“As long as there have been travelers, there have been attempts to put the experience into words. But sometimes what has already been written can improve the ride,” he writes in the earlier post, “Pages and Places,” which inspired this list.
To see the entire list, please visit: GREAT BOOKS, STATE BY STATE.
This Once A Book project feels sacrilegious. Desecrating an old hardcover to protect a new e-reader feels irreverent, disrespectful. So very “Et tu, Brute.”
But it’s a great project, and any self-respecting old hardcover would be honored to be put to such creative use.
How To Make a Kindle Cover from a Hollowed Out Hardback Book comes from WonderHowTo.com, the giant user-generated, free how-to video directory.
The Book Bench posted a link to this video yesterday with the comment, “Finally, a music video starring your bookcase.” Music videos and bookcases? How could I resist? I dare you to watch it and not marvel at the creativity (and the snappy tune).
Click on the photo to watch the video on YouTube.
In the world of book art, there is art, there is craft, and there is masterpiece.
Take a look at these pictures from OffbeatEarth.com. Which category do you think they fall under?
After oohing and aahing over Isaac Salazar’s book sculptures earlier this week, I started thinking about the various things I’ve done with old books, besides read, collect, and generally adore them.
Mostly, I’ve used old books to make new ones, like the journals above, made from miniature Shakespeare collections. The books were in bad shape when I got them. The bindings were broken and most of the pages had fallen out, so I was happy to bring them back to life. I used the few pages that were left to make the papier-mâché bowl. One Christmas, when I was feeling creative and Hon was feeling industrious, we made this fireplace for the bookstore I was managing. The fireplace was even featured in the New Yorker’s Book Bench blog (she said proudly).
With a little ingenuity, there are hundreds of things that can be made (re)using books. This purse by curbly.com is an example, and I’ll be featuring more in future posts tagged “Once a Book.” If you’ve done any book re-use projects, I’d love to hear about them.
As a book lover, I
want need one of these purses, but I can’t even sew a button, so it’s not likely I’ll be making one soon.
For those of you who can sew, here’s the tutorial from curbly.
Mark Twain said,
“The man who does not read good books has no advantage
over the man who can’t read them.”
I wonder what he would say about doing this with books:
The New Yorker Book Bench blog posted this picture and a writeup about Isaac Salazar, the artist who created this sculpture by folding and cutting a book.
Looking through a gallery of his work on booooooom.com, I’m amazed and inspired by his creativity and skill. I once managed a used bookstore (second best job in the world) where thousands of books were discarded every year. We donated as many books as we could and sent the unwanted ones to recycling, but not all books meet such an eco-friendly end. A lot of them end up at the dump. This artist is doing his part to keep old books in circulation and out of the landfills. As a lover of books and book arts, seeing a book turned into a piece of art as beautiful as this, just makes me happy.
To read more, visit Page-Turner.