– Carl Sagan via Brain Pickings
“What an astonishing thing a book is. It’s a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you’re inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.”
Hi readers, Happy Friday!
In book news this week (click on photos for links):
The popular dating site, How About We…, compiled a list of pick-up lines for flirting at a bookstore, like ““I don’t mean to brag, but I’m one of the fastest speed-readers in the tri-county area” and ““I noticed that you’re holding a copy of Twilight. Let’s never, ever go out.”
Sometimes parking garages are eyesores, sometimes they’re amazing, like this one at the Kansas City Public Library.
And check out this awesome stage setting of gigantic books at this year’s Tomorrowland, a music festival in Belgium.
Genius, I wish they had libraries like this at every beach. I have no idea where these photos were taken though, do any of you?
For this week’s give-away, I have a copy of Jackie, After O: One Remarkable Year When Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Defied Expectations and Rediscovered Her Dreams.
It’s a refreshing and unique approach to the iconic Jackie, focusing on the year 1975 after the death of her second husband.
For a chance to win, comment below: just say hi, or tell me what you’re reading, or leave questions/comments about this blog. Winner will be chosen at random next Wednesday, August 15th.
** Thanks to last week’s winner, Terri, who prefers physical books to e-books!