I’d like to draw special attention to Rufi Thorpe’s MOTHER, WRITER, MONSTER, MAID over at Vela Magazine—a thought-provoking long-form piece on whether motherhood is fundamentally incompatible with a career in the arts.
It’s that time again—the time when I reveal all the bright and shiny things I found this week while wandering the deepest, darkest corners of the Internet. It is my fervent hope that this list supports your efforts to procrastinate at work for at least the next 45 minutes.
Electric Literature has kindly laid out everything you didn’t know about the history of print in one infographic. And even though text-heavy infographics are one of my pet peeves (infographics are supposed to render statistics more palatable through visual representation, not hoard image captions in a messy repository), this one is pretty interesting. For example, did you know that in 2015, we print more words every second than the global population printed in an entire year during the 15th and 16th centuries?
For more wordy infographics from Electric Literature (and another of my pet peeves, by which I mean Tolkien), trot over here.
News! Patrick Modiano won the Nobel Prize in Literature: http://goo.gl/S1bkER
Also, here’s an infographic on the benefits of reading: http://goo.gl/5Owwns
I have to wonder, though: if reading reduces stress 100% more than drinking a cup of tea, does drinking a cup of tea while reading take me back to 0? Because it is simply not possible that tea ruins everything. I wouldn’t want to live in that kind of world.
I overhear the same conversation almost every time I’m browsing in a bookstore. Two people are discussing e-books versus paper books with, invariably, the same conclusion: paper books are vastly preferable in look and feel, but you can’t beat the convenience of an e-reader.
FatBrain took the notion one step further in a recent poll. In this infographic, you’ll find the (quite long) list of reasons why readers favor paper books: the design, the smell, and the possibility of sharing and collecting all play a role in our continued attachment to reading the “old-fashioned” way.