The Seminary Co-Op
There’s that beginning-of-quarter rush for books, searching through the arteries of the basement for Foucault and Aristotle and Dante. There’s the afternoon when you grab a latte from a campus cafe and settle yourself in a corner, hidden below the quads with a book plucked from a shelf. There’s the first time you get lost in it, blissfully unaware of direction or section, and discover something new.
After fifty years, the Sem Co-Op bookstore at UChicago is moving from 5757 S. University to a new spot. Help to capture character of the Co-Op before it moves by sharing your photos, stories and videos. If you would like to participate in the project in any way (have your portrait taken in the bookstore, share your favorite Co-Op memory etc.) – please contact Jasmine and Megan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
8:39 am • 2 July 2012 • 34 notes
Gillian Flynn discussing GONE GIRL (& seeing Alien at a fairly young age). (Taken with Instagram)
6:09 pm • 18 June 2012 • 1 note
I don’t know why, I’m just really into the South Shore Line’s retrofabulosity.
10:23 am • 18 June 2012 • 9 notes
This really is just the best collection I’ve seen in a while.
To get an idea of the relationship between the Earth and the Moon and the Sun, find two friends and have the self-conscious one with lots of atmosphere be the Earth and the coercive one be the Sun. And you be the Moon, if you are periodically luminous and sometimes unobservable and your inner life has petered out. Then find a large field and take three steps from the Earth, and have the Sun go a quarter mile away.
From Amy Leach’s “Sail On, My Little Honeybee,” collected in Things That Are
12:15 pm • 15 June 2012 • 5 notes
Look at that! A pillar-free photo! Oh, yeah, that’s Josh Schonwald discussing his book TASTE OF TOMORROW. But no pillar!!! (Taken with Instagram)
6:09 pm • 14 June 2012 • 2 notes
“It just fascinates me, those private mechanisms that we use to make sense of the world—whether they have to do with the five senses or not. I think literature is one of the only kinds of art that truly lets us into that—in movies it’s hard to make it the perspective of just one character. I’m always interested in encountering people who are synesthetic and seeing how they experience things. Even knowing the names for what they experience, does it make the loneliness any better? Not that it’s just loneliness, but a difference. I find myself writing protagonists who do feel pretty cut off from others but who want to make connections and aren’t very good at it.”
The Rumpus Interview with Leni Zumas
I’ve been reading & loving The Listeners.
7:24 pm • 12 June 2012 • 10 notes
Another fantastic review from our industrious team of kid critics!
The Peculiars by Maureen McQuerry
The Peculiars, by Maureen McQuerry, is a dark and thrilling fantasy set in the 1800’s. Lena Mattacascar, age 18, receives a small inheritance for her birthday. She decides to leave home and head north, to the wild land of Scree, a land inhabited by Peculiars, people who supposedly have no souls, identifiable by peculiar characteristics, from dwarfism to people with wings. Lena’s father is seen as a violent criminal who abandoned his family when she was 5. He leaves her with a deed to the Mattacascar family mine…in Scree. She wants to find her father, to know why he left, if he is a Peculiar…and is she? Lena was born with an extra knuckle on each finger and toe, called goblin phalanges by her grandmother, and by others, simply…peculiar.
Up north, in Knoster, by the edge of Scree, Lena meets Jimson Quiggley, hired as a librarian; Marshal Thomas Saltre, who, while charming, harbors an unusual interest in Peculiars, especially the Mattacascar family; and her employer, Mr. Beasley, a doctor and inventor. She learns about her new home, the Zephyr house, and of curious people who enter, but never leave.
With the twists and turns of a Sherlock Holmes, the plot is drawn out, bit by bit, until and the end, everything comes together. This book takes more careful reading than your average adventure book, possibly appealing to kids who liked Thirteenth Child by Patricia C. Wrede and the Moorchild by Eloise McGraw.
reviewed by Erica Hsieh, age 11
12:41 pm • 12 June 2012
MOLESKINE ® LITERARIO: Eurocopa literaria 2012 en Moleskine
Enrique Vila Matas, campeón vigente, sale con todo a revalidar su título. Foto: Daniel Mordzinski
¿Se cumplirá la maldición del campeón? ¿O España podrá ganar dos veces seguidas la Eurocopa? Hace cuatro años, en Moleskine Literario hice un juego divertido según el cual cada país que…
9:52 am • 11 June 2012 • 6 notes