Turns out shelter cats love it when kids read to them [7 pictures]

February 11, 2014 | 4 comments

The Animal Rescue League of Berks County has a novel program. They let any kid in grades 1 through 8 come and read to cats at the shelter. According to ARL, the program serves the dual purpose of improving the kids’ reading ability and soothing the cats, who enjoy the rhythmic sounds of a human voice.

As an additional benefit, it also produces adorable photos…



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An old man learns to read and is rewarded with Scotch, but also something better

February 11, 2014 | 1 comment

This is a commercial for whiskey, sure, but that’s almost beside the point. Watch an old man learn to read and then be rewarded for his efforts. It’s surprisingly touching…

Whimsically making books come alive…with wire and found objects [12 pictures]

February 6, 2014 | No comments

Terry Border used to be a commercial photographer, but he hated it. So in 2006, he started his “Bent Objects” project. “Basically,” he says, “the project concerns adding wire to ordinary objects to help pose them as living characters, usually telling a story, and then photographing them. For some reason people liked it.”

Yes, we do.

A a part of this ongoing work, he created “Wiry Limbs, Paper Backs,” a series in which old books are turned into characters of themselves. Here are a few…

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Artist tears up books to create amazing sculptures of the stories in the books she just ruined [30 pictures]

February 1, 2014 | No comments

Whether she’s using a 1946 version of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer to create Tom and Huck on a river raft or a book about the migratory birds of the East Coast to create a Duck Dynasty piece, Jodi Harvey-Brown tears books apart to create incredible sculptures depicting scenes from the very books she’s just destroyed.

After spontaneously creating her first sculpture from a tattered book she found in an old box of used books, the Pennsylvania artist had found her niche. While she normally shapes her own characters from the pages of the books, she occasionally uses the illustrations in the books as the characters in the scene she’s constructing, breathing new life into the original content of the books.

Harvey-Brown sells her fantastic, whimsical creations on Etsy and even takes custom orders, so if you can’t find what you’re looking for here, she’d be glad to help you out…

Treasure Island

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Game of Thrones

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If books were blog posts — Classics retitled to get more clicks [10 pictures]

January 24, 2014 | No comments

Over at The Millions, they’ve asked themselves what would happen if famous books got rid of their simple, short, and uninformative titles and used clickbait headings instead. Here are some of their edits…

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Previously unknown secret paintings discovered on the edge of antique book pages [pics & video]

January 14, 2014 | No comments

A few months back, a rare art collection was discovered at the University of Iowa…in the library, of all places.

Colleen Theisen, a staff member with the University’s Special Collection and University Archives, found a set of fore edge paintings, meaning paintings done on the outside pages of a book, only discernible when the book’s pages are fanned out.

The books were written in the 1830s by Robert Mudie, aptly titled…


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U.S. map labeled by the most famous book and TV show set in every state

December 26, 2013 | 5 comments

At some point in the history of literature and television some relatively popular book and TV show has been set in each state. And the folks at Business Insider have tried their hand at labeling each state by these famous books and TV shows.

Of course, this is somewhat subjective. Did they get yours right?

Most Famous TV Show Set in Each State

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