mymodernmet:

Instead of standard rectangular bookcases, St. Mark’s Bookshop in NYC is filled with bookshelves that flow throughout the store in a smooth, wave-like motionClouds Architecture Office created the innovative bookcases to stimulate visual experience while shopping.

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teachingliteracy:

Lepidoptera (by Julianna Swaney)
“Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all.”

Henry David Thoreau (via quotestomorals)

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sickboysgirl:

"Well, he is not a ghost; yet every nerve I have is unstrung: for a moment I am beyond my own mastery … I did not think I should tremble in this way when I saw him—or lose my voice or the power of motion in his presence."

sickboysgirl:

"Well, he is not a ghost; yet every nerve I have is unstrung: for a moment I am beyond my own mastery … I did not think I should tremble in this way when I saw him—or lose my voice or the power of motion in his presence."

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epicreads:

What are your favorite required reads from high school?


The Grapes of Wrath spoke to my soul

epicreads:

What are your favorite required reads from high school?

The Grapes of Wrath spoke to my soul

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booknerdjenny:

can we just take a moment to applaud the people who can just walk past bookstores without stepping in because that takes real strength 

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wanderthewood:

 Fenghuang, Hunan, China by ρrakaz (Digital Monk)

wanderthewood:

 Fenghuang, Hunan, China by ρrakaz (Digital Monk)

teatimewithemma:

Blossom tea (by ingwervanille)

The Character Biography – Writing more to write less


amandaonwriting:

Charles Dickens could get away with starting a story with the birth of his protagonist. J.D. Salinger chose not to start there and called it ‘all that David Copperfield kind of crap’. Now before I am lynched, let me say that I am a huge fan of Charles Dickens, but David Copperfield was published in 1850. Catcher in the Rye, although very advanced for its time, was published in 1945. Today we don’t write like either of these two authors.

This is 2014. What do we do?

  1. In The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins tells us simply that it is the day of the reaping. She doesn’t explain it or tell us what it means. 
  2. In The Fault in Our Stars, John Green jumps in by telling us seventeen-year-old Hazel is depressed because she has cancer. She is in a support group almost before we hit page two. 
  3. In Room by Emma Donoghue, Jack wakes up on his fifth birthday. He is in Bed and switches on Lamp and has an interesting conversation with Ma. We know something is up and weird, but Emma strings us along. She tells us nothing. 
  4. In The Good Luck of Right Now, Matthew Quick writes about Bartholomew Neil who is clearing out his deceased mother’s underwear drawer and finds a form letter from Richard Gere. The death of his mother and his one-sided correspondence with Mr Gere takes us on a journey that is at once sad, sweet and enchanting.

Now, this is not a post about inciting moments although each one is a brilliant example of a moment of action and change. This is in fact a post about character biographies.

Imagine if I started my post with: To begin my post with the beginning of my post, I record that I wrote (as I have been informed and believe) on a Sunday night at eight o’clock while everyone else was watching the Sunday night movie. (I ain’t no Dickens, that’s for sure.) 

How do great modern authors create characters so complete that I am interested in them even though I only met them a page ago? 

Read more here

fuckyeahtattoos:

Tattoo done by Patrick Henderson at Sacred Souls Ink in Denville, NJ.  This was done because I plan on being a teacher and an owl is the animal for wisdom but he is sitting in a library to remind me that one can always learn.

fuckyeahtattoos:

Tattoo done by Patrick Henderson at Sacred Souls Ink in Denville, NJ.  This was done because I plan on being a teacher and an owl is the animal for wisdom but he is sitting in a library to remind me that one can always learn.

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bookpatrol:
"The Curators" by Braden Duncan

bookpatrol:

"The Curators" by Braden Duncan

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