Of Cabbages and Kings: November 10, 2013

I seem to be getting a lot of my book news from BuzzFeed these days. Anyway.

My favourite update from the Internet book world comes from this Harry Potter fan who photographed his Potter-centric journey to London. Reading this may or may not have made me tear up.

BuzzFeed featured all the things that bookworms would love to have in their homes. You know, apart from the lifetime supply of books.

I love every single thing about being a book lover, except the part where I run out of room for new books and books end up in unexpected places. Hello, book in the kitchen drawer, what are you doing there?

Why are more adults turning to children’s books? Because, as the article says, there are lessons and hope in kids books.

Some behind-the-scenes trivia from The Hobbit for all the Tolkien fans in the house.

And finally, since I spend so much time reading long non-fiction online, I’m going to link to my favourite one each week for anyone who’s interested in similar reading.

My long reads pick of the week.

Writer Evan Ratliff decided to find out whether it was possible to disappear for a month in the digital age. He worked with Wired magazine who, apart from offering clues to his whereabouts, also offered a $5000 reward for anyone who could find him within a month, say the password “fluke” and take his picture. It resulted in a massive manhunt with people collaborating over the Internet to track him down.
This article is riveting not just because of the fascinating premise but also thanks to the excellent writing. It made me hold my breath and exclaim “WOW!” at the end not only because the events were perfectly planned and executed, but also because the writing was equally well-planned and executed.

Of Cabbages and Kings: October 28, 2013

This feels a bit like an errant teenager slinking into the house in the middle of the night without any explanation for all those hours where she was officially missing in action. Except that I haven’t been a teenager for a few years now and it was actually months (8 of them to be exact), and not hours, that remain unaccounted for.

I could come up with an excellent excuse for my blog’s non-functional status since March and how and why I couldn’t find a single minute to post an update. But I happen to be sneak-writing this blog post during my lunch hour (and my excuse is really not that interesting) so I’m just going to pretend I was away on a mysterious mission.

I have lots of shiny links (and scheduled posts too – gasp!) to make up for my disappearing act. I’m also full of promises and good intentions to be a reliably regular blogger for the foreseeable future.

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This list of reasons for admission into an insane asylum that comes straight from the late 1800s makes me wonder if it’s acceptable to call in to work insane and spend the day ODing on books and Supernatural.

One of my favourite Internet columns has a new edition and this one is called Texts from Edgar Allen Poe. (Be sure to check out the other Text From posts. Deliciously hilarious!)

All the book dedications mentioned in this list are pretty awesome.

These bookshelves made from unusual items makes me wonder whether it’s possible to build one made entirely of bubblewrap.

This essay on why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming by Neil Gaiman makes me even more ashamed to admit I’ve not read any of his books yet. Soon to be remedied.

I wish Mumbai had a bookstore that oozed as much quirky personality as this one in Perth does. More signage from the store here.

And finally (as well as appropriately), some last words from the horse’s (as much as a famous author can be equine) mouth.

Of Cabbages and Kings: February 17, 2013

I’ve spent the week researching Santa Claus and fairy tales and watching Boy Meets World (a decade too late) and Rugrats. How old am I again?**

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Photo courtesy here.

There’s been some Harry Potter book news after what seems likes eons. After Scholastic’s sneak peek at the 15th anniversary covers for the series’ American editions, here are a few fan-made renditions.

I think cellphones are complete nuisances and would happily toss mine in the sea if my friends and family would promise not to have collective heart attacks. Until that day comes, these brutally honest text message auto-replies should keep me happy.

Because Calvin and Hobbes are way too cool to remain in their comic world, here they are up to shenanigans in real-life photographs.

If any species from the animal kingdom comes close to sharing my love for dogs, it’s penguins. And this video of a penguin intersection in Antarctica is just the bee’s knees. (Ha! I’ve always wanted to use that phrase)

I strongly suspect that the reason I can spend hours gazing at gorgeous photographs is due to my lack of any photographic talent whatsoever. Steve McCurry, my favourite clicker of portraits, displays two of my favourite things – reading and writing.

Slate thinks Amanda McKittrick Ros may have been the worst novelist in history.

If you haven’t read this story yet, the headline should prove reason enough: For 40 years, this Russian family was cut off from all human contact, unaware of WWII.

These group of friends have spent 23 years locked in a game of “Tag”. What is the procedure to start a similar game of one’s own?

And, finally, as a public interest announcement, 32 of the greatest things that have happened on Tumblr.

**“We are always the same age inside.” – Gertrude Stein