This is insanely cool. FleaFolly Architects of London created this miniature city based on the characters and storylines from Brothers Grimm fairy tales. This city explores these classic German tales through an exposition of narrative architecture, featuring recognizable imagery from many of the stories. Given that it’s Grimm (no pun intended), this may seem a little dark, but it does have us thinking about what authors’ cities we’d like to inhabit…
Yes, this is a promotional video. But it’s also kind of fantastic. And there’s no Waterstones on this side of the pond anyway, so just enjoy it. Then feel free to send it along to any foolish friends/family that might grumble a bit when they were hoping for an ipad but get Austen instead.
“When it was announced that the Library contained all books, the first reaction was unbounded joy. All men felt themselves the possessors of an intact and secret treasure. There was no personal problem, no world problem, whose eloquent solution did not exist—somewhere in some hexagon. The universe was justified; the universe suddenly became congruent with the unlimited width and breadth of humankind’s hope.”
It suddenly feels like winter here in New York: we saw the first snowflakes of the season on Tuesday morning. I don’t have a fireplace, but it’s hard to resist the urge to curl up by the heating pipe with a fat, favorite classic. Enter the new Penguin Clothbound Classics edition of Vanity Fair, beautifully rendered in pale blue, and scattered with stylized gems in honor of the ambitious Becky Thatcher. I am generally fairly indifferent to what my books look like, but I love this series, which manages to feel both modern and heirloom. As to the novel, it’s just the best; you don’t need to hear that from me. From the opening lines of Thackeray’s preface, “Before the Curtain,” you know you’re in for a treat, whether reading it for the first time or the twentieth. The author subtitled Vanity Fair “A Novel without a Hero,” but though it’s peopled with some of literature’s most memorable characters, it’s true that the real star is a sweeping story that manages to be both tragic and fun. —Sadie O. Stein
Kind words from Sadie O. Stein this morning on the Paris Review blog. Always amazing to get praise from people we appreciate so much in return.
“This a blue moment…it’s blue because I’m confused, again; or should I say “still”? I don’t know what I want or how to get it. I act like I know what I want, and I appear to be going after it—fast, but I don’t, when it comes down to it, even know. I guess it’s because I’m afraid. Afraid I’m wrong.”
Keith Haring, Journals
Monday First Sentences | Every Monday, we offer the opening sentences of a Penguin Classic to start the week.
Flavorwire has a delightful collection today of famous authors in advertisements, like this one from John Steinbeck. Whatever, he’s selling, we’re buying.