Monday, April 2, 2012

I'm Moving

I've lost my blogging rhythm and style and realized I've outgrown this space.  So I'm starting over, because I needed a blank slate, rather than just changes.  I thought I was done blogging altogether, but I think I'm just done here.

Come visit me in my new virtual home, won't you?

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Just Read(ing): The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt, by Caroline Preston

[a page from the book]

Caroline Preston loves vintage ephemera.  According to her bio, she spent hours in the attic of her parents' home with generations of scrapbooks as a girl and worked as an archivist as an adult.  This love of ephemera and archives grew into The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt, which is something like a graphic novel--it's a story told through an artful mix of 1920s memorabilia and captions typed on a vintage Corona typewriter and assembled by Preston.  It is also really fun to read.  I'm only two chapters in, but this book is so different and fun that I wanted to share already.  I got a copy at the library, but I might have to buy it for myself if the rest of the book is as fun to read.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Your Brain on Fiction


[by Madeline Tosh on Flickr]

Oh, hey there.  I haven't had much to say lately, just other things to do.  I'm not a regular blogger anymore and finally admitted it to myself.  Now I'm admitting it to you.  So hello again.

Here's something I couldn't help sharing: a New York Times article about the brain on fiction.  This morning, Kathrin of Annekata shared this article by Annie Murphy Paul.  The article presents the results from studies of brain activity while reading.

I particularly love the concluding lines of the article:

"Reading great literature, it has long been averred, enlarges and improves us as human beings. Brain science shows this claim is truer than we imagined."

How wonderful is that?