Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Sunday, September 26, 2010
I want to soak up the aromas of charcoal lamb, lusty blood red paprika, zesty lemon, cheeky cumin, sweetly delicate rose water and pulsating pomegranate in Marrakesh's central souk, before diving head first into the labyrinth of suburbia, lead by nothing else but my curiosity.
An equally addicted, but far savvier bookworm, has managed to combine her penance for books with business. Her website [ilovereading.com.au] has a lovely explanation of how the system works, but basically for $90 subscription you can borrow as many books as you like for a year mmmm my purse will be positively brimming with the pennies saved.
Now if there was some why to curb my coffee addiction...
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Is there prescribed formula for each genre? A decomposing body by page 5 in a murder mystery thriller?The eventual realisation of unrequited love by page 200 in a romance novel?
Or perhaps it’s not the contents at all and it’s the cover itself that sells the book.
To paraphrase Matthew Riley - the font in which a bestselling author's name is written in never changes, like any brand it requires continuity. Funnily enough our country's most renowned popular author Bryce Courtney, hates his gold embossed font and tries in vein to get it changed whenever he has a new book for publication - however his marketing team say it'll be a disaster if they attempt to change it.
Lee Child remarks that his bookcovers all go through vigorous test groups and marketing panels before a decision is ever made - which is surprising as they all appear so bland and slapdashed.
It's worth watching the program, even just to hear Bryce Courtney compare masturbating with literary hobnobs writing unreadable highbrow "art".
The group successfully cut down the notion of bestselling author "selling out" with a typically succinct phrasing- First it's written, then it's read and then it exists.
I must admit, as a book snob this resonated with me – I’ve been trying to more broad minded and stop belittling bestsellers. Sure I won’t pretend that I wasn’t an outspoken naysayer of the Stephanie Myers phenomenon, but I am getting better at knowing when to keep my opinions to myself and not encroach on what other people view as pleasurable reading. In fact I have only recently learnt to give up on books – in the past I’ve strained my eyes and sanity with reading laborious literary tomes, because it’s what “bookish” people do.
Plus I’ve also learnt [thanks to the program], that I shouldn’t be shy if I ever see Bryce Courtney in the cereal aisle of the supermarket. As apparently he mails a copy of one of his books to anyone that stops him for a chat mmmm that would be a handy way around my self imposed ban on buying books...gosh saving money is hassle!
Friday, September 17, 2010
Jacob A. Pfeiffer, Monkey Wrench, oil, 12 X 9 inches
Jhenna Quinn Lewis, Bird, oil, 8 X 6 inches
TR Colletta's, Writer's Block 11, oil on linen, 50" x 50"
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
My Primary school library was a cavernous space with domed ceilings, Victorian era mouldings and classically craved architraves. The Librarian had created comfy corners with beanbags. These nooks and crannies accommodated tiny bums and grubby hands, eager to snort at the impish creations of Roald Dahl, chortle at the fabulously frank fart jokes of Morris Gleitzman and get lost in the adventures of Cairo Jim.
So inspired by the Librarian I dreamed that when I grew up that I would be one too.
Unfortunately I discovered that not all libraries were created equal. My high school library was a prefabricated wasteland of sappy Sweet Valley High, fluorescent light bulbs and an unhealthy bent towards the incestuous V.C. Andrews. I lost the dream I becoming a librarian and studied something else entirely.
I truly believe that my primary school library fostered my insatiable want of words.
In my search for books to read I stumbled across this gem: The L!brary Book: Design Collaborations in the Public Schools.
The New York based Robin Hood Foundation strives to improve student literacy rates and believes good library design can inspire learning. "For reading to become an everyday habit, it needs to be nurtured in a home of its own" - The L!brary Initiative brings together input from corporate underwriters, children's book publishers, architects, graphic designers, product manufacturers, library associations, teachers, and students to create stimulating spaces within public elementary schools.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
Bend your knees, and stick out your pelvis;
(I'm telling you, baby, it's better than Elvis!)"