bookshelf porn. Quite possible one of the best blogs around. Needs no further explanations, simply go there, enjoy what you see for a while, turn of your computer and finally start reading that book that has always been there but has never been opened.
from 2005 until 2011 I commuted to work by train daily. Best thing to do while on a train? Eavesdropping other people’s conversations. No, I’m kidding. Best thing is to try to escape banal reality by reading beautiful stories put to paper by smart and creative people.
New Yorker Ourit Ben-Haim documents people riding the New York underground whilst reading. She snaps a picture of them and posts the results daily on her website. But never without asking for the titles of the books her subjects are reading. Ben-Haim then links every photo to library search engines for if you would like to borrow the book from a library near you and to amazon, for those who don’t borrow but buy.
my father is the one to be credited with instilling a love for sixties music in me. The Lovin’ Spoonful, The Mamas and the Papas, Bob Dylan, Buffalo Springfield, you name it I love it. I also love the obscure, the one-hit-wonders and the wall of sound.
If you share my love for the sixties I recommend you look out for a book that will satisfy your hunger for more knowledge on this period: Lillian Roxon’s Rock Encyclopedia. It was written in 1969 and it gives a beautiful and funny insight into how people in the sixties looked at what was happening musically in that same period. From all the bands and artists, to acid and death rock, but also new phenomenons like groupies (check out my photos: Roxon calls female musicians groupies of the worst kind!) and rock managers. All is explained in this wonderful book.
photos my own
I don’t know about you, but when coming to someone’s house for the first time, I always go straight for the bookshelves. A bookshelf is like the mirror of one’s soul. Ok, that is a bit over the top, but still. A book selection can tell you a lot about a person. And apparently I am not the only one who thinks that is the case. Artist Jane Mount paints people’s portraits through the spines of their favorite books. Together with writer Tessaly La Force she created the book My Ideal Bookshelf, full of creative people showing the reader their favorite books of all time including an explanation of why these particular books have been so important to them.
Mount and La Force are enabling us to make our own ideal bookshelf simply by printing this page. When you’re done, you can upload your own ideal bookshelf to their special Tumblr page.
My ideal shelf would definitely include The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera, Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote and Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl. What would yours look like?
most fashion blogs tend to make me feel like I need new clothes. I try to ignore all the wish lists and must haves, but often fail miserably. All that shiny newness of the clothes makes my own wardrobe feel blunt and outdated. Even if it really is not. Fortunately, there are blogs around that cover the topic of fashion, but focus more on personal style than on buying stuff. One example of such a blog is Style Like U.
Style Like U interviews people that have a unique sense of style. They film them inside their own home while showing the viewers a peek into their closets. You have to ignore the occasional “OMG, that is amazing” from the person behind the camera, but other than that these videos are often a pleasure to watch. The focus is always on the things that are loved and cherished, and it is good to see that most of the time those things have been worn quite extensively. I find that watching these interviews makes me appreciate the clothes I have even more.
Don’t forget to watch the video above. It is one of my favorites, starring Leslie Arfin (writer of HBO’s Girls). I love girls with glasses.
no matter how smart my phone is or will get in the future, I will never use it as a digital diary. Nothing beats the good old pen and paper to write down the things I must remember.
Same goes for books. No e-readers please, just give me the real deal. I want to be able to smell the ink and feel the paper.
This video shows how books are made by hand. Pay attention to the actual hands that are on show. I love how they are aged and mature.
Out of Print sells clothing, stationary and accessories with iconic books covers on it. Their aim is to spread the joy of reading. And because not all children have access to good books, one book is donated to a community in need for every product sold.
I do think the rules of the rock band T shirt apply here as well: you should only wear a T shirt with a cover on it of a book you’ve actually read.