Underrated books - tomorrow’s cult classics (MUBA speech transcript)
The Most Underrated Book Award 2013, which I helped judge, was announced on Friday at the close of…
Christmas Press heralds a return to traditional picture book publishing in Australia
“There’s not a lot of traditional material for kids being produced in Australia,” says Sophie…
I used to be very into clothes.
I began hand-sewing clothing in high school; at 17, my mom gave me her sewing machine. I made clothes. I hunted thrift stores for clothes. I bought and sold vintage clothing online. Eventually, I had to expand to two closets to hold my wardrobe. I. Loved. Clothes.
A 40-year-old orangutan has developed an unnerving obsession with Pride & Prejudice.
Albert, a 200lb (91kg) primate reads up to 50 pages a day of Austen’s book.
And he’s so gripped that unless he’s had at least half-an-hour of Elizabeth Bennet’s travails with Mr Darcy, he won’t sleep at night.
Michael Krause, Albert’s keeper at Gdansk Zoo, in Poland, revealed: “Albert’s favourite book is Pride & Prejudice while his partner Raya likes German fiction. But they both like cookery books.
“When we’re doing dramatic readings they like me to act out all the movements.”
The bedtime stories came about because the pair would not settle down at night.
Mr Krause said: “If you gave them a fruit snack they’d throw it around, if you tried to wear them out with play, they’d just get hyper.
“I didn’t know what to do until I pulled out a book I was reading during a break and within a couple of minutes they were trying to read over my shoulder.
“Now they go to bed quietly and peacefully as long as they get their stories.”
This is all I care about now. Goodbye.
Hi all, I’m currently working on a project I’m calling “Flip Cards”, and I’d love to get some feedback from teachers, educators, and other savvy individuals as I go about it. If you’d like to sign up for notifications about the project, or to offer your help/expertise, you can do so via the Google form link. :)
Flip Cards will be a deck of full-colour playing cards designed to help senior school students analyse texts from a social justice perspective. The cards are intended to encourage students to think about issues of inequality and typecasting by “flipping” certain elements in their assigned reading texts.
The product will incorporate:
-52 playing cards divided into four thematic suits
Questions to help students consider issues of gender, class, ethnicity, heternormativity, ableism and stigma
-A “timeline” design element on the picture side of the card presenting students with historically significant figures, quotes, or subversive/non-normative images and icons.
Cover designs inspired by art: Wally Lamb’s We Are Water and Rhein II by Andreas Gursky
When browsing through my many bookish newsletters today I came across an ad for Wally Lamb’s…
A humpback whale jumps to the surface of the Pacific Ocean at the Uramba Bahia Malaga natural park in Colombia, on July 16, 2013. (LUIS ROBAYO/AFP/Getty Images/Newscom)
Giveaway: Tampa by Alissa Nutting
If I were to peg a book as 2013′s most controversial release, Alissa Nutting’s Tampa, would…
An Ode to Book Snobs
Some months ago, during my efforts to seek climate-controlled asylum from Melbourne’s oppressive…
I’m expecting cool things to come out of this:
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