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Literary Food At Its Finest, Courtesy Of Top Chef

I hate the word “foodie,” but I could probably be classified as one.

I’ll eat anything, and I love going out to a good restaurant. Most of my family’s vacations are built around cities that have a diverse restaurant scene.

Our guilty pleasure is cooking competition shows. Top Chef, MasterChef, Hell’s Kitchen, Chopped—we watch ‘em all. So a few weeks ago, while sitting down with my wife to watch a DVR’d episode of Top Chef, I was delighted to see that the featured elimination challenge had a literary theme.

Cooking and literature—together it’s awesome!

With the show being hosted in Boston this season, the chefs were asked to create a dish inspired by a famous New England author. The choices included Stephen King, Edgar Allen Poe, Emily Dickinson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry David Thoreau, and Dr. Seuss. Read more

Infographic: When Did Famous Authors Publish Their Breakthrough Novels?

This is a fascinating infographic that was sent my way.

The graphic shows the age at which dozens of famous authors wrote their first book, their first breakthrough book, in which years of life they published other books, and when they died.

It gives you a good idea of how prolific some writers are—to a fault, in some cases, I would say.

You can view the full infographic at BlinkBox Books by clicking on the image below.


Explore the careers of some of the world’s most successful authors. Click image to open interactive version (via Blinkbox Books).

Some thoughts: Read more

The 101 Books 2014 Christmas Gift Guide

Last year’s 101 Books Christmas Gift Guide was a moderate success so let’s give it another go.

I try to get a little creative with these. Everybody knows about gift cards, bookmarks, and such, but what are some of the more unusual items you maybe haven’t thought about for the book lover in your life?

How about… Read more

The 2nd Annual Literary Trick Or Treat!

It’s that time of year when I bow down to the blogging gods who tell me to create seasonally-themed blog content.

Last year, I was hesitant before finally caving to their demands. And, today, I return to the scene of the crime.

It’s the 2nd Annual Literary Trick or Treat!

Your least favorite seasonal blog post returns, badder and worser than ever! Below, I’ve given 10 fairly popular opinions about books, literature, writing, blogging and the like. Then I’ll tell you whether or not I think said opinion is good (treat!) or bad (trick!). It’s wonderfully clever, isn’t it?

So let’s begin: Read more

Who Needs Pictures In Kids’ Books Anyway?

My 4 year old is going to love this book. In fact, I’m placing my order today.

What a great way to encourage kids to read. It’s goofy and immature, but these are kids! And they’re learning to read!

So what exactly is this book with no pictures? It’s a new kids’ book from BJ Novak, our favorite intern from The Office. 

It’s just freakin’ brilliant. But I’ve got to work on my voice inflection before I read it to my son.

Here’s a promotional video of Novak reading the kids book. Be warned: It’s pretty awesome!

You can order it on Amazon.  Read more

This 12 Year Old’s Essay Is Brilliant

This 12 year old kid gets it.

He just gets it.

Now go out and win today, just like this kid.  Read more

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words…But What If You Couldn’t See It?

That question comes from the Tactile Picture Books Project, which is a fascinating, inspiring, and just downright brilliant use of technology.

What is it? Some researchers at the University of Colorado have created 3-D printed storybooks for visually impaired children. Think braille on steroids.

Images literally emerge from the page, formed into shapes of the objects within the book’s text. They allow visually impaired kids to get a better sense of the elements of a story, like landscapes.

Check out these examples from Goodnight Moon, which show the text and the braille, followed by the 3-D printed images:  Read more

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