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Quotes by the Quill: The Wind in the Willows

July 25, 2013 | Kelly Cummings

Photo and lettering by Kelly Cummings   Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows celebrates living life as an adventure, and that’s the same feeling we get from this image. Kelly is a photographer in... read full article

Binary Cary: The Art of Racing in the Rain

July 23, 2013 | Cary Norton

You’ve heard of the stars system of reviewing: four stars is good, two and a half stars is okay, etc. … Cary hates it. What’s the point of all those shades of gray, anyway —... read full article

Quotes by the Quill: Dorothy Parker

July 18, 2013 | Kelly Cummings

Lettering by Kelly Cummings   Dorothy Parker was always quick-witted and sharp, and this quote is no exception — it certainly doesn’t feel like sour grapes to us, even in these two shades of purple.... read full article

Quotes by the Quill: Ralph Waldo Emerson

July 12, 2013 | Kelly Cummings

Photo and lettering by Kelly Cummings   We think Ralph Waldo Emerson would approve of the attention to detail and the beauty of nature captured in Kelly’s image. Kelly is a photographer in Birmingham, Alabama,... read full article

eReaders: The New Tamagotchi?

July 11, 2013 | Mollie Hawkins | 1 Comment

I was always that person, dear reader, that said things like, “I will NEVER buy an eReader! Fie! Blaspheme! I read real books! Paper! Destroying Trees!” and I meant it, I really did. There’s something... read full article

Quotes by the Quill: Margaret Atwood

July 03, 2013 | Kelly Cummings

Photo and lettering by Kelly Cummings. Margaret Atwood’s writing is haunting, unique, and at times whimsical — so we think the way Kelly interpreted her quote is perfect. Kelly is a photographer in Birmingham, Alabama,... read full article

Is Reading Twilight a Waste of Time? Not Really.

June 20, 2013 | Marc Marker

I Can’t Go On, I’ll Go On -Samuel Beckett   No, I really can’t read go on reading Twilight anymore. It’s just so incredibly boring … and I could be reading so many others that... read full article

Kevin's Strange and Wonderful Summer Picks

May 31, 2013 | Kevin Wilder

Ever wonder what makes a writer an author? Are they born with author genes, or does it have more to with family life, personal discipline, or what kind of cereal they choose every morning? An... read full article

Moveable Paris: Visit the City of Lights with Hemingway's A Moveable Feast

May 30, 2013 | Elisa Munoz

It was Tolstoy who said, “Every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way,” but it’s Elisa who writes about their unhappiness. In this column, she reads and reviews the best memoirs of the worst... read full article

Strangers on a Plane: Awkward Conversations about Books

May 29, 2013 | Mollie Hawkins

Everyone has a favorite place to read a book.  If I happened to define myself as a “normal” person, I might say I loved to read books on the beach. Or in a big comfortable... read full article

There's Still Money in the Banana Stand

May 26, 2013 | Janie Logan

By Janie Logan For the 11 of you who know what that title refers to, you’re not dreaming: the Bluth family is back, now streaming via Netflix Instant.   Years after being canceled by FOX,... read full article

Hell in a Handbook: I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp

May 17, 2013 | Kevin Wilder

Ever wonder what makes a writer an author? Are they born with author genes, or does it have more to with family life, personal discipline, or what kind of cereal they choose every morning? An... read full article

Reading Pathways: Chuck Palahniuk

May 12, 2013 | Mollie Hawkins | 2 Comments

Chuck Palahniuk disgusts me. Really. His writing is gritty, dark, and at times — downright gross. He’s casually known as “the guy that wrote Fight Club.” But I’m here to tell you, he’s worth a... read full article

The Man Behind the People Behind Books: Kevin Reads Lord of Publishing

May 10, 2013 | Kevin Wilder

Ever wonder what makes a writer an author? Are they born with author genes, or does it have more to with family life, personal discipline, or what kind of cereal they choose every morning? An... read full article

Missing Your Other Half: Grief and Memoir

May 08, 2013 | Elisa Munoz

It was Tolstoy who said, “Every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way,” but it’s Elisa who writes about their unhappiness. In this column, she reads and reviews the best memoirs of the worst... read full article

Killing Yourself to Finish a Book: 100% of a True Story

April 18, 2013 | Mollie Hawkins

Librarians have a certain … mystique. They’re strict gatekeepers to the world of books. Cataloguers of information. Guardians of story. Watchdogs of truth. Mollie’s not a librarian yet … well, actually Mollie’s a barista now.... read full article

A Gay Man’s Creepy Odyssey: My Husband and My Wives

April 09, 2013 | Bobby Watson

 Bobby Watson is a recovering non-reader. After devoting his formative and college years to reading, he’s been seduced by the business of life, the addictive nature of cable TV, and the all-consuming need for a... read full article