“You are voluntarily closeting yourself with the hate-object. It simply can’t be healthy. Or can it?”

Sadie Stein on hate-reading.

Critics sometimes appear to be addressing themselves to works other than those I remember writing.


Poland photographed by Hans Hildenbrand for National Geographic, 1930s.

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“For a writer, the greatest thing is to be able to pare away.” —Peter Carey

Pictured: Carey’s grandfather’s business, Carey Motors, Ballarat, Australia, 1917, and a postcard for his grandfathers flying school.



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Hello book … please take me away.


My book of cartoons ‘You’re All Just Jealous of my Jetpack’ is available now:
Other stockists and info at


India’s Briefcase-Sized Voting Machines

They’re portable, economical, and helping more than 800 million Indians cast ballots in this year’s election.

Read more. [Image: Sivaram V/Reuters]


Amazing Art on Japanese Manhole Covers

In Japan, there are many cities and towns that place visually stunning works of art right underneath pedestrians’ feet. There are almost 6,000 of these covers around the country, turning unattractive necessities into eye candy. Photographer S. Morita has documented hundreds of these covers over the years which are available on Morita’s Flickr page.

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Incredible Beach Art

San Francisco native artist, Andres Amado, uses the beach as his canvas. Instead of a brush, he uses a rake to create his amazing designs in the sand. Andres creates artworks that are larger than 100,000 square feet. He spends countless hours on his pieces even though he knows that the tide will soon wash it away.

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Here’s the link for more information about the PS244 fundraising campaign

Here’s the link to the GIVE IT ALL TO ME Library Collection at

Check it out! The good folks dropped me a line about this project last week, and I’m happy to boost for Library Week.



“Rome says: enjoy me. London: survive me. New York: gimme all you got.”

Read Zadie Smith’s story from our Spring issue, now available in its entirety online.

I will always reblog Zadie.


Comme chien et chat


Comme chien et chat

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There are many reasons why novelists write, but they all have one thing in common - a need to create an alternative world.
John Fowles (via booklover)