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Woman Forced to Remove Dying Tree, Turns It Into Tiny Library Instead

When city workers of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho told Sharalee Armitage Howard they would have to remove a huge 110-year-old tree from her front yard, she was saddened. Determined to preserve whatever she could of the beautiful tree, she decided to turn the tree’s trunk into a free neighbourhood library with the help of the nonprofit organization, Little Free Library. With over 75,000 ‘Little Free Libraries’ in 88 countries, it’s possible you’ve seen these (though not as elaborate) in your own neighbourhood! According to Sharalee, the old cottonwood tree was starting…

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‘His Dark Materials’ author shares a piece of genuinely helpful writing advice on Twitter

Image: Getty Images As anyone who writes – for work, fun, or both – will know, writing can be a long and lonely process made even more difficult by self-doubt and distractions from the outside world. Sometimes it feels like you’re just sitting around waiting for inspiration.  While writing advice seems to be in abundance, not all of it is that helpful or even realistic. But of His Dark Materials Philip Pullman just shared a really good, tangible piece of advice on Twitter.  SEE ALSO: J.K. Rowling shares writing advice,…

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Fetishizing books is not the same thing as loving reading

Disclosed book on a table. Close-up.Image: Getty Images If you follow a lot of people who watch a lot of Netflix, then you’ve probably spent a lot of 2019 so far watching them argue about books. Specifically, about Tidying Up with Marie Kondo‘s approach to books. “Keep your tidy, spark-joy hands off my book piles, Marie Kondo,” gasped The Washington Post. “Marie Kondo, back off! Why this book hoarder refuses to tidy up,” declared Cnet. On Twitter, some bibliophiles expressed shock and horror, while others reacted to that shock and…

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Beautiful Wooden Bookshelf Inserts by Japanese Artist Monde

Built and Designed by Monde Japanese artist Monde has created a beautiful series of woodworks complete with a light switch! The Tokyo-based artist built and designed intricate, wooden bookshelf inserts that are like miniature dioramas of narrow alleyways you might find in the streets of Tokyo. [via unlka on reddit] Built and Designed by Monde Built and Designed by Monde Built and Designed by Monde Built and Designed by Monde Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/2018/11/wooden-bookshelf-inserts-by-monde/

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Sorry everyone, Stephen King has just given this 1 word a ‘long vacation’

The King of horror is done with things being 'amazing'.Image: WireImage This isn’t the first time Stephen King has banned a particular word or phrase. Anyone who’s read his excellent book On Writing will know he has more than a few pet peeves, and in recent years he’s taken to expressing these on Twitter. SEE ALSO: 41 times Stephen King’s dog Molly was the most evil beast on the internet Here’s an example from last year: Note to writers: “Amazing” is very tired. “Amazing” needs a long vacation. Therefore, please…

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Stephen King sells short story film rights to students for $1

Stephen King is all about those student films.Image: WireImage For anyone hoping to make their mark in the world of horror movies, you’d think a Stephen King adaption would pretty much be the holy grail. For some students at Blaenau Gwent Film Academy in Wales, UK, though, it’s a reality. SEE ALSO: 13 of the best Stephen King short stories you’ve never read The Academy recently signed a contract to adapt “Stationary Bike”, a short story featured in King’s collection Just After Sunset. And they only had to pay $1…

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Churchill by Andrew Roberts review is it possible to break through the myth?

The great statesmans standing in the Britain of 2018 is arguably higher than it was in 1945. This biography too easily dismisses his less heroic side How to assess the career of a world-changing politician who was also a prolific journalist, writer and incessant self-publicist? Aside from his other achievements, Winston Churchill wrote a six-volume, 1.9m-word account of the second world war and his role in winning it. Are we able, more than five decades after his death, to peer over the mountain of his reputation and his writings more…

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Book-Lover Turns Her Massive Library Into Art, And Her 90k Instagram Followers Approve

Some people like to read art books, others enjoy making art from books. ‘Bookstagrammer’ Elizabeth Sagan has been sharing her love for books with her 90k followers for several years, and never ceases to amaze everyone with her creative scenarios. It all began with sharing her favorite reads, then interactive shots with a bookcase. As she became more and more involved with the idea, photos got steadily more complex and creative. Today she creates intricate and inspiring artwork from her massive collection of books. If this art form seems familiar,…

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Protest and parade on the streets of San Francisco

The 80s were a decade of demonstration for California photographer Janet Delaney. As her photos are collected in a book and the city stirs again she talks about her work In 1981, at the start of the Reagan years, photographer Janet Delaney decamped from the South of Market or SoMa neighbourhood in her beloved San Francisco, where she had lived since her teens, to a new home in the Mission district. Aged just 29, she had spent the previous few years documenting social change and gentrification in SoMa. I was…

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Joy Division inspired me to write but could I write about their music? | Sophie Mackintosh

Man Booker longlisted author Sophie Mackintosh explains how writing a short story based on Unknown Pleasures led her back to the music that made her want to be an author Two years ago, I received an email inviting me to contribute to a short-story anthology on Joy Division. It would be a literary reimagining of their 1979 debut Unknown Pleasures the only Joy Division album released during singer Ian Curtiss lifetime with each author assigned one of the songs and left free to interpret it however they liked. I was…

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Elena Ferrante: Beauty triumphs in childhood photos, along with charm, joy, happy laughter

Missing is the distress, tiredness, irritation, fear, tantrums I dont have much to do with children these days. Friends and relatives send me photographs and videos of their children. I save this material carefully: I like comparing the face of a newborn with what he or she has become at eight months, at two years, at three. I have no photographs of myself as a newborn; the first image goes back to when I was two. Whereas theres not a day in the life of my granddaughter that has not…

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Know thyself by writing your first novel

Dig deep inside, battle self-doubt and become the person you know you can be. Richard Skinner on the healing powers of writing a novel Writing a novel is a scary prospect. Theyre so long and winding, they can seem never-ending. The main obstacle might seem to be starting the terror of the blank page but the real stumbling block lies elsewhere. There is no reason in the world why you cant write a novel and the only thing stopping you from doing so is yourself. It seems such an insurmountable…

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It’s Never Too Late to Be a Reader Again

It was a book that drove me away from books. This wasn’t a trauma of distaste, or indulgence: not a literary bad mussel, not waking up on the floor of someone's house with a swimming head and the knowledge that I could never again be within smelling distance of their first editions. My aversion was borne of fear. The fear took root in 2016—which, while decidedly not-great in general, was very much a great year for books. Especially fiction. Especially especially speculative fiction. Between new releases and neo-classics I finally…

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