Recommended Viewing: Year in Reading alumna Rachel Fershleiser’s TED talk “Why I heart the Bookternet" on building reading communities through the internet. "The more tools that we get for communication and collaboration, the more we’re taking reading and writing — these really solitary pursuits — and building communities around them for connection and conversation."
What would The Road look like as a children’s book? The question is vaguely unsettling, but Jerry Puryear set out to answer it anyway, drawing up detailed mockups of literary children’s books and posting them on his Tumblr. At Slate, a selection of his book covers. (This might be a good time to look back on our US-UK Book Cover Battle.)
I can’t create a profile on a non-Facebook site that then appears on Facebook, and no microblogging service could emerge to challenge Twitter unless it were capable of inducing mass defections. Social media services or social utilities, as they would better be called, are thus more like highways or railroads than like car manufacturers or freight companies. Trade in my Ford for a Toyota, and I can still drive on the same roads that lead to my friends’ doors. But even if there were another all-purpose social networking site like Facebook, I couldn’t switch to it without losing contact with my Facebook friends. This presents the familiar problems of monopoly.
You told LJ about over 390 of your favorite Tumblrs. Here they are, from most to least popular:
- thelifeguardlibrarian, with 29 mentions
- libraryjournal, with 16 mentions
- fishingboatproceeds, with 13 mentions (sorry John Green, Kate & LJ won this battle)
- librarianproblems, with nine mentions
- nypl, with six mentions
- motherjones, with five mentions
- betterbooktitles, with four mentions
41 out of 390 ain’t bad considering all of the awesome blogs on this list. However if you want even more great Tumblr goodness (and in particular you want things related to books, art and photography), you should check out our three-part Guide to the Best Literary Tumblr Blogs:
Doctor Grant, Doctor Sattler! What do you see?
Good morning, Tumblr. Nice to you see you here.
If you’re reading this, it means you’re either awake and on Tumblr at 6 a.m. EST, or you’ve just clicked into The Millions’s new series tab: #TumblrIndex. Going forward, this series will occasionally highlight lists of 4-5 Tumblr pages worth following. In the past, we’ve organized three gigantic, humongous, tremendous monster lists to get literary and artistic folks up to speed on the Tumblr community. But now, with the Tumblr Index series, we’ll be able to keep readers clued into new developments in this community as they happen, and we’ll be able to better explain what it is about each blog that we really enjoy.
Hope to see you around in the future!
It really came as no surprise to me to learn that at the time she was writing Harriet the Spy, Louise Fitzhugh had been a butch known within the lesbian community as Willie. When she came into a large inheritance, she bought men’s clothes and had them tailored for her, vowing never again to wear women’s clothes. I don’t know if she consciously thought of Harriet as cross-dresser, but I am certainly not the only one to have recognized her as a kindred spirit.
God this is glorious.