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Poem of the Day: from Kokoro by Natsume Soseki

“I often laughed, and you often gave me a dissatisfied look, till you pressed me to unfold my past before you as if it were a roll of pictures. It was then I felt respect for you. Because you unreservedly … Continue reading

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Wooden Dioramas Bring the Feel of Tokyo Alleys Into Your Bookshelf

These unique bookends bring the feel of a Japanese back alley into your home. A Tokyo-based, Japanese designer named monde has created by hand these wood inserts that reveal incredible miniature scene of the alleyways of Tokyo. The unique bookends were on display … Continue reading

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Book Conservator Nobuo Okano Repairs Tattered Books

For the past 33 years Japanese craftsman Okano Nobuo has been repairing tattered books and reconstituting them to look brand new. When a customer brought in an old Japanese-English dictionary that looked like it had been through a few wars, … Continue reading

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China Opens World’s Coolest Library With 1.2 Million Books

MVRDV and Tianjin Urban Planning and Design Institute (TUPDI) have completed Tianjin Binhai Library as part of a larger masterplan to provide a cultural district for the city. The 33,700m2 cultural centre featuring a luminous spherical auditorium and floor-to-ceiling cascading … Continue reading

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The Power of a Single Book Distorting a Solid Brick Wall

Mexican mixed media artist Jorge Méndez Blake constructed a 75 x 13 foot brick wall that balances on top of a single copy of Franz Kafka’s The Castle. “Although a larger metaphor could be applied to the installation no matter what piece of literature … Continue reading

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Whimsical Illustrations for Book Lovers by Jungho Lee

These surreal illustrations for books are by Korea-based illustrator Jungho Lee, overall professional winner of the World Illustration Awards 2016, Website via [Booooooom]

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100-Year-Old Theatre Is Turned Into a Thriving Bookstore

photo credit: Ryan Poole Welcome to one of the most beautiful (and one of the biggest) bookshop in the world, the ex-theatre El Ateneo in Buenos Aires (Argentina). Designed in 1919 by architects Peró and Torres Armengol, El Ateneo shifted to a … Continue reading

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Japanese Realistic Fake Food Bookmarks

These 2-dimensional realistic fake food bookmarks are sold through the quirky online shop Tokyo Kitsch. They come in 8 different varieties with each looking more lifelike than the next. Twitter / Facebook via [spoon-tamago]  

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Poem of the Day: Fahrenheit 451 (Incipit) by Ray Bradbury

It was a pleasure to burn. It was a special pleasure to see things eaten, to see things blackened and changed. With the brass nozzle in his fists, with this great python spitting its venomous kerosene upon the world, the … Continue reading

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Book Covers and Other Impressive Illustrations by Jon Foster

“Museum of Thieves” (digital) © Jon Foster Jon Foster graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 1989 with a BFA in Illustration. His works have appeared in publications such as National Geographic, Universal Orlando, Dark Horse Comics, DC Comics, … Continue reading

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