Robert The does "book installations" and sculptures like this one called Desert Rose:
And Danish artist Olafur Eliasson laser cut 454 slices out of this book in a rendering of his house on an 85:1 scale:
How about you; do you like depressing books or happy ending books, or a bit of both?
If you like mysteries told from a killer's perspective and don't mind a lot of blood and murder you may want to look into a little known subgenre called "noir fiction". These crime novels often combine obsessive passion with murder and always involve evil, weaving together just enough of the dark side to make one wonder. Most recently I came across an entertaining mystery that included all the noir characteristics, "Bad Thoughts" by Dave Zeltserman. I was so enticed by the tense, fast pace I immediately wanted another like it. Looking up the subject "noir fiction" I found we have at least 13 recent novels that you might also like to try. If you run out of recent material try the old classics gathered together in our short stories section, "Crime novels: American noir of the 1950s" and "Crime novels: American noir of the1930s and 40s".
Congratulations to Charles Simic, UNH Professor Emeritus who has been chosen as the U.S. Poet Laureate. Mr. Simic replaces another talented
What are you going to do about it?
The birds are silent; there's no one to ask.
All day long you'll squint at the gray sky.
When the wind blows you'll shiver like straw.
A meek little lamb you grew your wool
Till they came after you with huge shears.
Flies hovered over open mouth,
Then they, too, flew off like the leaves,
The bare branches reached after them in vain.
Winter coming. Like the last heroic soldier
Of a defeated army, you'll stay at your post,
Head bared to the first snow flake.
Till a neighbor comes to yell at you,
You're crazier than the weather, Charlie.
From his website:
"Tommy Makem is the son and heir of the legendary source singer Sarah Makem. He has also been known for many years as the modern day Bard of Armagh and is regarded around the world as "The Godfather" of Irish music.
Armed with his banjo, tinwhistle, poetry, stagecraft and his magnificent baritone voice, Tommy has been mesmerizing audiences for more than four decades. He has expanded and reshaped the boundaries of Irish culture, and infused a pride in that culture in the Irish, and a quest for knowledge of that culture in countless others."
Matt Cruse is a cabin boy aboard a luxury airship which travels across the Atlanticus and Pacificus oceans when he helps to rescue a dying sailor on a tattered hot air balloon. The man raves of cloud colored creatures who drift through the skies. When Matt meets the sailor’s bold granddaughter Kate he realizes the creatures are real, not the delusions of a dying man. From there the excitement builds like an Indian Jones adventure. Kate’s voyage to discover the origins of the mysterious creatures is interrupted by a pirate crew that forces the airship to land on a desert island. And the adventures are just beginning…
If you don’t do audio books, make sure to read the book, then share it with a friend.