Another week, another set of links. It’s hot here. Is it hot where you are? I’m afraid to go outside lest I melt.
Today in neat stuff that would be cool if it didn’t cost a gajillion dollars, we have this (it really is cool).
I am a sucker for lists, and the Library of Congress has released a list of 88 books that shaped America. Why 88? I have no idea. It’s a decent list, though and includes children’s and adult literature.
This is a really cool project to try and save endangered languages. I love languages, even if I only speak English and the merest touch of French. Language history always fascinates me, and it would be sad to see so much of it lost.
Books with tiny paintings embedded in the covers. I had no idea this existed, but I’m down with it.
Speaking of awesome things I didn’t know about. Apparently, art & poetry used to be part of the Olympics. As in, medals were awarded. Can we bring that back?
This week, I’m hitting all my personal book-nerd bases. I love maps and atlases. Recently, the oldest known atlas of the Americas was recovered.
When in graduate school, I took an excellent class on African literature where I learned more than in all my teaching classes combined (though that was a low bar to clear). In any case, I’ve had an interest in African literature ever since, even if I do find some of it extremely difficult. Search Sweet Country has just been reissued and this article makes it sound very interesting (and difficult). Might have to tackle it someday down the line.