Would you like to see a book being made in under two minutes? Check out this great video which shows a book being assembled via traditional printing methods. What I love most about this video is the amount of human interaction with the books as the process unfolds. This is definitely one of the cooler things I’ve seen this week. Enjoy!
The much anticipated film The Hunger Games has finally been released, and it looks as if it is a huge success! The movie is, of course, based off of Suzanne Collins’ popular novel by the same name. I didn’t make it for opening night, but I caught a showing a couple days later and I admit that I am quite impressed with how accurate the film is! It followed the novel closely and used a lot of the dialogue straight from the book! My one complaint is that as the books are all told from the point of view of the lead character Katniss Everdeen, a lot of the electric emotion from the novel just simply does not translate to the big screen. What do you think?
I have continued in my perusal of Haruki Murakami’s novel A Wild Sheep Chase and have been continuously trying to put my finger on what Murakami’s writing style reminds me of. From my point of view, the novel reads with the familiar, romantic, and artsy suspense that often comes with watching a good Japanese anime. In fact, in my imagination the lead character of the book is imagined in a very Spike Spiegel-esque fashion (for those who don’t know, Spike Spiegel is the lead character from the popular anime Cowboy Bebop) – complete with the lanky figure, dramatic personage, and the broken cigarette dangling from his moody lips. So far, I love the dark drama of this book – I think it’s safe to say that I am officially hooked!
When Haruki Murakami’s novel 1Q40 was finally released in English last year, a general uproar ensued. Murakami has long been viewed as one of the great contemporary novelists of our time and, well, those of us who can’t read Japanese had been waiting for a while to finally get our hands on the English version. I am very familiar with Murakami, but never got around to reading one of his novels until the other day, as I was browsing at a local bookstore, I came upon a three volume set of 1Q40. My hopes soared…until I saw the hefty price of $50 dollars taped on the back – unfortunately this is still rather out of my recent college grad price range – so I settled instead for Murakami’s novel A Wild Sheep Chase. Let me tell you, before I was even three chapters into the novel, I already fully understood what all the fuss was about! Stay tuned for a follow-up in my next blog! And in the meantime, take my word for it and pick up one of his books and check them out!
Did you ever imagine that reading classics such as Great Expectations by Charles Dickens or The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway could have a profound neurological impact on your brain? According to this fascinating article in The New York Times, there is apparently much more to reading than, well, just reading. It’s an interesting look at how our brains respond to metaphors, descriptive language, and the written word in general. Apparently reading fiction not only impacts our neurological function, but causes us to interact differently with the outside world as well! Hmmmm….who would have thought? Enjoy!