Archive for July, 2010


No, I’m not talking about the slumlord from Animal Crossing. (Seriously that tanuki takes advantage of the fact you have nowhere else to go and charges an obscene amount of bells for a shanty.)

What I am talking about is the new Nook e-reader I just got and am completely in love with. Months ago I went over the shelf limit for books in my apartment again and they just kept piling up. That combined with the fact I had a book shipped to me two day express because it wasn’t available in any bookstores nearby and it felt like a little bit of a book emergency meant it was time to admit something had to be done. Also I really wanted a new toy. I chose the nook over the kindle based solely on the fact that the nook supports e-pub files from any source. It wasn’t even worth it for me to compare ease of use or anything else because I wasn’t going to be buying a Kindle which only supports the exclusive Amazon format for e-books. Everything else they say about books being easy to read and the e-ink screens is completely true etc. etc. So I won’t bore you with that. For my first book I started The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo written by Stieg Larsson, 1st of the millennium trilogy. Everyone is talking about the millennium trilogy these days and after getting two recommendations on it in one day I decided it was time to listen to what the universe was telling me and get the book already.

Its actually been a pretty literary weekend around here. On a whim on Saturday I finally went to the Rosenbach museum. The tour of the house really didn’t interest me much; I was in it for the collection of rare books at the end and the Maurice Sendak exhibit. Unfortunately you cant really see much of the books, being locked behind glass cases but it is a very impressive collection. I also learned something very interesting – in the past when it was only possible for the wealthy to buy books, they would have their books rebound so that they all looked the same and matched their decor. So when you see a historical movie and all the books on the shelves in the background look the same, that isn’t cheapness in the production budget, they are being historically accurate. Ok, maybe they are being a little cheap as well. haha. The highlight of my trip though was the poster I got in the gift shop. Check out the awesomeness.

A poster illustrated by Sendak himself for an exhibit of his work at the Rosenbach museum and Please Touch museum featuring a wild thing as the William Penn statue on top of city hall. I also got a copy of the Nutcracker illustrated by Sendak. Not many people know this, but he did the set designs and costumes for The Nutcracker the Motion Picture made in the 80s, which has always occupied a very special place in my heart. Of course the place in my heart that version of the Nutcracker occupies is right next to the scary, trippy, stopwatch animation The Nutcracker Fantasy, but The Nutcracker Fantasy is a whole post in and of itself and I don’t want to have nightmares tonight.