Friday, November 22, 2013

Bits & Bobs

I've been running across a few really interesting tidbits on my perambulations around the net lately. Wanted to share a couple that my bookish readers may also find interesting!

Here's the notes for a talk (plus bibliography) on Reading Without Spoilers -- so interesting I wish I could have attended the talk! The author discusses the importance of being able to read immersively without relying on predigested plot summaries etc -- the experience of reading is the important thing. This is on, a favourite site of mine because so many people are doing fascinating research and sharing it freely!

The National Reading Campaign (a Canadian initiative I absolutely love and been following since they began 3 years ago) has just completed a survey on Pleasure Reading. They have a lot of neat reading research available on their blog, you should check it out!

And not exactly research based, but wonderful, I came across this pattern on one of the sewing sites I frequent -- The Poetry Skirt

You can download this pattern for only
$4.00 and get right to it!
What poem would YOU embroider on a skirt? Emily Dickinson? PK Page? Wallace Stevens -- or a Stevens parody that's perfect for this use (a brilliant piece btw)


  1. Hmmm..... well, not that I would WEAR a skirt -- but -- let's say a kilt then?
    On my kilt I would have Walt Whitman's poem "Life" -- as follows:

    I celebrate myself, and sing myself,
    And what I assume you shall assume,
    For every atom belonging to me
    as good belongs to you.

  2. Great choice for your...kilt ;)
    My current choice, I think, is this one:

    It has to be spread out, the skin of this planet,
    has to be ironed, the sea in its whiteness;
    and the hands keep on moving,
    smoothing the holy surfaces.

    ~In Praise of Ironing by Pablo Neruda


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