Just a little quickie today, a few links to make you say “hmm.”

  • Something to watch for during Banned Books Week (Sept. 30 – Oct. 6).
    Fiction writer and editor Corey Michael Dalton will be building a “prison” out of banned books and then living inside them. The project will be at the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library in Indianapolis, Indiana. Dalton’s motive for the project is to protest the way Vonnegut’s book Slaughterhouse-Five was treated by a Midwestern school district which first banned it completely and now requires parental permission for the book to be borrowed.
  • Have you ever heard of the Jardin de la Connaissance in Quebec, Canada? I hadn’t either. It is a garden of decaying books – intentional – designed to slowly rot and become part of the forest in which they sit. There are critters inhabiting the books, mushrooms growing from some of them, and the designers just introduced moss hoping it will find the books hospitable and help speed up the decaying process. Check it out, there are pictures.
  • Have you ever thought about writing a Wikipedia article? I’ve thought about it but never got beyond that because, what would I write it about? Well, apparently it isn’t as hard to do as I imagined. How to Write a Wikipedia Article (it’s easy) has gotten me thinking about it. There is probably much that can be written about that falls into the realm of books. Now to find the time to to figure out some topics, do the research, and write (or contribute to) the article.

Off to do some reading and relaxing. We had a library outreach table at an incoming student event today and I’m all worn out from being friendly and social. You know how it goes. I need quiet and calm to recover my balance.