April 19th, 2013

James wants you all to watch this video of a baby elephant frolicking in the surf.

"From clinical off-greys to rich, late-afternoon yellows" — Madeline is experiencing sensory overload reading this Kenyon Review piece about Erica Baum’s Dog Ear, a book of photographs of marked pages.

Now for some elegant, yet NSFW, Kama Sutra alphabet letters. You can always count on Henry to provide some titillating typography.

Gabrielle loved this Scientific American article on print vs. screen reading, especially this bit: “Understanding how reading on paper is different from reading on screens requires some explanation of how the brain interprets written language. We often think of reading as a cerebral activity concerned with the abstract—with thoughts and ideas, tone and themes, metaphors and motifs. As far as our brains are concerned, however, text is a tangible part of the physical world we inhabit. In fact, the brain essentially regards letters as physical objects because it does not really have another way of understanding them.”

Russell Brand on Margaret Thatcher: “I always felt sorry for her children.” Peter is reading Brand’s surprisingly moving elegy for Thatcher in the Guardian.

Darin is reading February House, an entertaining cultural and social history about a period just prior to World War II when Carson McCullers, W.H. Auden, Benjamin Brittan and Gypsy Rose Lee all shared a rented house in Brooklyn Heights. It also includes cameo appearances by Paul and Jane Bowles, and two of Thomas Mann’s children, Erika and Klaus. Also, last night, Darin saw “The Nance,” starring Nathan Lane at Lyceum Theater, which he highly recommends.

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