Friday, December 16, 2011

Lit Links & Scoops

Listipedia:You can find a list of 2011 Best Books Lists here

Et tu? The Communist Party in Chile has asked for the remains of the poet Pablo Neruda to be exhumed due to allegations that he may have been poisoned.

Truth: People don't make sense anymore

Truth #2: Why it's pointless for companies to block social

Book Marketing: DIY Book Trailer

A few 2012 Beauty Trends

Gimme: These flowered black nail decals from London Butter are the dopest thing I've seen in a long time.

In news that won't depress you this week: Lobsterman Jim Henry Learns to Read at 91, Writes Book at 98, and then Meet 5 Former Slaves Who Are Changing the World.

CNN lists New York City and San Juan, Puerto Rico as two of the top places to spend Christmas.

Read, Rinse, Repeat: Ryan Rivera on 7 Reasons Why You’re Not as Miserable as You Imagine

This flowchart will help you pick your next best gothic/horror read: World War Z or The Shadow of the Wind

Is it a crime to be poor? by BARBARA EHRENREICH


A great piece on the need to listen and the need for storytellers to tell their tales..."We are storytelling creatures and as long as we permit ourselves to be quiet for a while now and then, the eternal narrative will continue" In Africa, the Art of Listening

 "The genomes of modern Puerto Ricans are a mosaic of African, European and Native American sequences. On average, the genomes of Puerto Ricans contain 10–15% Native American DNA, which is
largely Taíno" via Nature.

On dating a girl who reads

Some great 2011 recap pieces:
What I Learned About the Web in 2011
This year’s top buzzword in the U.S. is ‘creative’.
2012 Social Marketing & New Media Prediction Report


Thursday, December 08, 2011

You are Invited: Atabey at Webster Hall

Don't miss your chance to see local East Harlem Alternative Rock/Post-hardcore band, Atabey, along with others on December 20, 2011, at Webster Hall in NYC.

Ticket Information here.


* Geeky fact: Atabey means "respected mother" and was worshiped as a major god of fresh water and fertility in Taino Culture.

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Lit Links & Scoops

100 Notable Books of 2011 via NY Times

I was just talking about this (like 5 different times): TheMarySue on Girls & Boys Science Kits

Sad because it's true: The 56 best/worst analogies written by high school students

Shop Till You Drop By Banksy
The Obama's went shopping on Small Business Saturday and picked up a copy of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz.

Apparrently newspaper is not just for packing: DIY Newspaper print manicure

The world's biggest insect is actually kinda cute: Giant Weta Eating a Carrot

Get your coquito on at the NYC 10th Annual Coquito Masters' Crawl Zone.

Luis Alberto Urrea, author of THE HUMMINGBIRD'S DAUGHTER, INTO THE BEAUTIFUL NORTH, and his latest book, QUEEN OF AMERICA, talks about his writing, his characters, his interesting relatives, prog-rock, and a million other things that make Urrea a truly engaging writer.

Kudos to Authors Amy Chua &  Arundhati Roy, President Dilma Rousseff, International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo, and blogger Yoani Sánchez who made the impressive 100 Top Global Thinkers List over at Foreignpolicy.com

The case of the phantom library sculptor over at NPR, where you can also sample the new Roots album.

Cinco, cinco, cinco: Teach your kids to count in any language with this ultra cute and hip interactive picture book app from Appracadabra - Count The Animals.

Side-eye: How anyone could have grown up without tostones or ever seeing A Christmas Story is besides me....

 

I Has a Sad: 

Lastly, this holiday season please be careful what you gift your cat. I came close to losing my beloved kitty after she chewed off and swallowed ALL the streamers from a dumb wand she got last year.

 
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