1. Hector and the Search for Happiness

    My memory of the book may not be accurate, but Hector seemed to have a less happy-go-lucky search for happiness and his relationships were a lot more strained than this trailer would lead you to believe, but that’s the movies.

    I’ll see it.

    I uploaded my 2011 playlist for the novel it’s based on to 8tracks. Check it out.


  2. The terminal seems busy for a weekday. A crowd mills around the conveyor belt: a sunburned family in flip-flops; several imparient men in suits; two baby-faced soldiers in desert camouflage; a woman shouting Spanish into a cell phone. Where, Dolly wonders, is everyone going? Years ago people stayed put: you found a job and kept it, bought a house and kept it. There were meals to cook and children to raise, and in this way, years passed. Those who did otherwise-the unsavory characters, the criminals and misfits-were easy to spot, back when men got regular haircuts and shaved daily. Now they seem to be everywhere.

    From Sublimation by Jennifer Haigh (this year’s selection for One City One Story)

  3. Novel Songs turned 4 today!
I hope to have plans for podcasts in the works, so stay tuned for more shows. The unfortunately titled “Shades of Grey" is in the queue.

    Novel Songs turned 4 today!

    I hope to have plans for podcasts in the works, so stay tuned for more shows. The unfortunately titled “Shades of Grey" is in the queue.


  4. It was a problem that was becoming increasingly common. Distribution of synthetic hue was strictly controlled by National Color and could be earned only in a single way: by the collection of scrap color for recycling into raw pigment. It was said that a ton of red tosh might yield about a gallon of univisual pigment—enough to keep three hundred roses at full color for six months or, at halfhue, a year. Some villages spent their every light-hour collecting scrap color, even to the detriment of basic food production. Color, and the enjoyment thereof, was everything.

    Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde

  5. Your literary playlist: A guide to the music of Haruki Murakami
The popular author’s latest novel, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, carries on a long tradition of pointed musical references

    Your literary playlist: A guide to the music of Haruki Murakami

    The popular author’s latest novel, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, carries on a long tradition of pointed musical references

  6. Already?” grunted my father when I nudged him awake. He got up, pulled our bags from the luggage rack and laid them in the corridor before turning to me. “Eddie, how long have we been father and son?”“As long as I can remember.

    from Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde

    • nationalbook:

50 BookBench sculptures have been installed throughout London, in conjunction with a study from the National Literacy Trust that shows the number of young people who enjoy reading is on the rise.
(Via The Bookseller)
    • nationalbook:

50 BookBench sculptures have been installed throughout London, in conjunction with a study from the National Literacy Trust that shows the number of young people who enjoy reading is on the rise.
(Via The Bookseller)
    • nationalbook:

50 BookBench sculptures have been installed throughout London, in conjunction with a study from the National Literacy Trust that shows the number of young people who enjoy reading is on the rise.
(Via The Bookseller)
    • nationalbook:

50 BookBench sculptures have been installed throughout London, in conjunction with a study from the National Literacy Trust that shows the number of young people who enjoy reading is on the rise.
(Via The Bookseller)
    • nationalbook:

50 BookBench sculptures have been installed throughout London, in conjunction with a study from the National Literacy Trust that shows the number of young people who enjoy reading is on the rise.
(Via The Bookseller)
    • nationalbook:

50 BookBench sculptures have been installed throughout London, in conjunction with a study from the National Literacy Trust that shows the number of young people who enjoy reading is on the rise.
(Via The Bookseller)
    • nationalbook:

50 BookBench sculptures have been installed throughout London, in conjunction with a study from the National Literacy Trust that shows the number of young people who enjoy reading is on the rise.
(Via The Bookseller)
    • nationalbook:

50 BookBench sculptures have been installed throughout London, in conjunction with a study from the National Literacy Trust that shows the number of young people who enjoy reading is on the rise.
(Via The Bookseller)
    • nationalbook:

50 BookBench sculptures have been installed throughout London, in conjunction with a study from the National Literacy Trust that shows the number of young people who enjoy reading is on the rise.
(Via The Bookseller)
    • nationalbook:

50 BookBench sculptures have been installed throughout London, in conjunction with a study from the National Literacy Trust that shows the number of young people who enjoy reading is on the rise.
(Via The Bookseller)

    nationalbook:

    50 BookBench sculptures have been installed throughout London, in conjunction with a study from the National Literacy Trust that shows the number of young people who enjoy reading is on the rise.

    (Via The Bookseller)


    • oldfilmsflicker:

Happy Bloomsday!
    • oldfilmsflicker:

Happy Bloomsday!
    • oldfilmsflicker:

Happy Bloomsday!
    • oldfilmsflicker:

Happy Bloomsday!

    oldfilmsflicker:

    Happy Bloomsday!


  7. Home may be where the heart is but it’s no place to spend Wednesday afternoon.


    • Home Again

    • By Michael Kiwanuka

    literaryjukebox:

    You only are free when you realize you belong no place — you belong every place — no place at all.

    Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928–May 28, 2014) in Conversations with Maya Angelou.

    Song: “Home Again” by Michael Kiwanuka

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