Things we found interesting and hope you will too! This week: rediscover Ursula K. LeGuin with some new editions, learn even more about T.S. Eliot - the poet you always pretended to understand but probably didn't, cook up a surreal Thanksgiving dinner, and maybe make writing fun again.
Things we enjoyed this week and maybe you will too? The Neverending Story, Shakespeare illustrations, Salvador Dali & Alice in Wonderland, and a Japanese island that's also a giant art installation.
The Neverending Story: The Google doodle team keeps charming us with their creativity. The doodle for September 1 celebrated the 37th anniversary of the publication of Michael Ende’s The Neverending Story. Sophie Diao designed the doodle along with five others images, which you can see on Google's doodle archive page. We really enjoyed the vibrant colors and the creative integration of elements of the story. They're just fun and cute. Check out more of Sophie Diao’s work! For further reading on The Neverending Story, see this helpful article by The Telegraph on the impact of the novel, Michael Ende himself, and the film produced in 1984.
Shakespeare Illustrations: For the Shakespeare enthusiasts, Open Culture reports that there is now a digital archive of over 3,000 illustrations that have appeared in Victorian editions of Shakespeare's Complete Works, available at the Victorian Illustrated Shakespeare Archive. Through a search cloud, you can retrieve images for keywords such as "birds," for example, or an individual character in a play. The best part? The images on the site are free to use through a CC license! Go forth and find that illustration of Hamlet that you've always wanted!
Salvador Dali: What do you get when you cross Salvador Dali with Alice in Wonderland? A strange combination, perhaps? Yes. Maria Popova reports that Princeton Architectural Press, in celebration of the novel's 150th anniversary, has re-published the 1969 limited edition of Alice in Wonderland featuring illustrations by Salvador Dali. The illustrations offer a completely different perspective of Alice, fractured and somehow multidimensional, typical of Dali’s work. It's an interesting intersection of the 19th and 20th centuries.
Naoshima, Japan: Art is transforming this small Japanese island, quite literally, according to NPR. Previously suffering from a dwindling population, Naoshima has been revitalized into a major tourist attraction. Modern art museums, one partially underground, follow the contours of the landscape; sculptures are scattered around the island; abandoned houses have been converted into permanent art installations. You can even stay there! For more information and images of this incredible place, check out the Benesse site.