Underground Library May Give Bibliophiles and “Avatar: The Last Airbender” Fans Boners (via Book Riot)
To be fair, this library isn’t in the middle of the desert and it isn’t run by Wan Shi Tong or organized by foxes, but it is underground. Located in the Netherlands, the Delt Technical Library was rebuilt below ground after the original library was lost in a fire. The gorgeous front desk is made up of books saved from that fire and a giant skylight filters natural light from above. Just don’t leave your sky bison parked outside. Those sandbenders have sticky fingers.
33 Creative Bookshelves You Probably Can’t Buy (via Bored Panda)
The website Bored Panda is known for finding and compiling intriguing products from around the web, and this post devoted to bookshelves is no less impressive. From floating shelves that defy gravity to ones that spell out words and phrases, BP has you covered! There are even shelves with built in seats that are two pieces of furniture in one. Sadly, some of them are merely concept items not available for purchase but they’re eye porn nonetheless. See all 33 shelves on Bored Panda’s website.
Wolverine Dances Gangnam Style For No Discernible Reason (via Geekologie)
What happens when living internet meme PSY visits the set of The Wolverine? He does a silly pony dance with star Hugh Jackman of course! As if we weren’t frightened of this film enough, now we’re left wondering if PSY will have a cameo in the film. Continuity obviously isn’t a factor considering how Emma Frost is both the same age as Scott Summers and Professor Xavier, but we’re still concerned. We’re also wondering if Wolverine is making ends meet as a chef. What are those pants!?!
Gotta Buy Them All: Book Purses! (via The Mary Sue)
Quick, we need to borrow a bunch of cash and an excuse to own multiple book purses! Do you really need a reason to own a collection of book purses? Probably not. Designed by and sold through the Etsy shop Novel Creations, these hardcover carry-alls are the perfect literary accessory. We don’t even mind that most of them are made from the Barnes and Noble Leatherbound Classic Series. Let’s be honest, even if that company crushed the spirit of one of our contributors, those books are gorgeous!
Stephen Colbert May or May Not Have a Cameo in “The Hobbit” (via I Watch Stuff)
We want to trust you Stephen, we really do, but you make it so damn hard! We don’t want to get overly excited for nothing so we’re going to assume that your statement to Playboy that you “could be” in The Hobbit is just a cruel joke to break our hearts. Still, it’s pretty cool that Peter Jackson invited you to New Zealand and let you watch 25 minutes of the film in advance. And that you’ve rubbed Stings with Elijah Wood (not a euphemism). Let’s ride an oliphaunt off into the sunset together.
Douglas Adam Talks About So Long and Thanks For All the Fish Circa 1985 (via Topless Robot)
Who would have thought Douglas Adams promoted So Long and Thanks For All the Fish on “Late Night With David Letterman” over two decades ago. We certainly didn’t, which is why we love this 1985 gem (albeit a grainy staticky gem) of Douglas Adams in a hilarious rainbow tie talking to a young Letterman about a case of mistaken cookies. Or if you’re British, biscuits. Bonus: Letterman wishes him good luck with the upcoming film. Oh dear.
The Taming of the Brews: The Best of Twitter’s #LiteraryBars (via Book Riot)
Sometimes Twitter hashtags are actually amusing, and when they use proper grammar- well, that’s a bonus. One such tag is #LiteraryBars which pairs literature with alcohol. Two of our favorite things! Other favorite mash-ups include Last of the Mojitos, A Sidecar Named Desire, Remembrance of Things Pabst, 1oo Beers of Solitude, and Tequila Mockingbird. Now to read the books and drink the drinks simultaneously. Yeah, nothing could possibly go wrong there.
Coraline Read by Neil Gaiman and His Literary Friends (via Mr. Bobo’s Remarkable Mouse Circus)
How is it already the ten year anniversary of Coraline? Don’t answer that, it’s a rhetorical question. Joined by other authors like Lemony Snicket, Lauren Oliver, Cassandra Clare, R.L. Stine and Holly Black, Coraline will be read chapter by chapter week by week for your enjoyment and/or discomfort. We’re most excited to see camera-shy Lemony Snicket (Daniel Handler) get in front of the camera and read chapter two, although we’re equally interested to see if he’ll be appearing at all. Chapter one is available now!