The colors of your favourite books

May 7, 2013 § Leave a comment

A book: a world full of images, flavors and …colors. Can you really imagine the colors of your favorite novels? Jaz Parkinson has created color charts for different classic works of literature to visually represent the novels’ colorful worlds, building mini rainbows that correspond to the most prominent colors of each work.

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And the Oscar goes to …

November 28, 2012 § Leave a comment

We are in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars

or

I can resist everything but temptation.

One of the wittiest spirit of literature is also the most quoted. The Guardian gathered Oscar Wilde’s top 50 epigrams in just one infographic:

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The usual suspects

October 23, 2012 § Leave a comment

Are you familiar with law enforcement composite sketch software? You know, the software the police uses to create portraits of suspects based on eye-witness descriptions? Well, Brian Joseph Davis had the brilliant idea of using such software with literary descriptions of book characters. Some of the most iconic protagonists are there, from Jesus to Humbert Humbert, and from Jane Eyre to Holly Golightly.

Daisy Buchanan

Daisy Buchanan, The Great Gatsby

A casting director’s dream, right?

Captain Ahab

Captain Ahab, Moby Dick

Unfortunately The Composites tumblr is closing down (but a book is coming out). Just my luck to discover something fun once it is about to end…

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Fictitious dishes from classic novels

July 24, 2012 § 3 Comments

How would you imagine Oliver Twist’s breakfast of gruel and water or Alice in Wonderland’s afternoon tea served? Dinah Fried in her photographic series entitled Fictitious Dishes decided to capture the meals of five fictional characters – Oliver Twist, The Catcher in the Rye, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo and Moby Dick.

Moby Dick

By changing the table dressings, condiments, crockery and cutlery, the culinary snapshots are turned into fascinating literary set pieces.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

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Alice in the Subway

June 26, 2012 § Leave a comment

Would you imagine Alice taking the subway to wander around Wonderland? Perhaps not, but this transit map identifies the key locations of Lewis Carroll’s inspiration.

Well, if you don’t know where you want to get to, it doesn’t matter which way you go as the Cat would say…

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Finnegan woke up and got illustrated

March 16, 2012 § Leave a comment

To read James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake, is quite an experience; I cannot even imagine how could anybody try to illustrate its world of dreams and illusion.

In February of 2010, Paris-based designer and illustrator Stephen Crowe decided to undertake this task; to illustrate chapter by chapter one of the most difficult works of fiction in the English language. The result is an ongoing project entitled Wake in Progress, in which different techniques and design styles are mixed together.

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In March read the books you’ve always meant to read

March 1, 2012 § Leave a comment

Always desirable, even if it comes from a vintage poster. From Works Progress Administration project of President Roosevelt’s effort to elevate the nation from the grip of The Great Depression in 1935.

Make this promise to yourself this March.

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