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NYPL Library Shop Features ‘Book Pickings’ Window Display

The New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building library shop currently features a “Book Pickings” window display. Brain Pickings blogger Maria Popova curated the display.

Popova enlisted artist Kelli Anderson to create 3-D sculptures of several beloved books. Some of the books spotlighted in this display include George Orwell’s Why I WriteAndrew Zuckerman’s Creature, and Maira Kalman’s What Pete Ate From A-Z.

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Free eBooks by Virginia Woolf

The great author Virginia Woolf drowned 72 years ago today. To remember her literary legacy, we’ve rounded up four free Woolf books for your Kindle, iPad or other eReader–follow the links below to download. You can find the rest of her books at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Over at Brain Pickings, Maria Popova has collected condolence letters from other authors and linked to Patti Smith‘s tribute to Woolf. Here’s an excerpt from the letters post:

On March 28, 1941, at the gruesome onset of WWII, Virginia Woolf filled the pockets of her overcoat with rocks, treaded into the River Ouse behind the house in East Sussex where she lived with her husband Leonard, and drowned herself. She had succumbed to a relapse of the all-consuming depression she had narrowly escaped in her youth. Once news of her death broke, an outpour of condolence letters captured the enormous collective grief, mourning at once the deeply personal emptiness left behind by a remarkable woman and a loyal friend, and the severe cultural loss of a brilliant mind and a transcendent artist.

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Play the Literary Jukebox

Brain Pickings writer Maria Popova has created the Literary Jukebox, sharing a song and a related quote every day.

Check it out: “As a lover of both literature and music, I frequently find myself immersed in a passage, with a conceptually related song beginning to play in my mind’s ear. I recently started making such matches more consciously and was quickly drawn into a highly addictive exercise in creative intersections and associations. So I decided to make a little side project out of it. Enter Literary Jukebox, a minimalist site where I match a passage from a favorite book with a thematically related song each day.”

Josh Boston designed the logo and Debbie Millman helped inspire the project. If you are looking for more music and literary inspiration, explore our Spotify Playlists for writers below…

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Create Your Own Stereogran at NYPL

ANAGLYPH made with the NYPL Labs Stereogranimator - view more at http://stereo.nypl.org/gallery/indexLooking for some afternoon entertainment? Over at the New York Public Labs, you can build your own 3D or moving image–turning 19th Century Stereograns into fun digital images.

After Maria Popova at Brainpickings introduced the new tool, this GalleyCat editor made a rushing waterfall GIF and a 3D waterfall (embedded on the right).

Oliver Wendell Holmes explained the tool back in 1859: “We have now obtained the doubleeyed or twin pictures, or Stereograph, if we may coin a name. But the pictures are two, and we want to slide them into each other, so to speak, as in natural vision, that we may see them as one. How shall we make one picture out of two, the corresponding parts of which are separated by a distance of two or three inches?”