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How Famous Creatives Spent Their Days: INFOGRAPHIC

murakamiHave you ever wondered how much time Les Miserables author Victor Hugo spent sleeping? Or how many hours 1Q84 author Haruki Murakami devotes to writing?

Podio has created an infographic called, “The Daily Routines of Famous Creative People.” The image (embedded below) shows the day-to-day schedules of 26 famous creative professionals including Lolita author Vladimir Nabokov, Slaughterhouse-Five author Kurt Vonnegut, and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings author Maya Angelou.

Here’s more from The Huffington Post: “Whether we’re working on our latest novels, paintings or compositions and stuck in ruts, or we’re novices to the creative workspace entirely, we can all benefit from seeing how Charles Dickens, Pablo Picasso, and Mozart spent their days — even if it is just for fun.”

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‘Edgar Allan Poe: Terror of the Soul’ On View at The Morgan Library

1459211_10152077816191183_2052034360_nThe Morgan Library has organized an exhibit called “Edgar Allan Poe: Terror of the Soul.” The organizers collected almost one hundred items for this display. Visitors will see manuscripts, letters, and literary criticism articles.

In addition to Poe’s own works, this exhibit also explores Poe’s role as an inspiration to other writers including Charles Dickens, Stéphane Mallarmé, and Vladimir Nabokov. A closing date has been set for January 26, 2014. Follow this link to download free eBooks by Poe.

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The Top of the Top Books Lists

One reader created a massive chart collecting and comparing the top 100 books mentioned across eleven different top 100 lists. Joseph HellerVladimir Nabokov and  F. Scott Fitzgerald led the rankings, appearing on ten out of the eleven lists.

You can explore the complete list at the Scribd link embedded below (along with how many times the individual books appeared on the eleven different lists). Below, we’ve also linked to free samples of the top ten books on this list. Check it out:

This post linked to 10+ “Top 100″ book lists from sources such as TIME magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Modern Library, etc. They were all in such different formats, and such different ways of being presented that I wanted to amalgamate all of these into one master “list” in order to compare them (thirteen lists in total since I also added in the first 100 of the Reddit’s 200 favorite books). I have since thrown this into a pdf file on Scribd if anyone is interested. My next step was to compare each of these and see what books are most recommended in top lists … I made one giant list that combined 11 “Top 100″ Book Lists.

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How To Write About Nature

Can you name all the trees, flowers and birds around you? According to legend, the great novelist Vladimir Nabokov once met a Cornell University who asked Nabokov for writing advice. The writing student received this curt reply:

Nabokov looks up from his reading he points to a tree outside his office window. ‘What kind of tree is that?’ he asks the student. ‘What?’ ‘What is the name of that tree?’ asks Nabokov. ‘The one outside my window.’ ‘I don’t know,’says the student. ‘You’ll never be a writer.’ says Nabokov.”

Debut novelist Brian Kimberling published Snapper this week, a novel drawn from his own experience as  a bird researcher. His book is filled with careful and unexpected descriptions of nature, so we caught up with Kimberling for some nature writing advice…

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Ernest Hemingway Photo Wins Paris Review Photoshop Contest

Jack Around has won the beach towel Photoshop contest at The Paris Review. The image embedded on the side showcases “Ernest Hemingway,” the winning photograph.

The winner edited six photos for the contest. The pictures feature highly prolific writers such as George Orwell, Sir Salman Rushdie and Vladimir Nabokov.

Here’s more from the announcement: “The entries were truly staggering in their creativity and execution … Like I said, this wasn’t easy—but we were not going to argue with a man pointing a gun at us.”

Garth Risk Hallberg Offers 7 Ways to Kindle-Proof Your Manuscript

How many books an you read that could never have an eBook edition? Over at The Millions, author Garth Risk Hallberg offered seven ways to “Kindle-proof” your manuscript.

Some of the simpler ways include using color, adding illustrations, and playing with typeface. Ten titles that Hallberg lists which employ these methods include The Original of Laura by Vladimir Nabokov and Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.

The fourth step recommends that you “run with scissors.” Here’s more from Hallberg’s piece: “The opening story of John Barth‘s Lost in the Funhouse, famously invites readers to take scissors to it and create a Mobius strip. This cut-up aesthetic is more literal in Jonathan Safran Foer‘s Tree of Codes, which slices and dices the pages of Bruno Schulz‘s Street of Crocodiles to create pages like lace. It’s a piece of found prose-poetry whose sentences change as you turn the page. Except on the Kindle, where it doesn’t – and couldn’t – exist.”

Authors Who Doodled

Flavorpill has collected the doodles of famous authors, including Sylvia Plath, David Foster Wallace, Vladimir Nabokov, Franz Kafka, Samuel Beckett, Allen Ginsberg, Mark Twain, Henry Miller, Kurt Vonnegut, and Jorge Luis Borges.

The drawings ranged from insect portraits to nightmare images. Wallace drew one of the funnier pieces, doodling glasses and fangs on a photo of Cormac McCarthy.

Vonnegut (pictured with his artwork, via) incorporated many of his drawings into his books. He even had his own art gallery exhibitions. What author should illustrate their next book?

How To Turn Your Book into a Handbag

Last week, Jacket Copy spotted actress Natalie Portman carrying a purse that looked like Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. Why let the movie stars have all the fun–turn your favorite book into a handbag.

If you want to make a purse out of your favorite book, just follow the directions in the video embedded above from the artsy-craftsy Curbly Video Podcast.

Here’s more from our sibling blog, Social Times: “I came across the Curbly Video Podcast on YouTube while doing research for my post on Gift-Giving YouTube Style over the holiday season.  The Curbly Podcast has got all sorts of great DIY videos.  Learn how to make a picture frame from a circuit board, how to hand-paint fleece and, my favorite, how to make a handbag out of an old book.”

Vladimir Nabokov’s Love Letters to be Published

Novelist Vladimir Nabokov sent his wife Vera Nabokov hundreds of love letters throughout their 52-year marriage. 300 of those letters will be published in Letters to Vera next year. UPDATE: Alfred A. Knopf will publish the letters.

A Thaindian News article quoted the couple’s son, Dimitry Nabokov: “I’ve been planning to release these notes for a long time, not only because they are written beautifully and are a pre-eminent epitome of Nabokov’s prose, but also because they allow us to take a closer look at the relationship between two remarkably fine and talented people.”

The RT.com video embedded above provides a glimpse of the letters. Dimitry explained that his mother’s letters will not be included in the book out of respect to her private nature.  (Via Huffington Post)

Publishing Executive Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Has Died

haroldmcgrawjr.jpgHarold W. McGraw, Jr., chairman emeritus and former CEO of the McGraw-Hill Companies, has passed away at 92-years-old.

McGraw began his career at his grandfather’s company as a sales rep. During his tenure at the helm of the company, McGraw-Hill published authors that included Vladimir Nabokov and Marshall McLuhan. At Princeton University (his his alma mater) McGraw endowed the The Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Center for Teaching and Learning , funded the editing of Albert Einstein‘s papers, and established the McGraw Distinguished Visiting Professors writing course.

Here’s more from the company: “As CEO of McGraw-Hill, he was always closely connected with employees, sending them hand-written notes, walking the corridors, and eating lunch in the company cafeteria. He advised employees to ‘make sure you get in a job you really enjoy, for doing worthwhile work for a worthwhile mission ought to be exciting and fun.’”

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