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‘Bartleby, the Scrivener’ Reading at Occupy Wall Street

Yesterday, 27 readers and Occupy Wall Street supporters staged an outdoor reading of Bartleby, the Scrivener by Herman Melville at Zuccotti Park. Follow this link to download a free eBook copy of the novella.

The free event was organized by the Housing Works Bookstore Cafe events staff, McNally Jackson’s Sam MacLaughlin and The Gospel of Anarchy author Justin Taylor. According to Housing Works’ director of public programming Amanda Bullock, Bartleby‘s story resonates quite well with the mission of the OWS protest because it’s set on Wall Street, talks about passive resistance and “question[s] the assumed hierarchy.”

In an email, Taylor further explained why he chose Bartleby: “I want to evoke the long history of refusal that informs and enlivens OWS. Some in the movement may already have a vivid sense of that history, others may be getting involved in politics (or outing themselves as progressives) for the first time in their lives, but in any case I think it’s healthy to be reminded that the first step toward building a better world is asserting that the present state of affairs is intolerable and cannot be allowed to continue.”

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Gallery of Elaborate Literary Tattoos

Buzzfeed compiled a list of 20 bibliophile fans and their “20 Awesome Literary Tattoos.”

The list features people who have acquired highly elaborate tattoos paying homage to titles such as Breakfast of Champions by Kurt VonnegutFahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, and Magical Thinking by Augusten Burroughs.

According to an interview we did with tattoolit bloggers Justin Taylor and Eva Talmadge, authors Kurt Vonnegute.e. cummings, and William Shakespeare enjoy great popularity amongst tattooed readers.

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Kurt Vonnegut, e.e. cummings & Shel Silverstein Are Most Popular Literary Tattoo Inspirations

Twilight tattoos are not the only contenders on the literary tattoo playing field. Novelist Justin Taylor and literary agent Eva Talmadge collaborated on a nonfiction compilation of literary tattoos based on their blog, tattoolit.com.

The Word Made Flesh: Literary Tattoos from Bookworms Worldwide came out this week from Harper Perennial and the trailer is embedded above. We caught up with the authors to talk about how the book came to be.

E = Eva Talmadge
J = Justin Taylor

Q: From your experience, which book/author receives the most tattoo requests?
E: Kurt Vonnegut and e.e. cummings are probably the most popular authors when it comes to literary tattoos.
J: And of course, if we had wanted to we could have done an entire book of just Shakespeare.

Q: Which children’s book illustrations are most popular?
E: Shel Silverstein, by far.

Q: What was the most interesting “story” behind a tattoo?
E: Best story by far is how Jamie Garvey of Gainesville, Florida, came to copy his e.e. cummings tattoo (“how do you like your blue-eyed boy now, mr. death?”) off the one and only Harry Crews.

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Collecting Literary Tattoos

booktattoo.jpgReaders around the world have references, illustrations, and quotes from their favorite books tattooed on their bodies, and a new collection will create an imaginary library of literary tattoos.

According to the LA Times, bloggers Justin Taylor and Eva Talmadge from HTMLGiant are looking for submissions for a literary tattoo collection. Readers can submit a high-quality photo, including their name, city, state or country, and citation for the literary source. As a side note, this GalleyCat editor has always wondered when dedicated readers will tattoo QR code links to e-books on their bodies.

Here’s more from the article: “We’d also like to read a few words about the tattoo’s meaning to you — why you chose it, when you first read that poem or book, or how its meaning has evolved over time. How much (or how little) you choose to say about your tattoo is up to you, but a paragraph or two should do the trick. Please send clear digital images of the highest print quality possible to tattoolit@gmail.com.” (Photo via)