scholarsfane:

“Gather ye rosebuds while ye may, Old Time is still a-flying; And this same flower that smiles today, Tomorrow will be dying.”
—Robert Herrick, “To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time”
[artwork by James LaSalandra]
Something Wicked This Way Comes Read Along…..who is in? This girl.
If I could give you one good reason to read @AlysonAFoster ‘s new novel God is an Astronaut this would be it. @bloomsburypub
Bookart via Brainpickings.org

bookpatrol:
Children’s Book House, Iowa City Public Library

And do we have an adult version? #obviouslyneeded
While reading skills are taught and trained, there is occasionally a misconception that understanding of texts, whether oral, written, visual or multimodal, comes naturally and does not need further attention. […] Literature uses language to communicate, and language consists of conventional semiotic signs, based on an agreement between the bearers of a particular language and culture. For anyone outside the given community, conventional signs do not carry any meaning, or at best the meaning is ambivalent. As a consequence, before we can understand a work of literature, we need to be trained in a number of conventions. On the most basic level, we must know how to read, how to make sense of letters, words and sentences - what is normally referred to as literacy. Fiction is, however, more complex than, for instance, everyday language, since it also involves figurative speech and other features and artistic devices which need special knowledge to be understood. […] the language of fiction - in a broad sense, including many layers of artistic conventions - demands a knowledge of and training in certain codes.
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"Literacy, competence and meaning-making: a human sciences approach" (June 2010, Cambridge Journal of Education), Maria Nikolajeva. (via the-library-and-step-on-it)

Can I just copy this and distribute it to EVERY FREAKING BOOK BLOGGER on the interwebz?