Saturday, June 22, 2013

Gliding Over the World of Literature – Issue 8

Hello everyone, I would like to officially welcome you all for the eight issue of Gliding Over the World of Literature, and as is the custom at this point, we have three new interesting stories from around the web revolving around the world of books.

These include a peculiar display at the Rosenbach Museum, the erection of a special Moroccan museum for the Little Prince aviator, and an interesting look at how Stephen King is adapting himself to life on Reddit.

The Doppleganger

The Bay Psalm Book written in 1640 is arguably one of the rarest and most famous books to be printed in America, with there only being a total of eleven copies remaining in circulation, and as luck would have it, two of them are going on a tour to rake in some money for The Old South Church down in Boston. They are going to be displayed side-by-side at the Rosenbach Museum, it’s going to be free, and you’ll actually be able to list it yourself.

Rosenbach Museum To Show Very Rare Book Right Next To Very Rare Book Just Like It

"The Bay Psalm Book of 1640 is literally going on a book tour. It is one of the 11 remaining copies of the first book ever printed in America, and like all the best American things, it’s for sale. The Old South Church up in Boston owns two copies and is selling one of them “to finance maintenance of its building and to expand programs” or maybe to pay its bar tab, who knows. The point is, they are sending the book on tour to gin up some excitement.

And who wouldn’t be excited looking at two pages of an opened book in a thick glass case? Rosenbach Museum Visitors, that’s who. “One book? open to two pages? You expect me to take time out of my busy day for that?” Well, no they do not. You see, the Rosenbach actually has its own copy of the book, and will be displaying it side by side with the OSC copy. “Well, two books, side by side? Why didn’t you say so? Now you got my attention, boychick! When and where can I get a gan

Read full article: - Rosenbach Museum To Show Very Rare Book Right Next To Very Rare Book Just Like It

The Man Behind the Prince

Antoine Saint-Exupery is arguably the most famous author in the world for his deceptively mature chef d’oeuvre, Little Prince. Translated into God knows how many languages, the book marked billions of people across generations in different ways, and so it seems that opening a museum for Saint-Exupery was a bit overdue, but nevertheless, it happened in Tarfaya, Morocco, where the author spent a total of eighteen months in isolation. One of the great highlights of the museum is Saint-Exupery’s life detailed on the walls, from his birth all the way to his mysterious death.
Moroccan desert museum for Little Prince aviator

"TARFAYA, Morocco: Battling the wind in his biplane, a French pilot landed on a sandy Moroccan airstrip. Nearly 90 years on, a museum honors his stay and the world-renowned book it inspired.“Antoine de Saint-Exupery the writer was partly born here, in Tarfaya, where he spent two years as station manager of Aeropostale,” says Sadat Shaibat Mrabihrabou. “It’s here that he began writing his books,” he says, “under the stars.”

Saint-Exupery is a name inseparable from “The Little Prince.” First published almost 70 years ago, the pilot’s book is a series of self-illustrated parables in which a boy prince from a tiny asteroid recounts his adventures among the stars to a pilot who has crash landed in the desert.

Flying a Breguet 14 biplane, Saint-Exupery was a pioneer aviator posted to Tarfaya in 1927, a wind-swept outpost that served as an important refueling station for the Aeropostale aviation company, linking France to its African colonies.

Read full article: The Daily Star - Moroccan desert museum for Little Prince aviator

Saint-Exupery died mysteriously in 1944, during a reconnaissance mission in the Mediterranean.

Stephen King Opens up to the World

Reddit is a website that has gained an immense following ever since it went online, being something akin to the most expansive forum on the internet combined with certain characteristics of a blog where anyone can post about anything.

Naturally, ever since Stephen King created his profile many have been following it, and not without reason; we can learn plenty of fun and interesting factoids about what’s happening in his head. For instance, we now know for sure that he would like to have re-written some of his earlier books now that he quite abusing substances, and he doesn’t like Led Zeppelin.

14 Things We Learned From Stephen King’s Reddit AMA

"Last night, everyone’s favorite multitasking, hyper-prolific author/producer/actor/director/screenwriter Stephen King joined the folks over at Reddit for an AMA (Ask Me Anything) in support of his new series Under the Dome – and, ostensibly, also in support of his just-released novel Joyland. After the jump, 14 things we learned about the contemporary legend from the session. Food for thought while you read: where do you suppose he is in that picture?"

Read full article: Flavorwire - 14 Things We Learned From Stephen King’s Reddit AMA

And so as usual, the world of literature has plenty of interesting, inspiring and even entertaining factoids for us to learn. I mean, we learned about a very peculiar type of book display that happens once in a blue moon, about how one of the world’s most celebrated authors is finally getting his due (in a certain sense at least), and how technology can help people open themselves up to the world. See you all on the next

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