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ATG Quirkies: How to Get Lost in Literary Maps

Wizards, Moomins and pirates: the magic and mystery of literary maps  is a recent post in The Guardian in which writers Robert Macfarlane, Frances Hardinge, and Harry Potter cartographer, Miraphora Mina unfold their favourite maps They also tell the stories behind...

ATG Quirkies: Mary Shelley’s Graveyard Inspirations

To say that Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein was a tad eccentric might be an understatement. According to this post in JSTOR Daily , she "saw love and death as connected. She visited the cemetery to commune with her dead mother. And with her lover." And that's not...

ATG Quirkies: Read Two Poems and Call Me In the Morning

Here's a post from Nautilus that will warm the hearts of English majors everywhere. It recounts how a Harvard medical student is learning to both treat and heal using poetry as part of his toolkit. Once more concerned about the biomedical aspects of healing, Danny W....

ATG Quirkies: How Many “Stories” In A Stack of Books?

According to BU Today, Boston University is planning a new, innovative "350,000-square-foot tower that will reach 20 stories and 291 feet at its full height." But the coolest thing about the new facility is its proposed design. Toronto-based KPMB Architects have come...

ATG Quirkies: The King of Crosswords: NYT in 3 Minutes

According to this post in the Chronicle of Higher Education, every night at 10 p.m. there is a Binghamton University professor who "waits for the online release of the next day’s New York Times crossword puzzle, downloads it, and typically solves it in three to 10...

ATG Quirkies: Europe’s Oldest Intact Book!

According to this news item from JSTOR daily, Europe's oldest intact book was found in a saint’s coffin!  "...This manuscript — known as the St. Cuthbert Gospel, or Stonyhurst Gospel (for Stonyhurst College where it was once held) — is the earliest surviving intact...

ATG Quirkies: Dress for Success at the Library

The New York Public Library's Riverside Branch has just introduced their NYPL "Grow Up Work Fashion Collection. New Yorkers need to look no further that the Riverside Branch Library to get some serious sartorial help for an upcoming "job interview, wedding, audition,...

ATG Quirkies: Get Smart. Get More Sleep.

Another breakthrough in education from the Ivy League! Sleep 101: Harvard Freshmen Required To Take Sleep Course Before School Begins. Evidently, it all started when student Raymond So approached the Undergraduate Council about some church bells that ring so loudly...

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