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Books are good for you.

Another great Threadless shirt (alas, sold out, or I’d definitely buy it!).

November 22, 2007 at 5:15 pm 1 comment

Great Shirt, Insubstantial Post

Anyone want a seriously hott library-themed shirt? Try this one (on sale for $10 through Dec. 16!):


November 20, 2007 at 3:52 pm Leave a comment

Giggling Maniacally Over Here

Just when you begin to think that the world has run out of great bookish ideas and truly awful puns, Perpetual Kid comes out with a new cutting board.

Romeo & Julienne



the all-time classic cutting board

Shakespeare was certainly on the cutting edge of theater, and now you can be, too. Use this fine quality wooden book for slicing and dicing and then store it on the shelf with your cookbooks! It’s 6″ x 9.5″, constructed from solid hard beechwood, pre- seasoned with a light dressing of mineral oil.

A perfect hostess gift! Just read what the critics are saying!…

“Tis better to have chopped and tossed than never to have chopped at all”.

“Sharp witted and cutting edge”

“A true slice-of-life adventure”

“I laughed, I cried, I diced”

October 8, 2007 at 9:43 pm 4 comments


Looking for a new t-shirt? Look no further than

The Young Explorers Society shirt is perfect for the armchair traveler.

Fairy tale enthusiasts will appreciate “Moral of the Story” and “Parable Paranoia”:

And if you get the pun in the next shirt, you are obviously my kind of people:

This is just kind of beautiful:


September 13, 2007 at 12:50 pm 2 comments

Halloween Costume?

Not for me, but maybe for someone! 🙂 Slighty “naughty” (but SFW) so the picture is behind a cut.


September 1, 2007 at 8:12 am 3 comments

Loud Baby

I found this cartoon on its creator’s blog vis-a-vis another favorite blog. The cartoon is about the blogger’s baby, who is plainly a future reader of this blog. (How many times can I say “blog” in one post?)

August 23, 2007 at 3:42 pm Leave a comment

Every Writer – or Blogger – Needs One of These


This gorgeous LED keyboard, made in Korea, will set you back $127 – but it comes with software that lets you customize the light pattern. They’ll stay on all the time, make a pattern, or light up when you hit the key (definitely the route I’d take!). See it in action here.

August 14, 2007 at 9:00 pm 4 comments

Uncommonly Good Shopping

It’s been a while since I did a “cool stuff you can buy online” post, and since Jessica directed me to an awesome eStore, I felt it was high time. 🙂

I, for one, would never have imagined that old newspaper was good for much other than lining bird cages and starting campfires. The Uncommon Goods shop, however, offers a tote bag made entirely out of woven newspaper – and it’s beautiful. (There’s a clutch, too.)

These tables are designed for kids, but wouldn’t they be amazing for the particularly right-brained dreamer? Chalk/whiteboard tables… 🙂

“For anyone who can’t keep his or her pen shut.” How many times have you (after the fact) wished you had one of these?


Ever wish you could have a great author sitting at your desk, helping you fight your way through your plot? How about Twain, Hemingway, or even Shakespeare? These tiny marble figures even open up so you can stash away your writerly secrets within.

You’ll find it much easier and more stylish to keep your favorite brew close at hand with this classy coffee tote.

I’ve seen these optical illusion book “shelves” a few times recently, and in fact came across one at Borders the other day. They’re brilliantly simple: you screw the bracket to the wall, slip a sturdy book over the perpendicular plane, and then stack books atop that one. Presto! Books, apparently suspended in midair against the wall!

Let loose a flood of inspiration with this sculpture in your study or living room! 


“Smart women thirst for knowledge” – and good tea, sipped from these adorable mugs.

It’s hard to tell what this would feel, fold, and glue like, but I’m fascinated with the idea of making books out of this paper. You could read the book, and when you were done, plant it – and flowers would bloom!

 You simply have to click, view, and read about this nifty writing utensil.

Readers, actors, teachers, and savvy students will all find entertainment and enrichment in Uncommon Good’s “The Play’s the Thing” Shakespeare board game.


If you’re going to be a writer, or if you spend money you shouldn’t on books, you know the importance of “saving for a rainy day.” This beautiful little bowl appeals to me, not only because of the words imprinted in it, but because I’ve always had a thing for old-fashioned umbrellas. The pricetag is only slightly ironic. 🙂 On that same note: you have to keep from becoming discouraged if you want to make it as a writer. This paperweight/figurine is a beautiful reminder that opportunity is always just around the corner.

Jewelry inspired by Oscar Wilde, art supplies, Martin Luther King, Scrabble, old and new writing equipment, William E. Henley, changing vision, braille, Gandhi, and fairy tales. Whoo, that’s a lot of links!

Reading journals rarely do much for me – they always have sections I’ll never use, or are missing the things I need. This one looks pretty cool, though. I love the three-ring binding – very convenient!


Those of us who grew up with Winnie the Pooh know how amazing Milne’s philosophy really was, and will doubly appreciate it on this heartwarming pillow.

Another cute “reading man” lamp – this one rather more expensive than the one I shared some weeks ago.

If you love murder mysteries, you might want to decorate with this [dramatic? funny? kitschy?] ceramic flower vase. Lovers of chic lit might prefer these, and those of you whose favorite writing tool is liquid and comes in a brown paper bag might like these


Finally, this has nothing to do with reading or writing, other than the fact that I – a reader and writer – want to learn how to juggle and think this is a pretty set. Anyone out there juggle? Can a klutz like me learn?

August 12, 2007 at 3:44 pm 4 comments


I wanted to share some of my fun recent acquisitions.

I’m leaving my current job, and had a floating holiday that had to get used up, so I took it this past Monday. Most of the day was spent on laundry, but I also made my way to the local slightly-less-ghetto thrift store for Monday $1 Tag Days. Basically, anything with a certain color pricetag was marked down to $1. I go every so often for a treasure hunt beyond compare, usually leaving with large bags full of like-new designer-label clothes that just need a wash. What does this have to do with books, you ask? The answer is this:


It’s so tiny – a little larger than those backpack purses you see now and again – and worth about two cents with the two rubbed out, except that it is blue and orange and extremely happy to see me. The straps are so short that I can just barely sling it over my shoulder when they’re completely let out. It’s the perfect size for a couple books and a notepad, and just right for a good chuckle.

That evening I got home and found an oddly-sized parcel from my Random Amusing Gifts penpal. (She doesn’t know I’ve given it a title, but I think it’s high time. Although maybe I need to go back to the drawing board; “RAGpal” might have some unwanted connotations, no?) I opened it up and found three things of incredible beauty. The first (which I actually wouldn’t discover until the following day) was an unripe huckleberry. Don’t ask.

The second was this, hand-selected by my RAGpal and her very astute fella:


This is funny, because I’d been craving a new little palm-sized journal for jotting down thoughts re: Weekly Thingies and book reviews, but hadn’t found one that felt right. And then, voila! The perfect book arrived in the mail! It has orange endpapers and an expanding pocket in the back, too, and is absolutely the exact one I would have picked.

The third item was a package of tiny souvenir photographs from Hearst Castle, which was an unexpected treat as my husband has told me about its wonders many times, but I have never seen it. I just can’t get over the sheer excess of this place! Really beautiful. One day I’ll write the Great American Bestseller (which is, naturally, somewhat different than the Great American Novel) and build my own castle, don’t you think?


I’d like to point out that each of these photos is taken using my depressingly blank cubicle wall as a background. I have little plastic hooks; the backpack hung from one, and I slid the book and the photos over it so that they were suspended. Not bad, huh?

And finally, we’re about to have a health fair, so we’ve got pharmaceutical promotional items all over the place. I am now the proud owner of a really beautiful and terribly ridiculous blue pen. Are you ready for this? 🙂


August 9, 2007 at 4:08 pm Leave a comment

Nose in a Book

You’ve got to love a bad pun. SYBELLA Designs presents their “Got Your Nose in a Book” bookmark, which can be yours for $4.

July 31, 2007 at 11:20 am Leave a comment

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