E.E. Cummings (via quoted-books)
Yes, I was infatuated with you; I am still. No one has ever heightened such a keen capacity of physical sensation in me. I cut you out because I couldn’t stand being a passing fancy. Before I give my body, I must give my thoughts, my mind, my dreams. And you weren’t having any of those.
Sylvia Plath, The Journals of Sylvia Plath (via seabois)
Last week’s talk on the History of Oxford University Press, delivered by OUP archivist Martin Maw and Bath Spa English Professor Ian Gadd, condensed 500 years of history into just thirty minutes! We learnt that Oxford University Press have published some odd books in the past. For example, two copies of The Gospel of St. John in gold leaf set on dark green paper were published for a woman whose diminishing eye-sight meant that was the only colour she could still read. The Press gave one copy to the woman and kept the other for our archives, which we still have today.
Only read The Storied Life of A.J. FIkry if you are willing to unapologetically cry afterward.
Hand me a book and you will hand me my favorite way to get lost.
"I built this book cart after my bagpipes got stolen, because I couldn’t afford a new set of bagpipes, and I needed to support myself. I used to sell teddy bears too. But one day last year, three undercover policeman showed up and took me to jail. It was just like a TV show— one was dressed like a rapper, the other like a hooker, and the other like a tourist. They said you need a permit to sell manufactured goods. You’re allowed to sell art, just not manufactured goods. I tried to tell them that my teddy bears were art because I dressed them and customized them. But all they said was: ‘You’re going to jail.’ I had to spend 2 days in jail. The judge threw out the case. But they never gave me back my teddy bears."