BY Erika W. Smith
on Sep 20, 2012
Damn, Brainpickings always has the coolest book stuff! If you missed last week’s vintage library ads, go look at them now. And then come back. Right back. Because you need to look at these, too.
Brainpickings has collected images of the first ads for famous books, from The Great Gatsby to Slaughterhouse-Five to The Joy Of Sex.
One thing that strikes me about these ads is just how many WORDS there are. Read More
BY Intern Tessa
on Aug 27, 2012
A 19th-century artist designed a "map" to the woman’s heart, “exhibiting its internal communications, and the facilities and dangers to Travelers therein." It may seem innocuous, but this piece of odd artwork spells out a lot about the culture's ideas of what was important to women back then.
The map heavily emphasizes vanity and self-centeredness: Love of Display, Love of Dress, and Love of Admiration take up a lot of the landscape. Below these areas, Selfishness is also assigned a rather large territory. Read More