The Beautiful Stuttgart Library

Libraries are cool, and the Stuttgart Library in Germany is one of the coolest. Seriously guys, the entire time I was like, “Ohmygodthisissocool!” I bet I was so annoying but I don’t care. When beautiful books are encased by a beautiful building it’s like cool squared (wow that was corny I apologize).

When I stepped inside the library I felt like a kid. I wanted to squeal I was so excited… Or rather squee because it sounds cuter and less pig-like. You know when you’re playing Pokemon and your Pokemon enters a battle and sometimes does a little shake and wiggle because it’s excited to whoop some ass. I wanted to do that kind of shake and wiggle inside the Stuttgart Library.

The building’s dad is a Korean-born, Germany-based architect Eun Young Yi. The design for the the Stadtbibliothek Stuttgart was influenced by the ancient pantheon. It was born October 2011.

Click photos to enlarge and view slideshow. Hover for captions (not all photos have them).

The Outside

The Labyrinth-Like Staircase

I kept expecting to see Jareth, the Goblin King and his bulge walking upside-down on these stairs.

The Heart

This was when I questioned if this library was just a front for a museum.

The Inside

Some pictures of books for proof this is an actual library.

Children’s Floor

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Breathers: A Zombie Lament

Diablo Cody (Juno, Jennifer’s Body, United States of Tara) is set to produce the adaptation of the zom rom com (zombie romantic comedy) novel Breathers: A Zombie’s Lament by S.G. Browne.  The screenplay was written by Geoff LaTulippe (Going the Distance).  Rumor has it that Joseph Gordon-Levitt (newest Hollywood it-boy who deserves it) and Scarlett Johansson (who makes up for her lack of acting skills with curves and good looks) are going to star in the film.

Breathers info via Screen Rant:

Breathers tells the tale of a regular man named Andy (presumably Gordon-Levitt’s role) who is resurrected and returns to the world of the living as a zombie.  Society as a whole is prejudiced against Andy’s kind and the undead gentleman is therefore forced to find his way in a world that denies him even the most basic of human rights.  Johansson would assumedly play Andy’s human love interest, Rita.”

Now if you still have a bad taste left in your mouth brain from Jennifer’s Body, remember Cody is only producing this zombie romantic comedy.  The director is still up in the air so I hope that JGL and ScarJo will attract a prominent director. 

PS- I Love Zombies! 

[Source Screen Rant]

F*ck Me Ray Bradbury

Great authors are what us Lit Lovers daydream about!  I wonder if Ray Bradbury has seen this?  Probably not since he said that, “We’ve got too many Internets.”  Either way thank you Rachel Bloom for this sci-fi naughtiness!  And get a free Download of the video here!

Warning: Lyrics are NSFW because of the frequent use of the F word and mentions of ejaculating on books and such.

[Source Geek Girl on the Street]

Novel-T: Shirts for Lit Lovers

I first saw these Novel-T shirts on Gaming Angels and I fell in love!  Novel-T’s are jersey’s for the all-stars of literature.  There are two teams, the American Canons and the National Puncs.  They have either the author or a character’s name on the back, and an image associated with that author/character.  The shirts cost $24.95 and are made in Brooklyn.  You can order them here and they are available at select Borders Bookstore locations.  Also $1 of every Vonnegut or Trout shirt sold is donated by Novel-T to Doctors Without Borders and  $1 of every other shirt sold is donated by Novel-T to 826NYC.

My favorites are Poe (with the Raven),  Thoreau, Quixote and Gatsby.  I think the Bartleby and Emily Dickinson shirts are funny.  I also think they could have picked a much better image for Alice in Wonderland than a cupcake.  I will probably get one in the future if I can narrow my choice down to one.  I hope they do more of these!  Check out the Novel-T website to see all of the shirts I put a few more I liked in the slideshow below.

What team are you on?

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Tattoo Tuesday-Children’s Books

My brain nearly jumped out of my head with excitement as I explored the beautiful bounty of literary skin art on Contrariwise.org (and a few other sites).  Out of all of my many obsession literature is by far the one dearest to me.  It tickles my soul to see so many people who felt a such a deep connection with an author, novel, character, quote, etc. and were inspired to put it on their body.  This weeks theme I’ve decided to do a tribute to Children’s Books and authors.

My earliest and fondest memories of literature was Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughtersbecause that was the first time I read about princesses who looked like me.  I can’t forget about our family’s Bible sized book of Brothers Grimm: Fairy Tales; the table of contents was sprinkled with check marks to signify which stories we read (some stories had a few check marks!).

There are a so many wonderful Children’s Books I couldn’t possibly include them all (that could be its own blog!) but don’t worry Tattoo Tuesday will happen as long as Tuesdays and this blog exists, but most importantly as long as I don’t forget!  If you comment (and answer the question below) I’ll make sure to try to include your favorite book the next go ’round.

Reminisce with me in the comment section:  Which is/are your favorite children’s book(s) and why?

If you are interested in having me feature your geeky tattoo on a future Tattoo Tuesday feel free to email me at girlgonegeekblog[at]gmail.com.
***Click on the image to read more about the inspiration behind each persons tattoo***

 

English translation: “And now here is my secret, a very simple secret; it is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye.” - Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince) by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Le Petit Prince/The Little Prince


"Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti." By: Gerald McDermott's

Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie

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Walt Whitman Celebration in Brooklyn

Tomorrow July, 1st from 5pm- Midnight, Issue Project Room is celebrating The Brooklyn Heights Association’s 100th Anniversary with the event “I Do Not Doubt That I am Limitless: Walt Whitman’s Brooklyn”. The free event “will channel the psychedelic spirit of the poet, journalist, humanist and Brooklynite, Walt Whitman”. It will be at the beautiful Pier 1 Harbor View Lawn of the new Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Today’s Wall Street Journal had an article on the event:
“It’s going to be a Whitman freak-out jam by the waterfront… a mobile, marathon reading of “Leaves of Grass” begins at 5 p.m. and occurs all over the park, Animal Collective sidekicks Prince Rama will mix Sanskrit chants and synthesizers, and Shannon Fields, from the band Stars Like Fleas, will lead a seven-piece ensemble… Other performers, from avant-garde jazz bassist Henry Grime to funk and folk acts, will lend music to Whitman’s words.”

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Walt Whitman he is one of the most influential poets of the American cannon. Some of his most significant works are the poems “Pioneers! O Pioneers!” and “Song of Myself” which are both in the epic poem “Leaves of Grass”. “Leaves of Grass” stirred up a lot of controversy in its time because of it’s overt sexuality. His sexuality is often debated by biographers but he is often noted as being bisexual or homosexual.

He was deeply influenced by deism and embraced all religions equally. He was a realist and a transcendentalist. He also greatly influenced the Beat movement of the 1950s and 60s and its leaders Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac.

I just found out about the event today which is why I didn’t post it sooner. Hopefully those of you who live in NYC can make it, it should be fun and I plan on going.

For more information on the event visit Issue Project Room.

What kind of geek are you?

There are so many types geeks but I’ll narrow it down to the few I care about.

Go ahead and give yourself a severe migraine trying to sort out this geek diagram!

Take the poll and comment on why you are that kind of geek or why you are all of them!