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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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.