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This moving commercial about Bell’s whisky does more in two minutes than most movies do in two hours. Give it a try. I went in expecting nothing — I mean, it’s a commercial! — and walked away gently holding my heart. It’s definitely better than any commercial that aired during the Super Bowl and probably more heartwarming than some Oscar movies.
Done with this book? No need to get another one, because you can just open it a different way to reveal another book. Done with that one? Well, just open it another way and you’ll have another story. And again. And again. Until you do it six times. Because, you see, there are six books in this one book. It just depends how you open it.
With a literacy rate hovering around an estimated 5 to 10 per cent of the population during the Middle Ages, only a select few of society’s upper echelons and religious castes had use for books. So who would have use for a sextuplet of stories bound by a single, multi-hinged cover like this? Some seriously busy scholar.
Amidst endless stories about the death of the printed word and the closing of America’s libraries, another issue remains unresolved: What’s to be done with all the leftover books? In Albany, administrators at the former State Library are embroiled in a debate over the value of books — and what’s “too precious” to throw away.
Being a secret agent can be tough at times. All those private jet rides, sipping poolside Martinis and generally enjoying all the delights the world has to offer must be really taxing. If this sort of painful lifestyle interests you, you could go through years of intense training. Or, you could read “How to Archer” by fictional ISIS agent Sterling Archer.
Remember Guy Laramée, the French artist who sculpts shockingly realistic landscapes out of old books? Well, he’s still at it — and his latest is an ode to the Encyclopedia Britannica, the publishers of which announced last year that they would stop printing the 245-year-old volumes.
The Adventures of a Village begins like many stories do — by setting the scene. In this case, a small cluster of snow-covered buildings are intersected by winding train tracks. That’s it. What happens next is a clever play on the old Choose Your Own Adventure books — but, instead of turning pages to read ahead, their corners are folded over like narrative origami to reveal visual plot points featuring everything from UFOs to hot air balloons.