In our feeds: libraries for start-ups, books & bars, editing the President and musical taste
By Anne on February 22nd, 2013
Each Friday, we share a handful of links we found interesting, provocative, funny — or just plain cool. We call it In Our Feeds. Have a good weekend!
It’s the last In Our Feeds of February! How crazy is that?! As we say goodbye to the shortest month of the year, perhaps you’d want to raise a toast with a book? Megan shares how one Twin Cities entrepreneur has evolved the traditional book club to become a social event moderated by an improv comedian in a local pub. Sounds like a fun Friday night!
Another fun interpretation of books we love was sent to me by Dante. The iconic images of Quentin Blake are on display. You can see a slideshow of this artist’s work who is best known by us for his covers of Roald Dahl’s books. I agree with Dante, how cool would it have been to have his wallpaper in your room growing up?
Nadia found a good example of how we never stop being edited as shown by President Obama. I’m sure you know the feeling of dread when you see mark ups on your writing either by a teacher or your boss but take heart! If the President still needs an editor, it can’t be so bad when we need one too. Speaking of taking a second look at works, Michael found an article that proves we can like music we thought we hated. Apparently, the more we understand about music theory, the more open we are to music that at first we dislike.
Switching to a more serious note, Nadia also shared a sad statistic about kids and school out of the UK. Unfortunately 1/5 of British students suffer from “school phobia” but half of parents are unaware. It’s an important reminder that school can not only be a source of knowledge and magical aha moments, but also stress. So keep talking to students in your life to see how they are doing! It goes a long way. Staying on education, here are five habits of great students via the Washington Post’s Answer Sheet. Read about lessons learned from a top school. A personal fave, read early, read late, read often.
OK, before I sign off, two more that might change the way you think about things. Did it ever cross your mind that libraries could be the office of the next big entrepreneur? Lia read this interesting piece about how in the original days of libraries, we’re talking the days of Alexandria even, the library was a gathering place for scholars of the day to solve problems. And think about it, your local library has everything you need, as the article notes, workspace, internet, resources, professional guidance, etc. Why not? And finally, Kristen piqued my interest with this post about languages. The language we speak affects how we think. So much so that it affects how bank accounts! Check it out.
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