Famous Novels’ First Sentences, Mapped [Infographic]
Sentence diagrams never looked this good
By Colin Lecher
Maybe you spent a week in school making these, but the ones in your class almost definitely didn’t look as good. The folks at Pop Chart Lab, which now has an oeuvre of infographics depicting everything from classic games to beer, took a literary turn with their latest chart. A Diagrammatical Dissertation on Opening Lines of Notable Novels (itself one hell of a tongue-twister) is a series of simple Reed-Kellogg sentence diagrams, but there’s something special about placing them all next to each other. The start of Don Quixote looks especially circuitous next to the deceivingly simple “124 was spiteful” of Toni Morrison’s Beloved. Plus, “A screaming comes across the sky,” from Gravity’s Rainbow, is appropriately askew in this format. (More information here)
Blind Date with a Book
Delightful marketing by an indie bookshop: hand-picked, red-wrapped Valentine’s Day picks offered for sale sight-unseen. You can do this when you’re the best bookstore in town, your staff is intimately familiar with the books you sell, and your customers have come to trust you implicitly. Bravo, Brazos Bookstore! We ❤ you!
A Wedding Under the Great Oak
My beloved niece will soon be married on the family ranch, under an ancient oak that we love. I shared the job of creating a beautiful, meaningful invitation with designer Carmen Garza, whose selection of an engraving from Emblems of Immortality (published 1795) was perfect. She used classical iconography—acorn to oak, caterpillar to butterfly—to represent perpetual renewal, and wrapped the invitation in lace as delicate and intricate as the couple’s shared memories. A deep-red wax seal is the finishing touch on this very special memento.
Learning to Think Outside the Box
Creativity Becomes an Academic Discipline
In 2010 “creativity” was the factor most crucial for success found in an I.B.M. survey of 1,500 chief executives in 33 industries. These days “creative” is the most used buzzword in LinkedIn profiles two years running.
—via The New York Times
Bring a gift, cheer a child.
We warmly invite you to join Rigsby Hull in supporting Operation Jingle Jeeps, benefitting children at the Child Life department of Children’s Herman Memorial. These young cancer survivors will spend the holidays engaged in the fight of their lives. Help us cheer them on with a parade of hundreds of festively lit jeeps bearing Santa and his gifts to their bedsides.
Please bring new, unwrapped gifts of $10-20 between the hours of 9-5 through December 20.
Rigsby Hull: 2309 University Boulevard.
In loving memory of Janie Wright.