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Thessaly’s Ideal Bookshelf

October 24, 2012 | by

We are so excited about My Ideal Bookshelf, the brainchild of artist extraordinaire Jane Mount and our friend (and founding Daily editor!) Thessaly La Force. The premise is this: Jane painted the favorite books of more than a hundred fascinating people from all walks of life, and Thessaly interviewed them about literature they love and how it has shaped them. Below, Jane paints Thessaly’s bookshelf.

Painting an Ideal Bookshelf from Jane Mount on Vimeo.

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Erotic Classics, Christian Colleges, Dealbreakers

July 19, 2012 | by

  • Yup: e-books outsold hard copies in 2011.
  • Out of the mouths of babes: a six-year-old judges classics by their covers.
  • Speaking of classics: a British publisher adds sex scenes to them. Erotic rewrites include Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre.
  • Written a great opener? Call the first graf hotline.
  • The C. S. Lewis Foundation plans to open a college based on his Christian teachings.
  • Dealbreaker books .









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    Jane Mount and the Ideal Bookshelf

    June 4, 2010 | by

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    What is on an ideal bookshelf?

    The books that made people who they are, that changed their lives.

    How long have you been painting bookshelves?

    Three years.

    Do you ever spot repeats?

    There’s a cookbook called The Silver Spoon—I’ve painted that silver spoon so many times! A Confederacy of Dunces, Catcher in the Rye, The Little Prince, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, A Wrinkle in Time, Bird by Bird.

    Do you ever find new reading while on the job?

    Totally. I just bought I Married Adventure by Osa Johnson. A friend had an early edition on his bookshelf, and it had this really cool black-and-white tiger-striped spine. I looked it up, and Johnson sounded fascinating. I don’t know if I would have picked it up if the spine hadn’t had the stripes!

    Jane Mount is an artist and entrepreneur. An exhibit of her Ideal Bookshelf project is on display at the Curiosity Shoppe in San Francisco until June 13.

     

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