Good Reading : May 2011
8 goodreading ı MAY 2011 book trivia SHELVE IT Swedish designers Smansk Design Studio have introduced prototypes for a new style of bookshelf. These funky pink shelves are made entirely from multiple copies of a piece of plastic of just the one size and shape. The pieces are joined to produce these slightly vertigo-inducing shelves that are tilted in alternating directions. The shelves are still a prototype and are not yet available. Photograph of iPad by Glenn Fleishman BOOK CARVING Brian Dettmer, a Chicago- based artist, carves books for a living. Described by some as a book sculptor, he carves pages or sections of pages one at a time using tweezers, surgical tools or knives, cutting around images or words that interest him and to which he wants to draw attention. Nothing inside the book moves and Brian doesn't add anything. He simply manipulates the elements within the text to create a completely new sculpted object. BOOKS TO FILM DreamWorks Studios has acquired Voices from the Dead, a new script from J Michael Straczynski, author of Thor and screenwriter of Changeling (which starred Angelina Jolie). Based on the friendship of escape artist Har ry Houdini and Sherlock Holmes author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the script is fictionalised, but in real life the two really were friends. The English author and the American escapologist will be seen solving a bizarre series of murders with the aid of a psychic in 1920s New York. The American television network ABC has greenlighted a new drama titled Poe. Featuring the character of Edgar Allan Poe -- the 19th-century American author of tales of mystery and the macabre -- the crime show will follow the writer as he uses unconventional methods to investigate dark mysteries in 1840s Boston. Poe introduced C Auguste Dupin, the world's first literary detective, in his short story 'The Murders in the Rue Morgue', and popular detective-fiction writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle has cited Poe as the inventor of the detective genre. Coincidentally, Edgar Allan Poe will also be immortalised on the big screen later this year when John Cusack stars as the American author.The film, titled The Raven, i s a fictionalised account of the writer's last five days before his mysterious death. Poe was discovered on the streets of Baltimore in a delirious state, and is said to have repeatedly called for 'Reynolds'. But no-one could figure out whom he was referring to. He died a few days later in a hospital of unverified causes. James McTeigue (known for V for Vendetta) is directing The Raven, which will follow Poe as he searches for a criminal who imitates crimes from Poe's writings. John Cusack in the film The Raven. TRANSITIONAL READING Taiwan's Taoyuan International Airport has opened up a library within its departure terminals. The library rents reading material as an alter native to the usual airport boredom-relievers of shops, bars and restaurants. Travellers can now rent e-readers and iPads to amuse themselves between flights. Each reader is loaded with approximately 400 works in Chinese and English from a diverse range of genres, although the airport also offers around 2000 regular books, newspapers and magazines. FACE UP TO IT Facebook has made friends of us all – or nearly all of us. The popular social media website has attracted more than 600 million users, and German organisation On Any Given Monday has combined forces with photographer Stefan Milev to find out who these people are and what their reasons are for joining the social network. Users can now upload their photo and share their story through the Facebook page of On Any Given Monday. The organisers will choose the 1000 most interesting faces and stories to create a hardcover book, which will give readers across the world an insight into members of this global playground.