Old Book Illustrations is a search engine and browseable library of—you've guessed it!—the engraved illustrations and litho prints found in old books.
Choose the type of illustrations you want to see: animals or people, landscapes, buildings, etc. Choose your favorite illustrators from a list: Gustave Doré, John Leech, Charles H. Bennett...[and] Find illustrations by the title of the book or periodical in which they were published: Æsop's fables, Punch, L'Illustration...
The scans are high-resolution (though it appears the scanned items are sometimes worse-for-wear) and most come with lots of details about their original creation and printing. Read the rest
It seems obvious that the presidential candidate's stories of youthful violence are fables, but why? It's not just because he keeps changing the events to account for inconsistencies and incredibilities—it's because no-one can find the people he describes.
But nine friends, classmates and neighbors who grew up with Carson told CNN they have no memory of the anger or violence the candidate has described. That person is unrecognizable to those whom CNN interviewed, who knew him during those formative years.
All of the people interviewed expressed surprise about the incidents Carson has described. No one challenged the stories directly. Some of those interviewed expressed skepticism, but noted that they could not know what had happened behind closed doors. CNN was unable to independently confirm any of the incidents, which Carson said occurred when he was a juvenile.
I keep imagining Ben Carson at the lectern, calmly and blandly insisting that he was the driver of the headlights-off car that brutally murdered someone who flashed them.
But that Mittyesque character doesn't really exist, does it? He just overdid the self-mythology in an early autobiography, and didn't have a plan for squaring it with the scrutiny that running for president would bring decades later. The irony, the entertainment value, comes from realizing that he's still a habitual bullshitter who can't take advice.
I think the day is won, though, by Gabrielle Bluestone, who offers a great line on the mangled absurdity of this candidate's boasts: "If Ben Carson didn’t attack his own mother with a hammer, what else isn’t he capable of?"
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Firstsecond's new Fable Comics
is the third knockout anthology in which amazing, hugely varied comics creators recreate some of the world's best loved stories. As with Nursery Rhyme Comics
and Fairy Tale Comics
, Fable Comics
draws from diverse source material and presents it in varied, fresh ways that have something for everyone.
The creators of the game Year Walk have prepared a special treat for us: a free e-book of Swedish scary stories to tell in the dark.
Ehdrigor, a game created by a black, American Indian game designer, gently reflects the Native experience, and how that approach to storytelling differs from Western narratives.
How a surprising iPhone and Apple Watch bestseller is pushing the boundaries of fiction
In her series “Selfie Fables,” Italian artist Simona Bonafini imagines what it would be like if Disney’s fairy tale heroes joined Instagram. Read the rest
Imagine Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer told in Family Circus comic strip style, Alice in Wonderland’s Alice as a rude fat brat with a Valley-girl accent, Little Red Riding Hood as a young woman who climbs into bed with the Wolf, or Harry Potter told as a comic without words, except for some exclamations and sound affects. Although these mega-popular “children’s” stories have already been recreated by illustrators, artists and filmmakers throughout the years, Graphic Canon presents them and 46 others with a fresh and twisted take by contemporary artists such as Dame Darcy, Lucy Knisely, Roberta Gregory, and World War 3’s Peter Kuper. From Aesop fables and Brothers Grimm tales to The Little Mermaid, Mark Twain’s “Advice to Little Girls,” The Oz series and Watership Down, this fourth volume of Graphic Canon brings us household children’s literature as we’ve never seen it before. This book of children’s literature might not be suitable for children! I would rate it PG-13.
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Coffin Hill is a horror story in graphic novel form that's somewhere between HP Lovecraft and Bauhaus: a genuinely scary and brilliantly told tale that's not afraid to show us its black eyeliner and ill-advised teenaged hair. Cory Doctorow
reviews the first Coffin Hill collection
Jasmina Tesanovic on the recent floods drowning the Balkan region, in which, it seems the sorrow never stops.
Gary writes, "Episode 5 of the podcast Far-Fetched Fables features a great reading by Kenny Park of the short story 'Snowball's Chance' by Charles Stross. Far-Fetched Fables is the recent addition to the District of Wonders podcast network, which includes Tony C. Smith's long-running StarShip Sofa."
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In Wendy and Richard Pini's ElfQuest saga are the echoes of an old thread of utopian fantasy, removed from epic homily to intimate fable.
Fables are portals to other worlds, writes Heather Johanssen—and to new places in this one.
Before Rimbaud, before the Surrealists, there was Nerval (1808 - 1855), living his life as if it were a lucid dream. Of course, it didn't hurt that his mental skies flickered with the chain lightning of madness—bouts of insanity that condemned him to periodic stays in asylums and, ultimately, self-murder.