The Beginner’s Guide to Anime: The Art of Respect

My very first anime was not Pokémon, Sailor Moon, or Dragonball Z. It was Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland. Look it up. It was preciously beautiful (and terrifying, thanks to the Nightmare King), but as I grew from Pokémon dweeb to Moonie to anime club official, I’ve learned a few things. First off, anime is not an all encompassing term for children’s cartoons. In fact, … Continue reading The Beginner’s Guide to Anime: The Art of Respect

Books and Tea for the Cold Early Spring

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man of good fortune probably doesn’t read enough, but probably drinks a lot of caffeine. Switch your coffee pot off, put the kettle on, go to your local library and snuggle up. Here are five books and five accompanying teas to keep you sane as the days continue to stretch on and on and on, as … Continue reading Books and Tea for the Cold Early Spring

What Your Local Library Workers Want You to Know

In ancient times, libraries were created to archive collections of writing, such as clay tablets or papyrus scrolls. Over time, libraries shifted to collecting and sometimes making copies of important manuscripts. As the printing press took off and Europe discovered an appreciation for scholarship, private and university libraries were established. Eventually, the public library emerged and libraries as we know them today became pillars of … Continue reading What Your Local Library Workers Want You to Know

The Golden-ish Rule

My childhood—like, I’m sure, many of yours—was filled with many repetitions of the golden rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Treat others how you want to be treated. You wouldn’t like it if someone did that to you. The golden rule is one that can be found across cultures, going back at least twenty-five hundred years, but probably further. … Continue reading The Golden-ish Rule

What They Don’t Tell You About Bookstagram

If you’ve been anywhere on Instagram in the past few years, you’ve probably seen someone post an aesthetically pleasing photo of a book, maybe with a cup of coffee or tea, a perfectly positioned candle, or more bookmarks than any one person would ever need. Welcome to #bookstagram. Whether you’re considering becoming part of this book-loving community or you’ve been posting about books for years—or … Continue reading What They Don’t Tell You About Bookstagram

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The Only New Years Resolutions You’ll Ever Need

Chances are, at some point in your life, you’ve made a New Years resolution. Maybe you kept it, maybe as of mid-January you gave up and figured life was more about being happy than thin. We’re not here to judge. A new year is a time of new beginnings. It’s a socially contrived chance to fundamentally change something about yourself. After all, as they say … Continue reading The Only New Years Resolutions You’ll Ever Need