Neil Gaiman on the future of reading & libraries [Article]

Neil Gaiman’s talk, [transcript here] is worth your time, if you care at all about nurturing the love of reading in the younger generation.

We have an obligation to read aloud to our children. To read them things they enjoy. To read to them stories we are already tired of. To do the voices, to make it interesting, and not to stop reading to them just because they learn to read to themselves. Use reading-aloud time as bonding time, as time when no phones are being checked, when the distractions of the world are put aside.

Marilyn Monroe’s library [Article]

Open Culture has an interesting article about Marilyn Monroe’s personal library – it was quite contrary to the “dumb blonde” image that may have been projected to the world. Of course, it is entirely plausible that the books in her library were a show-case item, never read.  The list of books that were auctioned off after her death  by Christies is catalogued at Library Thing