Obsessed. But I did get a 19.
(via Ira Glass’s ‘This American Life’ Leaves PRI - NYTimes.com)
This is awesome.
Source: The New York Times
Q:i love npr, and didn't realize there were any tumblrs actually run officially by the organization - is there any way someone could send me a few links to other npr run blogs? i'd love that! thanks for doing what you're doing :)
Oh man! We are all over the tumblrs. Pick your favorite flavor:
NPR - The mothership.
Fresh Air - Curated by WHYY’s Fresh Air Associate Producer
NPRchives - Not to be confused with NPR_Chives (our ongoing project examining the smallest species in the onion genus) this tumblr shares highlights from the NPR Archives, starting with 1984. Hilarious and profound.
NPR Books - Books
NPR’s Backseat Book Club - Also books, but for the wee folks (featuring book selections and Q&A’s with their author’s)
NPR Code Switch - Race, ethnicity and culture … how these things play out in our lives and communities … how all of that is shifting
NPR Interns - The people who will one day steal my job
NPR Music - GIFs of Adele. What more do you want?!
NPR Plays - Pew! Pew pew pew! I’m not excited about church furniture. That’s the sound of laser blasts in a video game. Cause this tumblr is about gaming.
NPR On The Road - See the world through the eyes of NPR’s traveling reporters.
NPR Radio Pictures - The prettiest NPR tumblr? Curated by NPR’s multimedia department
Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me - Curated by WWDTM Producer Ian Chillag
Cook Your Cupboard - Got random stuff in your fridge? We can help you cook it.
Social Media Desk - The only people who understand what twitter is actually for.
Skunk Bear - Science!
Book Towns: Where Reading is the Reason to Live
Some small towns in the rural reaches that lost their former industries have reimagined themselves as "book towns." By filling empty storefronts with used and antiquarian bookshops, and hosting literary festivals, the goal is to attract new visitors in the form of bibliophiles.
The book towns are officially united through the International Organisation of Book Towns. The movement started in 1961 with Richard Booth in Hay-on-Wye in Wales, and now includes towns across Europe and in Malaysia, Korea, and Australia. However, the drive for a sustainable tourism development program in these rural areas has hit some hurdles in recent years with the consolidation of the used book trade online and rise of the e-book. As Adrian Turpin, director of the literary festival in Wigtown, Scotland’s book town, told the BBC in 2012:
"There was a time when second-hand book sellers in book towns were first of all selling books and secondly selling the experience of browsing. Now it is almost the other way around."
Despite these recent changes in the literary landscape, the book towns thrive on.
Hay-on-Wye is on my bucket list. I was a few hours away on a road trip once but it was raining buckets and the beautiful country roads of Wales are not fun in a Prius in a downpour. So someday, you will be mine tiny book town.
Hello book towns.