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From Weldon Owen, an infographic illustrating the process from idea to book.

How A Book is Born

From Weldon Owen, an infographic illustrating the process from idea to book.

Posted by Joel on May 20 2012 • Books

Sagan On Books

Courtesy of Brain Pickings. I like this quote too. It comes from Carl Sagan, whose 1980 PBS series Cosmos was such a success. This quote comes from the eleventh episode called “The Persistence of Memory,” and it’s about books.

“What an astonishing thing a book is. It’s a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you’re inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.”

Posted by Joel on May 12 2012 • Multimedia

West Wing Reunion: Walk and Talk

From Funny or Die, a West Wing Reunion: “Martin Sheen, Allison Janney, Dulé Hill, Joshua Malina, Melissa Fitzgerald and William Duffy reprise their West Wing roles walking and talking their way into the Oval Office. Why? To pass one last initiative with the President: To get America walking.” I miss this show. For more behind-the-scenes video, click here.

Walk & Talk - The West Wing Reunion from Martin Sheen

Posted by Joel on May 06 2012 • Multimedia