A Light in the Attic

Morgan Ashleigh. 22. INFJ. Philadelphia area. Illustration major. Intersectional Feminist. Black and Cherokee. Open-minded.

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Today in Book NewsThe words that so many ears know so well will soon be getting a place on the printed page — 1,034 pages, as a matter of fact. The songs of Bob Dylan have been compiled, annotated and illustrated in a collection so comprehensive, it could take some strength just to lift.

Not to be outdone, Sinead O’Connor has announced an upcoming book of her own — an as-yet untitled memoir slated for March 2016. And for those readers with a taste for a tell-all, never fear: There will be dirt. In a press release, the Irish singer says, “I look forward to dishing the sexual dirt on everyone I’ve ever slept with.”

And as we eagerly await the Nobel Prize announcements for literature (watch this space tomorrow morning!), committee member Horace Engdahl tells the French newspaper La Croix that scholarships and grants that have turned the role of the writer into a profession: “Even though I understand the temptation, I think it cuts writers off from society, and creates an unhealthy link with institutions. Previously, writers would work as taxi drivers, clerks, secretaries and waiters to make a living. … It was hard — but they fed themselves, from a literary perspective.”


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If you love Philadelphia’s creepy-awesome Mütter Museum, you should definitely check out slam poet Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz’ first novel, Dr. Mütter’s Marvels.

Our critic Jason Heller calls the book "a marvel itself."

With clinical precision, Aptowicz lays bare the facts of Mütter’s colorful, tumultuous life. But those are only the bones of the book. Through anecdotes, rich context, and an unabashed artistic license on par with Erik Larson’s novelized historical accounts like The Devil in the White City and Thunderstruck, she injects Dr. Mütter’s Marvels with warmth and wit. In particular, the doctor’s borderline fetishization of grotesque medical curios — which would come to rest in Philadelphia’s Mütter Museum, still standing and attracting tens of thousands of visitors annually — comes across as both a quirk and a virtue, the result of his fascination with how the human body can be not only healed, but resculpted. His work in plastic surgery underscores a larger point that Aptowicz reveals masterfully: Vanity and wanting to be accepted in society are two very different things, then and now


If you missed it yesterday, be sure to check out USA Today’s scoop on the re-issue of A. C. H. Smith’s Labyrinth novelisation. Archaia also hint at having grander plans for the property.

The re-issue will feature previously unseen Brian Froud artwork and notes from Jim Henson’s Labyrinth notebook, some of which are previewed above.

What do you make of the cover? I think it’s nice, but would have preferred a facsimile of Sarah’s book.

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I realized as I walked through the neighborhood how each house could contain a completely different reality. In a single block, the there could be fifty separate worlds. Nobody ever really knew what was going on just next door.
P. 146 of White Oleander by Janet Fitch
Then came a time I can hardly describe, a season underground. A bird trapped in a sewer, wings beating against the ceiling in that dark wet place, while the city rumbled on overhead. Her name was Lost.
Page 43 of White Oleander by Janet Fitch
"Always learn poems by heart," she said. "They have to become the marrow in your bones. Like fluoride in the water, they’ll make your soul impervious to the world’s soft decay." I imagined my soul taking these words in like silicated water in the Petrified Forest, turning my wood into patterned agate.
Page 9 of White Oleander by Janet Fitch


 Tomer HanukaMarquis De Sade / Philosophy in the Boudior book cover

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How sweet simply to go back to sleep, as the sand does, until the wind thinks to awaken it again.
Little Bee, p.259 by Chris Cleave


 Francisco X. Stork, Marcelo in the Real World


Daniel Keyes, Flowers for Algernon


Little Bee / The Other Hand by Chris Cleave

But experience has taught me that you cannot value dreams according to the odds of their coming true.
My Beloved World by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor (via yourkindoftruth)



My mom kept all my papers from elementary school, and I’m going through them and throwing stuff out since its a fire hazard. This is a take home book I read, that happens to be by James and Dave Franco’s mother. I kid you not, she’s a published children’s author, look her up.