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Friday, July 22, 2011

Maria Popova's 7 Obscure Children's Books by Authors of Grown-Up Literature at Brain Pickings offered a fantastic look at the way some masters of language—Joyce, Twain, Woolf, Eliot, Shelley, Tolstoy, and Wilde—crafted offerings for younger readers. (If we were to add later twentieth-century novelists to the list, I'd suggest John Gardner's Dragon, Dragon, which, as Popova says of Tolstoy, exhibits a similarly "profound respect and appreciation for children’s unique creative and moral sensibilities, as well as his dedication to the broader aspirations of education." Read the piece and see some other excellent additions by commenters.)—Laura

I’m always fascinated by things like this here World Literacy Map. It’s an easy way to dispel some of your misconceptions about other countries.—Justin

If you've been living under a rock, or orbiting space for the last month, then you haven't had the opportunity to get ridiculously excited for the newest J.K. Rowling endeavor: Pottermore. While the online community won't be "open" until October, fans of all ages are gearing up for the sneek-peak opportunity coming next week (July 31). So for those of us still reluctant to give up our childhood and move past this 10 year obsession, here is a wonderful excuse to continue referring to ourselves as muggles. Also, it kills some of that extra time until the Quidditch World Cup takes place. —Lara

@R_Nash, knocking it outta the ballpark in his usual fine style. Followed by a wonderful call to arms by @DonLinn: "Let's Get It On Indie Booksellers"—Pablo

The Brooklyn Museum recently began mapping their photography archives on Historypin, a photography sharing site for old images. Before they could map them, however, they needed a little help in locating precise geographical coordinates of each photograph—and with over 3,500 images in their archive, including glass plate negatives from the early 19th century and images taken by unknown sources, it was no easy task. The museum turned to Flickr users for help: after uploading and sorting their "mystery" images to a public set, they asked virtual volunteers to help track down exact locations. Lots of locals chipped in, but there are still many mystery images to tag.Do you live in Brooklyn? Click here for the #mapBK mystery photos and see if you can geotag any of the images. Click here to read more about the project: Using New Tools, Mapping Old Brooklyn. Also, GalleyCat has created a Haruki Murakami Spotify Playlist on Spotify, the streaming music service we cheered about last week. If you've read much Murakami, you must be smiling about this—music is always a large part of his stories. Click here to grab the link to the playlist and see which songs made the list.—Lauren

N.B.: Yesterday NBC reporter (and Moon Shot author) Jay Barbree looked back at the space program and the history of NASA in the wake of Atlantis's final landing.

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