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The National Literary Trust (UK) has scatter 50 book benches across London for the summer.  Click on the links below for the bench’s location and the name of the artist.

Above: Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf / How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell / Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers / The Railway Children by E. Nesbit / Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen / Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding / Brick Lane by Monica AliHercule Poirot and the Greenshore Folly by Agatha Christie

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The mistake people make when they talk about not being able to trust Wikipedia is in the implicit assumption that we could trust encyclopedias as infallible sources before Wikipedia.

I like Wikipedia because I know it could be wrong. Regular encyclopedias can be wrong, too, but my guard was never up in the same way with them as it is with Wikipedia. I like Internet media specifically for the reason that Aaron Sorkin doesn’t like it: because it makes it that much more difficult for me to have any illusions about the fact that the burden of critical thought is on me.

I don’t automatically trust bloggers because a group of people I’ve never met decided to give them a badge that says “reporter” on it. I don’t turn off my critical thinking because they’ve gotten to be some sort of “professional”. I have to judge them on the merits of their writing and history of thoughtfulness or thoughtlessness alone. That is a feature, not a bug, because we should never trust any news media outlet implicitly.

On the Internet Everyone Knows You Could Be a Dog, or Why I Think Aaron Sorkin Is Wrong About the Value of Established Media Outlets (via researchtobedone)

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Meet Marvel comics’ new Thor - she’s not what you’d expect! 

Learn more & see some exclusive art from the upcoming comics series


Marvel is excited to announce an all-new era for the God of Thunder in brand new series, THORwritten by Jason Aaron (Thor: God of ThunderOriginal Sin) complimented with art from Russell Dauterman (Cyclops).

This October, Marvel Comics evolves once again in one of the most shocking and exciting changes ever to shake one of Marvel’s “big three” – Captain American, Iron Man and Thor – Marvel Comics will be introducing an all-new THOR, GOD OF THUNDER. No longer is the classic male hero able to hold the mighty hammer, Mjölnir, a brand new female hero will emerge will who will be worthy of the name THOR. Who is she? Where did she come from and what is her connection to Asgard and the Marvel Universe?

“The inscription on Thor’s hammer reads ‘Whosoever holds this hammer, if HE be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.’ Well it’s time to update that inscription,” says Marvel editor Wil Moss. “The new Thor continues Marvel’s proud tradition of strong female characters like Captain Marvel, Storm, Black Widow and more. And this new Thor isn’t a temporary female substitute - she’s now the one and only Thor, and she is worthy!”

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Steve Rogers + Drawing

Steve Rogers drawing things is one way of seeing it.


Seriously, that first gif where the film cannot make it clearer that this is exactly how Steve sees himself at this point of time. All he ever wanted is to serve and do his part — but his nation doesn’t want him, they wanted an army of him. Without that, he’s utterly useless to them, super serum be damned (“All I got is you. You’re not enough”). He’s paraded around and trying not to fake his smiles, he gets mooned at, thrown with tomatoes on stage — but he just sucks it up because he’s not wavering from his objective, that is to help. So if helping means being a dancing monkey (“Bond sales take a ten percent bump in every state I visit”), then so be it. And hey, it’s a lot better than being a lab rat.

And because I can’t talk about this without talking about Peggy — all it takes is only for one person to keep believing in your worth, to make you have faith in yourself again, and Peggy is that person to Steve here. Dr. Erskine is dead, Bucky is currently at the frontlines and getting tortured, so Peggy is literally the only one left in the world at the moment who’s able to look at Steve right in the eye and tell him, that he’s meant for more than this. And they’re not mere words, Peggy risks everything that she has ever worked her whole life for, just to give him this one chance to prove himself.

You cannot tell me that this is not how it would go 70 years later too — when Steve Rogers took over SHIELD’s PA system and announces to his comrades that they have his deepest faith, to prove themselves and do the right thing despite the cost. The dignity of a choice. Peggy & Steve are so completely synchronized in their principles and worldviews that even if there’s no romance between them, they’re already so inextricably connected and nothing could break that bond.

As for the second gif, it’s a reminder that this is a man who has woken up in a whole new world that has left him behind completely, and he’s resolved to play catch up and embrace it anyway. But he’s allowing himself a moment of heartache here — in the form of a drawing in a corner of a placemat, with buildings squeezing against each other so tightly that you cannot see the sky anymore, compared to the open and freely placed sketches in the first example. It’s the crushing loneliness of knowing that everyone has passed him by in the blink of an eye — and at the same time understanding that he would still need to go out there and soldier on and make peace with his life.

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That kid?  Yeah, he walks in here, buys a drink, watches the crowd — fights out back with any guy stirring up trouble with the women — and comes right back inside to do it all over again.  Says he’s fine.”

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