Best of the Web 04/17/17

Twice a month, we feature our favorite literary links. As ever, we promise: You’ll laugh. You'll ponder. You won’t get any writing done.


We know that staying motivated and inspired is hard, but don't give up yet! Instead of waiting to make the creative changes you need in your life, you can start right now with the help of these books that go beyond your typical self-help tomes. 

"11 Inspiring Books to Help You Reach Your Creative Goals this Spring"


Best selling author Angie Thomas discusses her book about police brutality and activism, The Hate U Give, and criticises the lack of diversity in the literary world with Buzzfeed. 

"Angie Thomas Says her Bestselling Novel The Hate U Give Proves There's a Market for Books with Black Characters"


Check out this infographic on how long it takes the average reader to finish some of the most popular books in the world.

"How Long Does it Take to Read Popular Books?"


Each book has a distinctive smell, and each smell says something about how the book was made, when the book was made, and eve where the book has been.  

"Can You Judge a Book by its Odour?"


Argentine artist Marta Minujín will open an installation built from books that have been banned around the world at some point in history.

"Access a Database of 70,000 Books Banned Around the World"

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