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Nothing is Sacred: Why Reading Over Your Shoulder Annoys You

20 Apr 2021

It happened to each of us. You cram into a crowded subway car, you can hardly find a free space to fit at least your head, a book is in your hands, you open it – after all, you stopped at the most interesting moment, how can you not read it? That is when it happens. Someone else's curious glance slides over the pages, the uninvited reader almost puffs in your – what an audacity! Although... What's the big deal? Why does a glance at someone else's book, thrown by a fellow passenger, awaken so much anger and irritation in us? Let's try to figure out.

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7 Books About North Korea that will Surprise You

16 Apr 2021

What do we know about North Korean literature? In fact, almost nothing. What about literature about the country itself? The National Library is full of amazing books on the subject that have become rare in stores or have disappeared altogether. Fasten your seat belts: we are starting a long journey to the most mysterious country of our time.

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Missing Girls: The Story Trope We Need

15 Apr 2021

The disappearance move is almost more common in detective stories and thrillers than finding a dead body in a locked room or investigating serial murders. The main character follows in the footsteps of the lost lover, daughter or close friend, revealing more and more secrets that filled her life along the way. Fascinatingly, isn’t it? Certainly. Just pay attention: the statistics of such literary disappearances has a significant gender preponderance. So why does a woman disappear in every book? Let's take a look at the history of one of the most popular tropes in modern detective fiction.

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The Art of Sorting: How to Organize your Bookshelves and Stay Sane

8 Apr 2021

Take a look at your bookshelf. Closer. What does it remind you of? An uneven row of books of all sizes and colours? Perfectly even row, where everything is arranged exactly in alphabetical order? Chaotically volumes thrown on each other mixed with postcards and magazine inserts? Whatever is in your bookcase, you've probably thought about sorting it at least once. Home libraries always look flawless in photographs and in movies – if only it were like this at home! It's time to dust off the spines and learn about ways to tidy up your bookshelves. And to figure out how the National Library is doing it.

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A Brief History of Reading in Four Acts with Interludes

3 Apr 2021

Arguably, the history of reading is the most curious and non-standard element of book culture, because the process is so natural! We wonder about the origins of book spines, bookmarks, capital letters and archetypal plots, but what about reading itself? From clay tablets to libraries, from reading aloud to speed reading: a fascinating story was under our own very noses all this time. It's time to dig into it.

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Famous writers and their crazy daily routines

30 Mar 2021

How does your day begin? The howl of an alarm clock, a whistling kettle, the noise of a crowded bus, the click of a turnstile in the subway ... It's sad to admit, but everyday life is everyday life - our daily routines are usually simple, prosaic and similar to each other like two drops of water. But for people from the world of creativity, isn't everything different? Writing isn't waiting for you in the office from nine to six, it's always with you. So how can you live if work does not leave you for a minute, and inspiration is ready to slip away at any moment? Let's take the liberty of taking a look at how famous writers of the past lived – point by point and by hour.

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Books written in the second-person: all the pros and cons

16 Mar 2021

If writers have unspoken rules, one of them almost certainly sounds like "don't write in the second person." After all, such an appeal to the reader looks at least specific, as a maximum it is uncomfortable, it is better not to risk it. But is it worth it to be so categorical about this technique? Well, let's find out!

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The fascinating history of an ex-libris

22 Feb 2021

We love buying books even more than reading. After all, who doesn't dream of your own home library? Acquiring a new book is a very special excitement, the feeling of having something truly amazing, a whole world in paper. And, of course, on such important things one involuntarily wants to write in big letters "MINE". Humanity has courteously taken care of this. Keep your sense of beauty and possessiveness at the ready: today we will look at a brief history of ex-libris.

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Reading Aloud: How, With Whom and Why

11 Feb 2021

Remote work, self-isolation and other "pleasures" of modern life sometimes make you feel disconnected from society. There is only you and the walls of your apartment. Do you feel like the last person on the planet? Are you losing touch with family, friends and reality? We have one fun way to get you back on the ground – with the help of books, of course. Or rather, with a way to absorb them. Stretch your vocal cords: it's time to talk about reading aloud!

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What is ergodic literature and why You should not be scared of it

3 Feb 2021

Ergodic literature sounds like something sinister and forbidden, doesn't it? It would be worth calling ergodic old books in leather covers, hiding in themselves dark secrets or something like that. It's too much like Lovecraft. But it is worth looking at such books closer, and it turns out that there is nothing frightening in them (except the name, of course). Gather all your literary makings: we immerse ourselves in the world of books, whose text is curled up so that you love and hate it at the same time.

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Book Walker, Book Mouse or Audiohound: What Kind of Reader are You?

29 Jan 2021

Everything affects our perception of a book – our mood on that day, the quality of the paper, the time of day and, of course, the place of reading. What can be more important than that? When you are comfortable, even the most difficult constructions are read in one breath. It is easier for someone to concentrate in the deep silence of their own room, and someone can not read without a library atmosphere around. So many places to read, so many nuances!

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Don't panic: why it is good for children to read scary stories and how to do it properly

20 Jan 2021

Haunted houses, living dead, ominous curses... Scary stories have always been considered something for older audiences, not worth giving to children. And in vain: there is much more benefit in horror stories than ephemeral harm. But you should be approached wisely to such books. Today we will figure out how to open the forbidden world of scary stories for a child and why this is generally useful.

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History of Dust Jacket (It's More Interesting Than You Think)

14 Jan 2021

Let's face it, when we pick a book, we all look at the cover. Book design is gaining momentum right now and it's always nice to have a beautifully designed home library. Now think, how many of your books still have dust covers? What happens to them after the purchase? Do you throw them away, leaving the book intact, or, on the contrary, keep a more colourful wrapper for the glory of aesthetics?

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Cats, apples and funny hats: unusual habits of writers

5 Jan 2021

Who among us has not faced a creative stagnation? Whether you're doing, painting or baking cupcakes, a sudden crisis spares no one, and now you are sad on the edge of the sofa, unable to do what you love. So how to prevent sudden stagnation in the middle of the workflow? That's right - to make an eccentric habit! Get out the blue crayons and sherry: today we take a look at the most unusual writing habits of famous authors, which helped them to fight fatigue, crisis and... own laziness.

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