Monday News: Prince saved a library, books as lifesavers, Shrewsbury & comics, and NYC from a dog’s POV
Prince made secret donation to support Louisville’s historic Western Branch Library in 2001 – Prince had an extensive history of philanthropy, especially toward African American communities, most of which he carried out anonymously. Among his good deeds was a library-saving donation to the Western Branch Library in Louisville, Kentucky, which was made public last week:
“A little known Prince factoid. When Prince read that Louisville was going close the Western Branch Library ( which is the first full service library for African Americans in country) he wrote a $10,000 check to the Western Branch Library Association to support the library.”
Louisville Western Branch Library opened in 1905 as the first library in the nation to provide services exclusively for the African-American community, utilizing only African-American staff. – Insider Louisville
Books saved my life. They really did – A really lovely little essay by Karen Brooks on the critical role reading and books have played in her life at difficult and important moments. From allowing her to see that the world was not a completely unsafe place (from childhood abuse) to being able to “bridge” new relationships online and off, I suspect many readers can relate to her sentiments, even if their life circumstances don’t mirror hers.
It’s no understatement that books saved me. It was through reading books and comics that I came to understand hope is not a foolish concept, love is transformative, heroes and friends come in all guises and monsters can be vanquished. . . .
Books are the imaginative wallpaper in our house; they linger in the cyberspace of my Kindle as well: all genres, many, many nationalities. They’re a font of incredible knowledge, wisdom, joy, sadness, and my forever companion — one that will both challenge and succour me. – Daily Telegraph
Shrewsbury – the unofficial home of the British comics industry – I had no idea so many comic book creators and artists came from Shropshire. Robbie Morrison (2000 AD), Deborah Tate (Sonic the Comic), John Wagner (Judge Dredd) and others reside and work there, in part because the lower cost of renting space and the mobility created by the Internet, Shrewsbury hosts and has produced quite a few stand-outs in the industry:
As some of Britain’s top cartoonists have been gathering for a festival celebrating their skills, the casual observer might be surprised to learn of its setting – Shrewsbury. So just how has an English market town near the Welsh border become the unofficial capital of the UK cartoon industry?
It has hosted the festival for 13 years but its connection with comics and cartoons does not stop there – in fact Shrewsbury is home to some of the most celebrated cartoonists working in Britain today.
Charlie Adlard, the artist behind the internationally successful series, The Walking Dead, is perhaps the most high profile. – BBC
An Illustrated Tour of New York City from a Dog’s Point of View – Oh, what a cool looking books (click on the link and check out the pics). Not only because it features the hilarious idea of illustrating NYC from a dog’s POV, but also because the illustrations are just amazing (the one of the Guggenheim, in particular, is stunning).
In Americanine: A Haute Dog in New York (public library), French illustrator Yann Kebbi takes us on an imaginative and infectiously enthusiastic tour of the city from the point of view of a dog, “a merry canine” — a creature full of goodwill and earnest wonderment at the world, wholly devoid of the petty cynicisms that blind us to the miraculousness of so much humanity compressed into such a small space. It is only through such eyes of fiery friendliness that we begin to add music and meaning — to New York, to any city, to life itself. . . .
The playfulness of the canine perspective extends a warm invitation to pause and marvel at some of the absurd things we humans do, which we’ve come to take for granted in the rhythm of daily life. As the dog peers through the window of a giant gym and watches people run in place without getting anywhere, one is suddenly reminded of how silly much of what we do would seem to a rational observer. – Brain Pickings