Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Literary Jukebox

Literary JukeboxWe are trained from a young age to put things into boxes. There is art and there is science. You are either a modernist or a traditionalist. Vigilante Living believes these arbitrary boxes to be inaccurate ways of organizing ideas, people and art. The brilliant blogger Maria Popova of Brain Pickings understands this and uses her blog to dissemble these boxes in a most refreshing way. Her newest side project, Literary Jukebox, unboxes the worlds of literature and music and groups songs and books in associative pairs. Every day, a quote from a book Popova has appreciated is paired with a song that she feels aligns with it. The song and the quote are often sisterly in nature rather than identical, which makes them all the more interesting. It is a genius concept and I love her for creating this side project. To read more about Maria Popova, see the New York Times feature on her from November 2012. She is a true Vigilante in her thinking: “Brain Pickings is a human-powered discovery engine for interestingness, a subjective lens on what matters in the world and why, bringing you things you didn’t know you were interested in — until you are.” This woman’s brain is on fire — for highbrow intellectual pursuits (i.e. Italo Calvino quoted below!) to pop culture references and trashy Americana. Amen, Popova.  Please keep up the wonderful work in box deconstruction.

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