Experience the Majesty of Notre Dame by Getting a Free Download of the Video Game Assassin’s Creed Unity (Free for a Limited Time)

FYI: In the wake of the great Notre Dame fire, the French video game company Ubisoft has decided to make its popular video game Assassin's Creed Unity free through April 25th, allowing gamers to "experience the majesty and beauty of the cathedral." The gothic cathedral figures centrally in the game. Start your download (available only for PC users) here. Once you download the game, you’ll own it forever in your Uplay games library. Would you like to support the mission of Open Culture? [Read Entire Story]

The Hu, a New Breakthrough Band from Mongolia, Plays Heavy Metal with Traditional Folk Instruments and Throat Singing

Maybe you’re jaded, maybe you think it’s time for heavy metal to finally hang up its spikes, maybe you think there’s nowhere else for the world’s most theatrically angry music to go but maybe bluegrass…. Or maybe Mongolia, where folk metal band The Hu have been inventing what they call “Hunnu Rock,” a style combining Western headbanging with instruments like the horsehead fiddle (morin khuur) and Mongolian guitar (tovshuur). “It also involves singing in a guttural way,” Katya Cengel points out [Read Entire Story]

British Doctors To Prescribe Arts & Culture to Patients: “The Arts Are Essential to our Health and Wellbeing”

Photo by Adam Jones, via Wikimedia Commons The arts and humanities are afterthoughts in many American schools, rarely given priority as part of a comprehensive education, though they formed the basis of one for thousands of years elsewhere. One might say something similar of preventative medicine in the U.S. healthcare system. It’s tempting to idealize the priorities of other wealthy countries. The Japanese investment in “forest bathing,” for example, comes to mind, or Finnish public schools and [Read Entire Story]

3 Indie Comics Publishers You Should Know

What I love about different publishers is that they all have their own flavor. Most have a certain way about them in the writers they work with, the artists they feature, the genres they stick to. Are they doing superheros or do they do more slice of life stories? Do they work with American creators, or creators from everywhere else? They Canadian? There are so many factors that can define great publishers. Even publishers you may not know about, including these ones.  Fantagraphics You’ve most [Read Entire Story]

Book Riot’s Deals of the Day for October 25th, 2018

We’re giving away a custom book stamp for your personal library. Enter here, or just click the image below. Good luck! Today’s Featured Deals The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams for $2.99. Get it here, or just click on the cover image below. Peony in Love by Lisa See for $1.99. Get it here, or just click on the cover image below. Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay for $1.99. Get it here, or just click on the cover image below. In Case You Missed [Read Entire Story]

David Lynch Is Creating a Virtual Reality Experience for Twin Peaks

David Lynch and Mark Frosts Black Lodge/Red Room, the extra-dimensional space that is both an integral part of Twin Peaks and iconic in its set design, is a place most of us would not want to visit. Detective Dale Cooper got trapped there for 25 years and it was not pleasant. But that hasnt stopped fans from wanting to create that space any chance they get, whether as a bar or place to sing karaoke. And when the final episode of the second season showed the lodge was an endless series of rooms [Read Entire Story]

The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #151: David Shields

In Nobody Hates Trump More Than Trump: An Intervention, New York Times bestselling author David Shields expertly dissects, analyzes, and investigates the fascination with and horror of President Trump. Shields uses the “human condition” as a framework to zoom in on how a boy from Queens, New York morphed into a power-hungry germaphobe who takes pride in showcasing the darkest parts of humanity, and how that ultimately led to him occupying 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. In a style you may recognize [Read Entire Story]

The Shirley Jackson 5: The Haunting of Hill House (Eps. 1-5)

Dear TV, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood for eighty years and might stand for eighty more. In other words, Jane Hu and Phil Maciak have resurrected Dear TV and are here to talk about the first half of Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House. (We’ll follow up in a week or two with a post on the back half of the series.) There will be spoilers for episodes 1-5 so, if you’re not caught up, put on a floor-length blue silk nightgown and get [Read Entire Story]

I Will Not Be an Invisible Trans Woman

I understand the betrayal of a flag that James Baldwin describes—this way that you can live in a country and have the profoundest sense that it wishes you did not live there, that it even wishes, perhaps, you lived in the undiscovered country, where no one lives at all. I know it as a person of color, as a woman, as someone who grew up in another country, and, above all, as a transgender person in a moment when I am told—casually, by a leaked memo, which says that the Trump administration wants [Read Entire Story]

Perfect Picture Book Friday! An A to Z of Monsters and Magical Beings by Aidan Onn

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it is perfect for an intermediate beginning reader. An A to Z of Monsters and Magical Beings Written by Aidan Onn Illustrated by Rob Hodgson 56 pages – ages 6+ Published by Lawrence King Publishing on August 22, 2017 Theme/Topic- Mythology/Cryptology/Alphabet Genre- Fiction/Fantasy Opening and [Read Entire Story]

Happy Book Birthdays!

Some amazing books on sale today from Lori Wilde, Maya Rodale,  Shelley Shepard Gray, and Marie Tremayne! There’s a legend in Twilight, Texas. If you sleep with a kismet cookie under your pillow on Christmas Eve, you will dream of your one true love. In the first novel of Maya Rodale’s enthralling new series, an English duke vows to make an American seamstress his duchess… New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray’s latest [Read Entire Story]

The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel: A Story of Sleepy Hollow – Alyssa Palombo

Summary: When Ichabod Crane arrives in the spooky little village of Sleepy Hollow as the new schoolmaster, Katrina Van Tassel is instantly drawn to him. Through their shared love of books and music, they form a friendship that quickly develops into romance. Ichabod knows that as an itinerant schoolteacher of little social standing, he has nothing to offer the wealthy Katrina – unlike her childhood friend-turned-enemy, Brom Van Brunt, who is the suitor Katrina’s father favors.But when romance [Read Entire Story]

The Romanov Empress

The Romanov Empress. C.W. Gortner. 2018. 431 pages. [Source: Review copy]First sentence: "We should dress alike," I said on that afternoon when life changed forever. I didn't yet understand how profound the change would be, but I could feel it as I sat riffling through the heap of boxes sent by Copenhagen's and London's finest emporiums, packed with satin-bowed shoes and beribboned hats, silk undergarments, dresses, corsets, shawls, leather gloves, and cloaks made of fine cashmere or Scottish [Read Entire Story]

How to Make Your Own DIY Book Sleeves (With Photos!)

Book sleeves are a must for any readers who take their books off the shelves and out into the world. These padded fabric pouches prevent all the creasing, marking, and (god forbid!) ripping that tends to happen to books that get carried around in a purse. DIY book sleeves are simple to make, super cute, and make great gifts if you can manage not to keep them all for yourself. These fabric book sleeves are made with quilting cottons, padded with fusible fleece, and have pointed tabs with velcro [Read Entire Story]

Book Riot’s Deals of the Day for July 27th, 2018

We’re giving away $500 of the year’s best YA! Click here, or on the image below to enter: Today’s Featured Deals The Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan for $1.99. Get it here, or just click on the cover image below. Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk for $1.99. Get it here, or just click on the cover image below. The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic by Emily Croy Barker for $1.99. Get it here, or just click on the cover image below. In Case You Missed Yesterday’s [Read Entire Story]

Pianist Plays Beethoven, Bach, Chopin, Ravel & Debussy for Blind Elephants in Thailand

Romsai the elephant wore a red rope around his neck to warn approaching humans that he was a danger to both them and elephants. A dark patch on his head from a temporin secretion indicated that he was in the musth cycle, which only heightened his aggression. His mahouts at the ElephantsWorld sanctuary in Kanchanaburi, Thailand observed that the old, blind elephant was growing more dangerous with age. And yet, he is the personification of sweetness, as pianist Paul Barton serenades him with a [Read Entire Story]

What to Read When Mining Your Anxious, Undiagnosed Childhood

Little Panic: Dispatches from an Anxious Life is a memoir about growing up with an undiagnosed panic disorder in Etan Patz-era Greenwich Village. Instead of being treated for my disordered feelings, my intelligence was chronically tested. The reason and the results were withheld from me and the absence of knowing the answer to myself led me to believe that I was stupid and defective. There was a right way to be, and I wasn’t being it. Because my agony was so overlooked, my aim for this book was [Read Entire Story]

‘Sorry to Bother You’: Boots Riley’s Trojan Horseplay

Acting white is the premise of Boots Riley’s raucous new film, Sorry to Bother You. And no one knows better than black people that acting white—putting on the trappings of privilege, speaking as if you belong, as if you deserve to take whatever you want—has always yielded dividends in America. How do you think we got the Huxtables? And acting white is the premise of Boots Riley’s raucous new film, Sorry to Bother You. What tumbles forth from this premise is a wild, campy romp. Indeed, smuggled [Read Entire Story]

Review! Superfail by Max Brunner

Superfail Written by Max Brunner Illustrated by Dustin MacKay 208 pages – ages 8+ Published by Running Press Kids on November 14, 2017 Synopsis from Publisher- “Diary of a Wimpy Kid meets Big Hero Six when a group of young but defective superheroes attempt to save the day! Laser vision isn’t so hot when you’re cross-eyed, and supersonic flight’s a real downer when motion sickness keeps you grounded. Twelve-year-old Marshall Preston is a Defective–a person with [Read Entire Story]

National Day of the Cowboy

Tomorrow (Saturday, July 28th) is National Day of the Cowboy, but I’ve decided to celebrate a little early. Treat your eyes to these hot cowboys…do you have a favorite?                  The post National Day of the Cowboy appeared first on Avon Romance. SOURCE: Avon Romance - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

An American Marriage – Tayari Jones

Summary: Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn’t commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in [Read Entire Story]

Currently #30

Something OldThe Three Musketeers. Alexandre Dumas. Translated by Richard Pevear. 1844/2006. 704 pages. [Source: Bought]The Blue Fairy Book. Andrew Lang. 1887. 390 pages. [Source: Bought]Something NewThe Romanov Empress. C.W. Gortner. 2018. 431 pages. [Source: Review copy]Something BorrowedThe Hazel Wood. Melissa Albert. 2018. 368 pages. [Source: Library] Something TrueLiving Insights Study Bible. 1996. 1606 pages. [Source: Bought]The Invisible Hand: Do All Things Really Work for Good. R.C. [Read Entire Story]

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