Saturday, March 24, 2012

Tiny Stories from Hit Record


This shouldn't surprise you at all, but librarians are pretty good at categorizing things. To us, it's not only science but an art, and some of us (not me) are better artists than others. But sometimes, an item comes in that sneezes in the face of convention and challenges us to figure out exactly where it belongs. Like people, books can be difficult to label. Sometimes, also like people, they seem to willfully (and belligerently) defy labeling. But we are mighty, and not likely to back down from a challenge. We already determined way back in library school that an antelope is a document (that's right, an antelope), and if an antelope is a document then it can be cataloged, and if an antelope can be cataloged then anything can, even The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories.

This unique tome is a truly nifty little read. It's the result of a collaborative project by contributors to hitRECord.org, a website spawned by actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt where folks contribute music/art/writing and work with other contributors to create awesomeness. Any profits are split amongst the creators.

The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories features mini tales with accompanying illustrations. These stories are about things like love, turtles who don't want to be eaten, death, and King Midas. As I'm writing this, our copy of the book is still in process, because, as I've mentioned, we like to put things in their proper place and we found a more proper place for it. However, I'm so in love with this little red book that I'd say it belongs pretty much anywhere. On a boat, in a tree, on a train, in a dream...

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