Though not released to the internet at large yet, I’ve been given the go-ahead to share three new book trailers I created here. Drunk with power, I also decided to make a new page on the site just for book trailers. I want to make them all the time! Do you need book trailers? Call this guy!
Here are the recent three. Unlike the other book trailers I’ve done, I got to actually read these three books before I made the trailers. I would especially recommend Life After Life, coming out in March. Such a good book.
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
Countdown by Alan Weisman
The Hive by Gil Hornby
Allow me to present 1963′s “The Bookshelf for Boys and Girls, Volume 7: Nature and Science.” I am so smitten with these simple black line illustrations and their bright color accents. So bold! My favorite is the snake biting its tail in preparation, according to the text, to roll away when danger approaches and the caption, “This is something that snakes never really do” – too bad, because that would be awesome. Imagine a snake barreling towards you like a hoola hoop!
And of course, the narwhal…if there’s one thing you need to know about me, it’s that I really REALLY love narwhals.
Actually, I also love the scientist “preparing questions for the brain machine.” I love how he looks kind of harried and tired, like he’s been up all night trying to stump the brain machine without success. Damn you, brain machine! Damn Yooooouuuu!
The Bookshelf for Boys and Girls
"Preparing questions for the brain machine"
How We Can Fly
"This is something snakes never really do"
How a Home Works
On Friday, June 4, I’m hosting a talk by Amy Stewart, author of Wicked Plants at Observatory.
Observatory is the gallery/event space in the Gowanus area of Brooklyn that I co-founded a little over a year ago with 6 other artists and writers (including Dylan). We host lectures, screenings, readings and illustrated discussions on a broad range of topics, each member hosting events that appeal to their interests, though most of our events do have a common theme – the place where art and science meet.
Copper etching by Briony Morrow-Cribbs for the book Wicked Plants by Amy Stewart
Wicked Plants is definitely that. Besides an illustrated lecture from Amy, we will also have a slide show of botanical drawings from the book. After exchanging a few emails with the artist to organize the slideshow, I was shocked to suddenly realize that I knew her! Briony Morrow-Cribbs and I went to Bennington College together for a year or so. I haven’t seen her in many many years, but what a surprise to have found her completely by coincidence, and to see what incredible work she’s been doing since then.
If you’re in the Brooklyn area, consider making it out to Observatory to hear about deadly plants and some fun plant history. More info here.
Oh David Attenborough. Your life is my life map.
If you haven’t read David Attenborough’s autobiography, Life on Air: Memoirs of a Broadcaster, well, you’re in for a treat. His unending and purely genuine fascination is inspiring on its own, but his incredible ability to elicit those feelings in others is truly encouraging. Also – how cool is he?!
Young David Attenborough recording frog chorus in Sierra Leone in the 1950s