Friday, May 12, 2017

Arts Journal - Words

Some Of The Coolest, Most Interesting Stuff In Medieval Manuscripts Is Off In The Margins

Humans, animals, human-animal hybrids, disembodied limbs and other parts, monkeys playing bagpipes, rabbits in a funeral procession, naked bishops – the surprises are nearly endless. What’s more, says a scholar from the University of Glasgow, these drawings, doodles, and offhand notes can tell us a surprising amount about the people who wrote and read these volumes.

India Gets Its First Official Book Village, An Answer To Hay-On-Wye

Bhilar, a strawberry-farming mountain town of some 5,000 people about 150 miles southeast of Mumbai, has a particularly rich collection of rare books in the Marathi language (as well as works in Hindi and English), and the plan of the Maharashtra state government is to promote literary tourism and host book festivals in Bhilar along the lines of those in the Welsh town of Hay-on-Wye.

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