A Five Book Birthday Salute to D.H. Lawrence

Hailed as a genius by some, labelled an out-of-fashion misogynist by others, he’s probably best known for his novels Sons and Lovers and Lady Chatterley’s Lover. But he also explored an extraordinary range of emotions and subject matter and was a prolific short story writer, poet, playwright, essayist, translator, painter and man of letters.

Happy Birthday to D.H Lawrence, easily one of the most controversial writers of the 20th century. His “works, among other things, represent an extended reflection upon the dehumanizing effects of modernity and industrialization. In them, some of the issues Lawrence explores are emotional health, vitality, spontaneity and instinct.” source  

Ironically,  Lawrence was born in the same month we now celebrate Banned Books Week. His novel Lady Chatterley’s Lover being a poster child for censorship for it was banned for more than 30 years in both Britain and America after it was published. 

For more on Lawrence, the University of Nottingham has a website devoted to all things D.H. Lawrence.

The Books:

The First Edition of Lady Chatterley’s Lover, 1928.

The Virgin And The Gipsy1930.

D. H. Lawrence An Unprofessional Study by Anais Nin, 1932.

Fantasia of the Unconscious. Published by Thomas Seltzer in New York, 1922.

Sons and Lovers. Published by Duckworth. London, 1913.



Louise Fili exhibiton at the ADC

Elegantissima: The Exhibit opened this Wednesday, September 10th at the Art Directors Club. The show was designed by Kevin O’Callaghan and displays four decades of Louise Fili’s work, all set within beautifully crafted and themed room environments. 

Be sure to see the exhibit before it ends on September 19th (the ADC is located at 106 West 29th Street, NYC) and discover more of Louise’s fine work in Elegantissima: The Design and Typography of Louise Fili (2012). 

Little Free Library Love at the Seattle Design Festival

This year’s Seattle Design Festival included A Little Free Library Design/Build Competition called Libraries on the Loose!

The challenge:  To design, build and steward a Little Free Library (LFL) prototype that promotes community and literacy in Seattle’s neighborhoods! The budget was $150 and all entrants had to submit documentation of their efforts including assembly instructions. One goal was to establish an inexpensive prototype that could serve as a template for future LFL builders.

Twenty teams entered and the winner was “Spinning Stories” by Johnston Architects.

Gotta love the umbrella.

From the call for entries:

Little Free Libraries are small-scale book shelters that function as “take-a-book, leave a-book” gathering places. They provide a location where the free exchange of books, ideas, stories, and interests contribute to a shared experience valued by neighbors and visitors. Literacy forms the foundation of educational and professional opportunity. Our communities are our neighbors, family, and friends, providing a network of support and connection. Consider the library as more than just an enclosure for books, but as a part of a system that supports professional opportunity and community resiliency, through the ever-changing collection of books and the spontaneous interactions they provide.


More at the Seattle Times: Little Free Libraries show some novel charm

Previously on Book Patrol:
The Evolution of the Little Free Library 
The coolest little free library yet?

Photos of Spinning Stories by Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times