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The Library of Congress has added a first ever emoji book
Emoji are the language of the digital generation. They are small symbols like smiley faces and hearts that you can add to text messages or social media updates, and that are usually used to express a person’s attitude, feelings, or mood :-)
The Library of Congress has just acquired the first ever book that contains emoji. It’s Emoji Dick by Fred Benenson, and it’s concept is highly innovative: Moby Dick, Herman Melville’s famous novel of heroic determination and the power of man, was translated into Japanese emoji icons.
Fred Benenson is a data engineer. In 2009 he run a successful Kickstarter campain to raise money to complete the book. Then, via Amazon Mechanical Turk, he contracted thousands of people to translate one sentence of the book into emoji, had the best ones voted into place and compiled the book from those.
A recommending officer for the Library of Congress, Michael Neubert, said:
There is, in the literal sense, no other book in the Library’s collections like it. What is striking for the Library’s collections about this work is that it takes a known classic of literature and converts it to a construct of our modern way of communicating, making possible an investigation of the question, “is it still a literary classic when written in a kind of smart phone based pidgin language?”
Here’s the permalink to the official Library of Congress catalog record.
We wrote about Fred Benenson before. He is an extremely creative person who inspires others to discover new ways of presenting data. Recently he created a fantastic interactive chart that reflects how favorite books of 100 leading cultural people match with each other.
Via United States Government Blog.
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The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes
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by Suzanne Collins
Part 1: The Mentor
Coriolanus released the fistful of cabbage into the pot of boiling water and swore that one day it would never pass his lips again. But this was not that day. He needed to eat a large bowl of the anemic stuff, and drink every drop of broth, to prevent his stomach from growling during the reaping ceremony. It was one of a long list of precautions he took to mask the fact that his family, despite residing in the penthouse of the Capitol’s most opulent apartment building, was as poor as district scum. That at eighteen, the heir to the once-great house of Snow had nothing to live on but his wits.
His shirt for the reaping was worrying him. He had an acceptable pair of dark dress pants bought on the black market last year, but the shirt was what people looked at. Fortunately, the Academy provided the uniforms it required for daily use. For today’s ceremony, however, students were instructed to be dressed fashionably but with the solemnity the occasion dictated. Tigris had said to trust her, and he did. Only his cousin’s cleverness with a needle had saved him so far. Still, he couldn’t expect miracles.
The shirt they’d dug from the back of the wardrobe—his father’s, from better days—was stained and yellowed with age, half the buttons missing, a cigarette burn on one cuff. Too damaged to sell in even the worst of times, and this was to be his reaping shirt? This morning he had gone to her room at daybreak, only to find both his cousin and the shirt missing. Not a good sign. Had Tigris given up on the old thing and braved the black market in some last-ditch effort to find him proper clothing? And what on earth would she possess worth trading for it? Only one thing—herself—and the house of Snow had not yet fallen that far. Or was it falling now as he salted the cabbage?
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