Living Books

When you really love a book, do you protect the way it lives in your imagination? Or do you want to bring it to life as much as possible?

I’m not just talking about movie castings, though I happily argue about this as much as the next bookworm (loved DiCaprio’s Gatsby; undecided about the identity shifting in Cloud Atlas, and don’t even get me started on the disaster that was Russell Crowe in Les Miserables).  The wild wacky world of the internet transforms reading into a nearly 3D experience, from playlists curated by authors to book-inspired recipes. There’s even a community called Small Demons that aims to collect, well, everything, that appears in a book – if I’m ever late replying to your email, look for me in their happiest of rabbit holes, Books Mentioned in Other Books.

But it looks like Donna Tartt may have trumped the internet once and for all. Her new and much-anticipated novel The Goldfinch is published today, and shares a title with a painting by Carel Fabritius, a 17th century Dutch painter who studied with Rembrandt… Well, it just so happens that this very painting is included in a new Dutch Masterpieces exhibit that opens, you guessed it, TODAY. So if you’re in the NYC area, head over to The Frick Collection and bring the book to life, no wifi needed.


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