The murmur of the snarkmatrix…

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Still can’t do this with CSS
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I am in feed acquisition mode again after years of pruning. Here are two current favorites that pair well.

First, there’s Erik Wakkel, a medieval book historian in the Netherlands. He tends to share delightful marginalia and scraps of illumination, like this dragon.

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Or this sketch of Tolkien’s.

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Second is Harvard’s Houghton Library, easily my favorite tumblr in the world. There’s something about this mode of presentation — a continuous feed, new images every day, rather than a static exhibition, a vast archive — that makes these very old books feel new again. Stock as flow.

I think this one is basically my typographic ideal for Snarkmarket:

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I love those tumblrs, too (unsurprisingly). My favorite, though, is University of Iowa’s Special Collections’ which is full of genius things. It, like Houghton’s, has an astonishing range of goodies. But it also does these nice themed series, like their miniature Mondays, and explorations into the stacks, and did I mention the animated gifs? Dancing books!

Ooh this is a good tip!

Marginal dragons are sweet but not nearly as scary as marginal snails. Even marginal knights are scared of marginal snails. Maybe we can have a Snarksnail. Via Kenneth Lu on Google Plus.

Louis-Jean says…

There are jQuery plugins that will automatically make use of Jessica Hische’s drop caps on your text.

Derrick says…

Robin is this a challenge? If so I provisionally accept.

Ah hahaha! My secret plan has succeeded!

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