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“Bookstores have always driven me crazy. So much to read and so little time! And now with our lives chock full of content–Netlflix, podcasts, social media, and the 24 hour news cycle–when the hell are we supposed to find the time to get through a book? This dilemma has haunted me for awhile. So I decided to make a film about it, hoping to find a way through my bookstore anxiety–a way to re-balance my content diet in order to read more books. Making this film brought me to a place of clarity. I hope it does the same for you.”

Beautiful bookstores and asking “experts” how to read more—what more could you want from a documentary?!


“Thousands of words and phrases in existence in 1870 have drifted away, or changed their forms, or been absorbed, while as many have been added or are being added. ‘Passing English’ ripples from countless sources, forming a river of new language which has its tide and its ebb, while its current brings down new ideas and carries away those that have dribbled out of fashion. Not only is ‘Passing English’ general ; it is local ; often very seasonably local.”

A witty dictionary of Victorian slang!


“Tochi Onyebuchi’s young adult books, the duology Beasts Made of Night and Crown of Thunder, are fantasy novels with a Nigeria-influenced setting. His upcoming War Girls is set in a post-nuclear, post-climate change Nigeria of 2172. Riot Baby, his first novel for adults (also forthcoming), is a dystopian story about supernatural powers and American racism. Suffice to say, Onyebuchi knows a thing or two about envisioning alternate pasts, presents, and futures of the African and Black American experience. So we can’t wait to read his picks of Afrofuturist novels that aren’t written by men.”

More book lists like this, please and thank you!

Documentary Looks For Most Beautiful Bookstore and How To Read More: Critical Linking, July 9, 2019

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