See How a Japanese Craftsman Restores a Battered Old Book

By January 11, 2018Literature

No doubt many of you have a treasured book that you’ve read countless times, but numerous re-reads can take their toll, especially on old books. Those of you beginning to worry about the battered spine and dog-eared pages of your favourite novel will be interested to see this skilled Japanese craftsman restore a seriously tattered 1000 page dictionary back to its former glory.

As MyModernMet reports, an episode of a show called Shuri, Bakaseru (translation: The Fascinating Craftsman) featured a very talented artisan named Nobuo Okano, who specializes in restoring old books. In just a 10 minute segment, he showed how he restored the old English-to-Japanese dictionary. The dictionary belonged to his customer as a student and, now the customer’s daughter is beginning college, he wanted to have it restored so he can pass it on to her.

Firstly, Okano begins by cleaning the old glue from the book’s spine and then repairs damaged pages, including the maps. They’re glued onto new paper and thus given a solid base. The most tedious part of the restoration sees Okano unfold the book’s bent page corners with tweezers, he then iron each one out. To freshen up the tips of the pages that are stained by ink, Okano uses a guillotine book cutter to trim the pages and remove the stains.

The last step is creating a new cover for the book. Okano uses the salvaged title from the original cover and puts it onto the new one. The dictionary now looks as good as new and is ready to be returned to his grateful, and no doubt very impressed, customer.

When autobiographies go bad: reality stars and book deals.

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Autobiographies are supposed to be books about someone’s life written by that same someone… In other cases it is written by another person and is then called a ‘biography’. Pretty simple right?

It seems there are different rules when it comes to ‘reality TV stars’.

A fantastic interview from a UK publication Now Magazine was printed recently where they interviewed ‘celebrity’ Gemma Collins from television series The Only Way Is Essex (or: TOWIE).

It came to light that Gemma ‘I’m a big fan of the dictionary‘ Collins (yes she really said that in an interview once) is likely to have never read her own book -let alone written it. In a car-crash interview, printed in full by Now Magazine, the celeb and the journalist created what could be the worst interview about a book ever.

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Watch Shakespeare’s Juliet Capulet as a bisexual vampire

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Have you ever wondered if Juliet Capulet would make a good vampire? Or whether she was absolutely heterosexual? Yeah… Me neither… But it seems those questions will be answered anyway.

With a Kiss I Die is a new film directed by Ronnie Khalil. The Shakespearean classic has been reimagined as a vampiric romp, answering that age-old question of ‘what if Juliet Capulet was turned into a vampire and discovers her bisexuality?’

It is set 800 years after the death of Romeo and the death of Juliet as a mortal… Juliet (played by Ella Kweku), meets Farryn (Paige Emerson) who captures her heart much like Romeo had all those centuries ago.  Once again it seems the lovers are star-crossed as the ruthless head of Juliet’s vampire family does not approve of the lesbionics. Juliet finds she must choose between her love and her family, and is understandably nervous that she will be repeating her past and inviting tragedy once more.

With a Kiss I Die is released on August the 28th 2018 and you can preorder the film on iTunes.

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Prison bans George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire Books

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Books are one of the few luxuries inmates in prisons do have access to and they can be essential when it comes to keeping the minds of the incarcerated stimulated. Generally speaking, most books are okay for prisoners to read, provided they’re first checked for hidden contraband, but it seems George R.R. Martin’s fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire has fallen foul of the law.

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British rapper Stormzy launches Merky Books publishing imprint

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Stormzy was born Michael Omari in July 1993 in London. He rose to fame as a grime artist and rapper, and won ‘Best Grime Act’ at the 2014 and 2015 MOBO Awards. His debut album, Gang Signs & Prayer, was released in 2017 and was the first ever grime album to reach number one on the UK Albums Chart.

Ever the supporter of new artists and ambitious, young people, Stormzy has teamed up with Penguin Random House to create his own imprint #Merky Books. This will be added to his other projects: his record label, #Merky Records, and his own music festival in Ibiza, #Merky Festival.

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Property developers name their new community ‘Gilead’.

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Gilead‘ is known to many literature fans, and television watchers, as the theocratic, authoritarian republic run by an ultra-religious US government created by Margaret Atwood. In Gilead women have no rights, and those unfortunate enough to be able to bear children are forced into sexual slavery. Free speech doesn’t exist and any hint of backlash from the women results in drastic action from those in charge.

Bearing all that in mind: would you name your new community development Gilead?! A group in New South Wales, Australia, has done just that.

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How Tolkien’s love for hearty food influenced his writing

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Tolkien is best known for his Lord of the Rings trilogy and the classic novel The Hobbit, but how much do you know about his passion for wholesome food and how it shows through his writing?

BBC Radio 4’s The Kitchen Cabinet programme (download the weekly podcast) this week was held in Bournemouth where J.R.R. Tolkien would frequently holiday with his family. Dr Una McCormack, Tolkien expert and food lover, spoke with the hosts, Jay Rayner and Sophie Wright, about the author and discussed favourite foodie scenes from The Hobbit.

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