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Artful
Artful | Ali Smith
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A stimulating combination of literary criticism, essay, and fiction (The New Yorker) from the incomparable Ali Smith Artful is a celebration of literatures worth in and to the worldit is about the things art can do, the things art is made of, and the quicksilver nature of all artfulness. A magical hybrid that refuses to be tied down to either fiction or the essay form, Artful is narrated by a character who is hauntedliterallyby a former lover, the writer of a series of lectures about art and literature. Ali Smiths heady powers as a novelist and short story writer harmonize with her keen perceptions as a reader and critic to form a living thing that reminds us that life and art are never separate.
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Artful | Ali Smith
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A cottage and a stack of books. 😊

#happiness #artmatters #art #bookworm #readers

ShyBookOwl I adore this! 😍 6mo
CKBrooke How I envision my golden years!! 6mo
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Moray_Reads
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I could quote from every page ❤️ (but I won't!)

saresmoore Oh, but I wish you would! 8mo
Moray_Reads @saresmoore you can only get the full wonder from Ali herself. It's such a beautiful book ❤️ 8mo
vivastory @saresmoore I agree with Moray. This is a fantastic book. 8mo
saresmoore @vivastory I already added it to my to-buy list! After tax refund, that is. 8mo
Moray_Reads @saresmoore @vivastory I don't want to pressure you or anything but she's my favourite living writer so I'd recommend her entire back catalogue. Except the Accidental, that one didn't work for me for some reason 8mo
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Moray_Reads
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TheDaysGoBy
Artful | Ali Smith
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I don‘t have much artistic ability (my sister got that gene), but me, her, and our mother did a Painting with a Twist class back in April. This was the result. Not too bad overall. I‘m #grateful for the beauty #art provides and how every person gets something different out of it. I wish I had the picture of all three of our paintings because it was funny how different they looked for being the same scene

#gratitude30

Zelma I did one of these once and had such a fun time. I really want to do it again! 10mo
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Moray_Reads
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1. #edbookfest! The marvelous Ali Smith who ALMOST sat in a booth with @scripturient and I. So close.
2. Researching for a blog on medieval girdle books
3. ALL DAY
4. I've just moved but the few encounters I've had have been friendly
5. Re-read an old favourite
#humpdaypost @MinDea

scripturient Oh yes, that was such an amazing moment. Too bad she decided to move some place else after all. 😩 13mo
Moray_Reads @scripturient it was that strange guy in our booth. He scared her away! 13mo
scripturient @Moray_Reads Or it was my over-enthusiastic grinning. 🙈🤣 But yeah, the guy really was weird. Did you see the journal he kept leafing through? I‘m not sure if I found the thing artistic or psychologically worrisome. 🤔 13mo
Moray_Reads @scripturient worrisome. He kept laughing at weird moments! 13mo
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bedandabook
Artful | Ali Smith
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I visited Blickling Hall in Norfolk today, where they have one of the finest rare book collections in England, and they had some fun art installations on. Thought I‘d share one!

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Oh my, I want to start picking them up! 😬 13mo
suvata @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I want to help you do it. (edited) 13mo
CouronneDhiver Oh dear. Quick- let‘s help them all back to the shelves! 📚📚📚 13mo
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BookaholicNatty Meee too!!!! 13mo
bedandabook @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @suvata @CouronneDhiver @BookaholicNatty I know, it was hard to stop myself! 😂 I was worried about such a waste of books, but they promised they only used ones that were going to go to pulp or recycling. (edited) 13mo
sprainedbrain Oh wow!! 13mo
bedandabook @sprainedbrain I know! They really were an amazing sight. 13mo
merelybookish How fun! 13mo
bedandabook It was, @merelybookish! They had quite a few on, all book-themed and dotted around the house and gardens. 13mo
Lcsmcat @suvata @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Me too! It raises my blood pressure just looking at it! 13mo
Tamra Awesome! 13mo
bedandabook It is, @Tamra, isn‘t it?! 13mo
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vivastory
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Smith's book defies categorization, it's narrator is haunted (figuratively & literally) by his deceased lover. A series of four lectures at St. Anne's College provided the genesis of this book. The narrative illustrates the theme of the four sections (On time, On form, On edge & On offer & on reflection); while the narrator discovers talks in his partner's papers that function as miniature impassioned & thoughtful essays. Smith masterfully 👇

vivastory illustrates the interweaving of life & art. Her interests in art are as broad as the range of emotions she conveys. I know that this is one I will be returning to in the future. 1y
Moray_Reads Hey books are so thoughtful, often I have to put them down and think for a while. This is one of the best for that 1y
vivastory @Moray_Reads I had to read this one over a couple of days, there was so much to ponder. Not only her insights into art, but also the intricate wordplay. I've read only 3 of her books, but she's quickly become a favorite 1y
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vivastory
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😂😂

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vivastory
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2/2

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vivastory
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Chabon adapted this scene in his fantastic, "Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay" 1/2

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vivastory
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Leonora Carrington has been one of my favorite artists for many many years.

Moray_Reads I always go back and forth between this and There But For The as my favourite Ali Smith 1y
Moray_Reads Or Hotel World. It's too hard to choose! 1y
vivastory I think Hotel World, or Autumn, will be my next Smith. 1y
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vivastory
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The sentence that is cut off at the top of the page, reads, "Great books are adaptable; they alter with us as we alter in life, they renew themselves as we change and re-read them at different times in our lives."

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FeastOfFiction
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Not book related. Just have to brag on my daughter for winning Best of Show in our local art show.

Alfoster Wowie! Very cool!👏👏👏👏😍 1y
JoScho Love it! 1y
tournevis 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏 1y
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AmyG Wow. How wonderful 🎉 1y
ElishaLovesBooks Wow! Congratulations!🎉🎉 1y
MiyakoBunny I‘d brag too wonderful 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 1y
Ingerella Awesome! Congrats! 🎉🎉 1y
tammysue Love this - She did an outstanding job! 👏🏻👏🏻 1y
Reggie Awwwww!!!! Nice. 1y
Mollyanna Woo-hoo! Congratulations! 1y
lauraodom That‘s awesome! 1y
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Eggs
Artful | Ali Smith
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ART ATTACK!!! Is it Monday again?!?!

1. Cover art: Language Arts by Stephanie Kallos. Loved the book too❣️
2. I have so many favorite artists: G. Eggleston, Degas, Hopper, Wyeth, Monet
3. Favorite painting is above: an oil painting done by my late husband that hangs in my kitchen
4. Favorite art museum: Harry Ransom art center (Austin) and National Gallery of Art (Washington DC)
#manicmonday @JoScho
Thanks @JoScho ❤️😊😍

rohit-sawant Wonderful painting. 💕 1y
JoScho Love that painting ❤️ 1y
Eggs @rohit-sawant @joscho Thank you 😊 (edited) 1y
tammysue Beautiful! x 1y
Eggs Thank you 😍😘 @whatshesreadingnow 1y
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erinreads
Artful | Ali Smith
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I feel like I‘m decorating challenged. I‘m trying to put together some stuff to hang back in my reading room and I‘m slowly collecting stuff to hang and it‘s taking me forever because I get so picky about frames or how to actually hang stuff. Which one looks better? It‘s just a 4x6 print so it‘s not too big.

Lizpixie I like A but it‘s a bit too big 2y
CocoReads I like A, I love white frames but that one makes the print look too squished. But I‘m decorating challenged as well. 2y
jessijames I like A! 2y
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Jess7 Both are cute! I think I prefer B 2y
2BR02B I think the matting on A cuts off too much of the piece, so my vote is for B. 2y
DivineDiana I agree about the squished look on B with @CocoReads So A, although I prefer a white frame. 2y
Pamwurtzler I think B - I like the white frame better. 2y
TheLibrarian I like A! 2y
vkois88 As a framer, I'd go with A. It's more aesthetically pleasing in terms of the spacing. If it is not going on the wall pictured, it shouldn't clash at all. If it is, I would probably get the same frame as A in the white color to make it pop, but potentially with a colored mat since it looks to be a 5x7 frame. 2y
YouReadMyEyes I like the white frame on B. But I like the matte spacing on A. 2y
AmyG A 2y
vkois88 A red mat would really pop the colors within, especially with a white frame around it... if I'm not mistaken, you got them both at michaels? A looks like a Belmont or Logan frame, both of which should be available in white, and there are definitely precut mats that should work 😊 2y
Alfoster Agree with @vkois88 ! 2y
erinreads @vkois88 Yep, both from Michaels. You‘re good! The gray one is a Belmont. I‘ll go back and look for a white frame and look at the colored mats. And basically what I‘m gathering from this is that I can just come to you with any framing questions and advice in the future! 😂😂😂😘 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa A, it‘s all about the matting 2y
GirlMeetsBook Definitely A. B looks squished in the frame. 2y
vkois88 @erinreads lol most definitely! I love doing it... I help my friends and family too 😊 if you don't like a red mat, check for a blue one. Both are primary colors and accent all the secondary colors in there to help them pop!! 2y
vkois88 I'd have to say the most brag-worthy piece I've designed was for Anne Marie Pace, the author of Vampirina. She came in with a print of one of the illustrations and I put it together for her. I also just did a Black Panther piece for my friend, and put together an awesome selection for a Metroid poster for my brother. Sadly, we didn't put that together in time and we no longer carry one of the mats 😣 2y
tournevis A. No Contest. 2y
Cortg A, for sure! 2y
Karkar A 2y
Eggs A 2y
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robinb
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@GondorGirl I love this company's bookish art! I've purchased prints, bookmarks, notecards, etc.
Great quality and original fun designs! Discovered them on Etsy.

https://obviousstate.com/

#LiteraryArt

rubyslippersreads 😍😍😍 2y
GondorGirl That's so beautiful! Wow! 😻😻😻 2y
robinb @GondorGirl I know! I love everything they do...wish I could afford one of everything. 🤣 2y
GondorGirl @robinb The whole "Bloom" collection... I need one of everything! 2y
robinb @GondorGirl I got the Bloom bookmarks...beautiful. I love the quotes they choose and how slyly their prints depict them. One of my favorites is the Fitzgerald "Martini" print. (edited) 2y
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Mccall0113
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#CoverToCover package going out tomorrow! With a little help from my munchkin. #LitsyGoesPostal

Betty Love her art!! 2y
tpixie Adorable!! Great color choice!!! 2y
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Clever trees. Know-it-all trees. I was tired of trees. I looked up at the sky. It was there, like it always was, like it always would be. It was regardless. It has no eyes for anything but itself. Cut me open with a knife the color of that January sky, take a sliver of sky as sharp as a cheesewire and split me down the center from here at the top of my head, and what would be inside?

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BooksGirlsCats
Artful | Ali Smith
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My nomination for #artrelatedbooks is Artful, by Ali Smith. This was the first Ali Smith I read and I loved it, of course.
It's a mix of poetry, art essays and fiction and it is so, so clever. I love that feeling when you finish a book and you've enjoyed it and you've learnt so much at the same time!

#seasonsreadings @RealLifeReading

RealLifeReading Lovely photo! 3y
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MamaGina
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Trying my first Ali Smith🤓

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scripturient
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Put your feet up and read! 😊

LauraBeth That looks heavenly 3y
Gayan I long to be doing that instead of dealing with people. 3y
Lindy This book really made me think. I was glad to discuss it at one of my Feminist Book Club meetings. 3y
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