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Florence Welch’s Debut Book Is Here and It Is Stunning!

Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine, has just released her debut book, Useless Magic. Published under Penguin Random House and released yesterday, July 5th, this collection of personal poems, illustrations, and more is stunningly unique, and something you definitely don’t want to miss!

 

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Florence and the Machine formed in 2007 in London, consisting of Florence Welch, Isabella Summers, and a blend of other guest artists and musicians. By 2009 they’d released their debut album, Lungs, packed with the popular chart toppers Dog Days Are OverKiss with a Fist, and You’ve Got the Love, and rapidly gained international fame.

 

Since the start of her career, Welch has always brought something entirely otherworldly to the table; her voice acting as an instrument all it’s own, on par with the voices of artists like Kate Bush or Björk, giving her music a dream-like quality and creating a sound you recognize as hers the moment you hear it. Her past work has had a much bigger instrumental sound (including the use of wind chimes, drumming on multiple surfaces, bells, electric guitars, etc.) while her newest release, High as Hope, feels more stripped-down and raw; her voice feels more conversational, her lyrics more poetic. This is also the first album on which Welch herself is listed as the producer.

 

Listening to this album feels more personal; Welch has been open about much of the lyrics deriving directly from poems and journal entries (Hunger smacks you right from the get-go with it’s opening line, as does Sky Full Of Song with the bridge “I thought I was flying but maybe I’m dying tonight“) creating a listening experience that feels completely relatable and entirely human.

 

And now, with the release of Useless Magic, Florence Welch has taken the full dive into letting us truly see her inner world. Reading this collection feels as though you’re reading someone’s journal filled with their direct and most personal thoughts; not to mention the mystical, ethereal quality Welch is famous for seems to pour from within the pages, giving the collection a prophetic-like feel.

 

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This book is beautiful in how it shows someone as their most realistic, not-always-put-together self. Welch is open about her struggles with eating disorders, alcoholism, anxiety, and more; she writes of those who’ve hurt her, of the things she feels afraid of, of the things she feels ashamed for having done. There is no sugar-coating here, no rose colored glasses, nor smoke or mirrors. It’s the sort of work you’ll read and think, “oh my god, I’ve felt that way, too!”

 

Useless Magic is the more than simply another inside look at a successful artist and her musical process; it’s a look at someone in all of her graceless, messy, miserable, terrified, and fallible humanity. It’s clouded and scribbled and just so, completely gorgeous in how heartbreakingly relatable every word, note, poem, and illustration are. (Being a person is scary; none of us really have any idea what we’re doing or why we’re here or if we’re living our lives the way we were meant to, and Welch has been fearless in opening up about that.)

 

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Watching an artist blend poetry with music, and openly speak about the power poems and writing and words can hold, is so exciting. I’m a big believer that reading poems and writing your own (in whatever way feels right) can cause you to grow, shift, change, and realize thoughts and you feelings you never knew you had. Poetry can sometimes tend to gain a bit of a bad reputation as something boring and difficult to understand because of the way many school systems teach us to read poems from a technical, as opposed to emotional, standpoint; it’s refreshing to see someone who holds such a powerful place in the mainstream media release poems; now fans of Welch who may not have necessarily considered themselves fans of poetry before will be buying and reading a book of poems, and that’s insanely cool. (This all part of the poetry-community’s plan to get everyone in the world to read poetry, obviously. We’re after a poetry-ruled world, baby!)

 

Useless Magic will allow you to see someone in an intimate light we are rarely granted. You don’t want to miss this, order here! Also, be sure to check out Florence Welch’s Instagram-based book club, Between Two Books, now!

 

…a prediction comes true and I couldn’t do anything to stop it, so it seems like a kind of useless magic.

 

 

 

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These Book Covers Inspired By Popular Songs Will Sing to Your Soul

Songs certainly tell a story and thanks to one company, some of the most iconic lyrical stories are finally unfolding on page. 

 

The Online Pen Company reimagined fan-favorite songs as novels, in a move to celebrate the incredible stories their lyrics tell.

 

“Songs are lyrically skilled and if you stop and spend the time carefully listening to the words, you may be surprised at some of the epic stories they could be turned into,” according to their website. “We decided to [create] book covers based on the nation’s favourite songs and when you see them, you’ll never be able to hear favourite tunes the same way again.”

 

Check out them out!

 

1. Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”

 

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2. David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” 

 

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3. Adele’s “Someone Like You”

 

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5. Ed Sheeran’s “The Shape of You”

 

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6. Barry Manilow’s “Copacabana”

 

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7. The Eagles’ “Hotel California”

 

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Celebrate 20 Years of Harry Potter Magic With These New Anniversary Covers!

A decade makes me feel old, two decades and I don’t even want to think about it. Unless it has to do with the complete and utter magic of Mr. Potter. If your calendars are marked or your memory is sharp then you know I mean the annual celebration until the 20th anniversary of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in June.

 

As usual, Scholastic has brought their A-game. Even though the official day of celebration a couple months away, the publisher has decided to release a series of book covers that, when laid side-by-side create one overall image! They’re black and white sketches of Harry, Ron, and Hermione and even Dumbledore!
 

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Those with good eyes could spot Hermione’s time-turner or the recognizable Patronus charm from The Prisoner of Azkaban. You’ll be able to spot many more recognizable moments and images from the series! According to People, Brian Selznick, the artist, was thrilled to have these covers come to fruition.

 

I revisited the books and was especially moved by the relationships between the characters in J.K. Rowling’s magical world, so I wanted these covers to reflect that… One of the most challenging and rewarding aspects of the process was drawing seven independent covers that would stand on their own, while making sure that they also lined up to create one single satisfying image. It took dozens and dozens of sketches to get it right, and I am thrilled to share my great love for the books with these new illustrations.

 

The cover series will be available for paperback on June 26th followed by a specially designed collectable box set by Selznick’s himself. Heads up: He’s a Hufflepuff, so get ready for some serious creativity. Check out some of the spellbinding images below!

 

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New ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ Picture Book Is Guaranteed to Slay All Day

Nothing says late ‘90s and early 2000s quite like the TV success that was Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Sarah Michelle Gellar is still one of the coolest actresses from that time. Cruel Intentions is just too good. Now for those of you who are still major Buffy fans, we’ve got some good news for you. And you could even pass it onto your kiddies!

 

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer is now taking on the world of illustration thanks to Quirk Books! Buffy, along with the Scooby Gang, will battle with bloodsuckers and the dark world as illustrated by Kim Smith. They’ll solve Sunnydale mysteries and fight off creatures, but it won’t be as fearsome as you would imagine. “This sweet, silly, and not-so-scary book makes a perfect bedtime story, and it’s ideal for parents introducing the next generation to Buffy and fans looking to experience it in a whole new way,” says Quirk Books to Entertainment Weekly.

 

Entertainment Weekly got the exclusive look at the new cover of the book, which is due for release on September 4th, 2018.

 

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And if you’re as much of a fan as we know you are, you should know that Fox Consumer Products will be launching a Buffy Slay Day on March 10th to honor the show’s 21st anniversary. Basically, for almost the whole day you’ll get your pick of the coolest merch from awesome tees to the gear you need to slay monsters. All practical things. Check out their page to get the details you need to slay all day.

 

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10 Beautiful Beatrix Potter Quotes to Remind You How Great She Is

The internet is rife with completely warranted criticisms of the appalling new James Corden-led Peter Rabbit movie. It is, frankly, an insult to Beatrix Potter’s beloved character and to Beatrix herself. So I started reading up on quotes from Potter to remind myself of the true magic of the lovely worlds she created.

 

Peter, his mother Josephine, and sisters Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cotton-Tail reside in the same universe as Potter’s other wonderful animal creations such as Jemima Puddleduck (a duck), Mrs. Tiggy Winkle (a hedgehog), and Squirrel Nutkin (a squirrel), among others. They are a magical, charming, amusing bunch and Potter was truly a visionary. Here are ten of her best quotes.

 

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1. There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite know where they’ll take you.

2. I hold that a strongly marked personality can influence descendants for generations.

3. Believe there is a great power silently working all things for good, behave yourself and never mind the rest. 

4. Thank goodness I was never sent to school; it would have rubbed off some of the originality. 

5. I remember I used to half believe and wholly play with fairies when I was a child. What heaven can be more real than to retain the spirit-world of childhood, tempered and balanced by knowledge and common-sense.

6. Thank God I have the seeing eye, that is to say, as I lie in bed I can walk step by step on the fells and rough land seeing every stone and flower and patch of bog and cotton pass where my old legs will never take me again.

7. If I have done anything, even a little, to help small children enjoy honest, simple pleasures, I have done a bit of good.

8. There’s something delicious about writing those first few words of a story. You can never quite tell where they will take you. Mine took me here, where I belong.

9.  I cannot rest, I must draw, however poor the result, and when I have a bad time come over me it is a stronger desire than ever.

10. Believe there is a great power silently working all things for good, behave yourself and never mind the rest. 
 

 

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