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“Literature Vs Traffic” : Books and Light to face vehicles

Today we’re going back in time for those who, like us, would have missed this impressive and ephemeral  artistic installation that illuminated and animated downtown Toronto during the night of October 1st, 2016.
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The anonymous group of artists Luzinterruptus took 12 days and gathered 50 volunteers to cover Hagerman Street in downtown Toronto with nearly 10,000 books, all donated by the Salvation Army. Among those, some were surprisingly old and were part of private donations.

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The installation, named “Literature vs. Traffic”, had already been illegally carried out in Madrid and New York but obtained the authorization of Melbourne to perform there. This time, the artists were invited to the event “Nuit Blanche Toronto 2016” in order to reproduce the experience.

Luzinterruptus confirms that in 5 years “The meaning of this piece has not changed as the battle between pedestrians and vehicles still goes on in most of the world’s large cities and it is hard to find real, workable solutions. Despite the efforts on the part of some cites to reduce downtown traffic, they can only go as far as to create a Car-free day in order to have an idea as to how we would live without them”. The collective adds on its website: “We want literature to take over the streets and conquer public spaces, freely offering those passersby a traffic-free place which, for some hours, will succumb to the humble power of the written word”.

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Hagerman Street was closed for one night and replaced the come-and-go of cars by hundreds of pedestrians moving between illuminated books, resulting in a magic and impressive ballet. Passers-by were free to consult the books at their own pace and to choose the ones they would take home in order to preserve a small piece of this lively and interactive work. It took them only 10 hours to empty the street almost completely and, in the early morning, finally give it back to road traffic.

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Who knows, if this event comes back in a (very) distant future, perhaps one day there will be blooks among a myriad of other lighted books!

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Source article – Photo credits: Lola Martínez

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Interview: Melody, the girl with a dog and a blog!

This week, we have another diary-like blog to share, and we’re sure you will like it!

Melody lives her life with this blog to update, and an ADORABLE corgi dog to pet and care for. She talks every now and then about travels, fitness, or just her getting through life with amily and friends… And of course, her dog.

Life with a dog and a blog - Melody and Gatsby on the sofa again

The cutest couple ever reading their blook on the sofa!

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First, tell us about yourself : You, your passions, your hobbies, your projects… 
Hi, I’m Melody Pendlebury and I am a really indecisive, mess of a person but I try my best. I am a senior at the University of North Florida as an Elementary Education major. It seems as if I’m ready to graduate and start my career, but honestly, I have a quarter life crisis daily. One thing that’s pretty unique about me is that I’m married. This is shocking to a lot of people because I do look like a 12 year old pretending to be an adult, but I’m actually still young but 22. Even though some people think this is the craziest thing in the world, I’m still a normal 22 year old person and a normal married person trapped into one body. Obviously I’m very passionate about my dog, hence the name of my blog. I am also very passionate about health and fitness. This doesn’t mean that I eat healthy all the time or have a rock hard body, because I like to keep life fun and try not to be too serious. This blog is my first attempt at writing something that I actually want people to read and I still get nervous about every articlke I post. Futue projects that I you can expect to see in the future are probably going to be more exercise tutorials and recipes. I love writing about things that interest me and am hoping I’m writing about things that interest other people as well.

 
What is your blog about? Why? Do you have other blogs? If so, what do they talk about? 
I think my blog (https://lifewithadogandablog.com) is a little scattered brain. If I had to say what the main content of my blog was, it would probably be health and fitness. Other than that, I like to write about vacations I’ve taken, how I have saved money on various things, some lifestyle tips, all while trying to fit my dog into everything. This is the first blog that I have ever written other than my numerous diaries that I never let anyone read growing up. I hope to build and improve my content in the future.
Life with a dog and a blog - Melody and Gatsby rad their blook

“Remember that time when…” -“Oh no, you printed that too?”

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Why did you want to turn your blog into a book?
in today’s world everything is digital. This isn’t a bad thing because hey, lets save the trees, but sometimes its nice to have a physical copy of something. Since this is the beginning of my first blog I thought it would be good to have something for me to read and show people and hopefully something I can use to reminisce in the future.

How did you find out about BlookUp? 
I found out about BlookUp because their blog followed my blog. I was curious about who they were and started to check them out. I loved how simple and accessible the website was and the the product was something I absolutely loved.

Life with a dog and a blog - Melody and Gatsby on the sofa

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What are the positive and negative points of the making of your blook? 
Making my blook was super easy. All I had to do was press a few buttons and bam, it was finished. The only negative things I could possibly think of about making my blook was that there was not a lot of templates to choose from. This could also be a positive as well because you don’t have to overthink it and you always come out with a beautiful blook.

 
Do you enjoy the final result? What does your family and friends think about your blook?
i LOVE the the final result! It was so cute and unique and it was awesome to see my blog come to life. My husband also loves my blook and insists that we keep it on the coffee table.

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Yeah, that’s a geat coffee table decoration!

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Would you recommend BlookUp? 
I would definitely recommend BlookUp to anyone I meet. It is such a unique item and not only can you make your blog into a book, but also your social media!

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Thank you Melody for trying our solution, for answering our questions and for your article on your blog! And also, many thanks to Gatsby for posing with style!

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Interview: Body-positivism and self-love with Sabrebeauty!

Sure, most of our beloved Blookers are travelers, but not all of them! Sometimes in the sea of blooks and blogs you can come accross other subjects that also lead you to think about yourself, your relation to your own body, to the judgement of others…

And among those blogs, you can find Sabreabeauty’sHer blog, aimed at both men and women of all ages, shapes, and sizes, promotes self-love and confidence through various posts about beauty and skin care products or lifestyle advices!

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First, tell us about yourself : You, your passions, your hobbies, your projects…
I’m Samantha, and I’m a 25 year old blogger. I have a real passion for beauty and self-acceptance! I have a blog over at sabrebeauty.co.uk, that I’ve run for just over a year now.

 

What is your blog about ? Why ? Do you have other blogs ? If so, what do they talk about ?
My blog is based around beauty and lifestyle. I love to write about my life a lot, so sometimes I treat it like a diary. I like to be able to look back and see how I’ve done throughout the months, and it’s a great way to keep an eye on how I’m doing with my own goals.

 

Why did you want to turn your blog into a book?
After a year of blogging, I wanted to treat myself to something to memorialise it. Blogging has changed my life in so many ways. I’m so much more confident and I’ve met so many amazing people, some of whom have turned out to be some of the greatest friends I’ve ever had.

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All of Sabrebeauty’s posts in one book, the only beauty magazine you need to have!

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How did you find out about BlookUp?
I had a recommendation from a friend, actually! She told me how she had worked with BlookUp in the past, and she loved the result!

 

What are the positive and negative points of the making of your blook?
Making my Blook was so easy, it practically does all the work for you! The only annoying thing is going back and editing posts, but I’m a stickler for perfection!

 

Do you enjoy the final result ? What does your family and friends think about your blook?
I absolutely adore my Blook. I’ve showed family and friends and they’ve commented on how professional it looks! It’s so lovely having a physical copy of things I’ve written over the past year. I’ll probably keep it up and buy myself another for my second year of blogging!

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Would you recommend BlookUp ?
Absolutely! It’s a perfect gift for your blogger friends, or if you just want to celebrate the work you’ve done!

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A lot of thanks to Sabrebeauty for her patience, for her work about body-positive attitude and for allowing us to appear on her blog too!

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