5 Favorite Literary Instas

 An Instagram style photo of a book surrounded by other objects on a flat pink background

A Book Bento Box post for Hermione Hoby’s debut novel Neon in Daylightphoto: courtesy of book bento box

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hile social media gives us an unprecedented connection to each other, the vast amount of constantly whirling information can be overwhelming. Literature has always had a proud tradition of instilling peace and inspiring reflection, and this has never been more vital than in the hectic information age. We’ve put together a list of five Instagram pages that deliver literature’s power in small moments in between the vacation and baby pictures on your feed.

 

@bookbento

Book Bento Box is a literary take on a Japanese tradition of bentō, or single-portion home-packed meals that are often placed in elaborate, aesthetically pleasing arrangements. Book Bento Box builds on this concept with a book recommendation as the main course among a variety of carefully placed side items. 

 

@subwaybookreview

Subway Book Review seeks to shine light on the time-honored tradition of reading in transit, taking readers aside to get their take on whatever book happens to be in their hands. The page features black-and-white pictures of readers from the subways of New York City, London, Cairo, and Mexico City along with their thoughts on the book.

 

@lastnightsreading

Book readings can bring in all kinds of people, but authors can only hope to have someone like Kate Gavino in the crowd. Gavino has been to countless readings, during which she sits down and illustrates the author next to Gavino’s favorite quote from the event. Scrolling through the numerous illustrations and nuggets of wisdom is an inspiring experience, and there’s plenty to go through—enough for Gavino to compile into a book, Last Night’s Reading (2015).

 

@spinesideout

Spine-side Out creates poetry from the spines of books. The titles fall into each other and form a poem, which makes for a unique bridge between books that may not otherwise have connections. It’s a great way to satisfy an itch for poetry while finding new and interesting reading material.

 

@_tejucole

Photography critic for the New York Times, author, and art critic Teju Cole displays art and photography on his Instagram page. He frequently adds poetic captions that deepen the experience, but often he’ll simply leave the work to speak for itself. His page is perfect for taking a moment to be still in the midst of the day’s chaos.


Photo: Merleyn Bell

Reid Bartholomew is a WLT intern studying writing and Japanese at the University of Oklahoma. When he isn’t writing, he finds himself catching up on his mile-long reading list or working with the staff of The Aster Review, a student arts publication at OU. He hopes to have ideas important enough to write novels about one day.

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