Sejong the Great, Dancing Trees, Charlotte Brontë's Fashion, Word Games & More: Endnotes 11 February

Sejong the Great, Dancing Trees, Charlotte Brontë's Fashion, Word Games & More: Endnotes 11 February

Friday, 11 February, 2022

Every Friday, we celebrate the weekend — and all the reading and relaxing and daydreaming time ahead — with Melissa's favorite book- and travel-related links of the week. Why work when you can read fun stuff?!

This post is part of our Endnotes series.

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That’s Sejong the Great up there, casting his eyes and benevolence over Seoul, South Korea. He was a king and scholar during the Choson Kingdom, circa the early 15th century. He’s known (and beloved) for promoting literacy and pushing for the improvement of moveable metal type about 215 years before our ol’ buddy Johannes Gutenberg introduced his printing press. He also said, ‘If the people prosper, how can the king not prosper with them? And if the people do not prosper, how may the king prosper without them?’ But he’s best remembered for his invention of hangul, the Korean alphabet. In 1443, he and eight advisors developed an alphabetic system to represent the 14 consonants and 10 vowels that create all the sounds in spoken Korean. Read more about his legacy.

  • Why Literature’s Greatest Detectives Are All Obsessed With Food. ‘…food is definitely an indicator of social status, but it also highlights the cultural capital of each detective. It is oftentimes used as shorthand for an entire type.’

  • Sara Nović is the author of the excellent novel Girl at War. Her latest True Biz will be released 05 April (preorder) and tells the story of a year in a boarding school for the deaf. In addition to written dialogue, the book includes conversations in American Sign Language (ASL), which presents a unique problem for the audiobook. Sara explains the creative solution developed by her team.

  • These night-time neon photos beg for noir novels to be written about them. Click through to see the whole thread.

 

May you wander among the stacks of a beautiful library, if not IRL, then in your imagination.

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