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50 Book Challenge

Bedridden means books.

1-3: 1Q84 Books 1, 2, 3. Haruki Murakami.

long. confusing. i need to talk more.

4. The Rose and the Ring: William Makepiece Thackeray.

kathryn, love.

5: Guards! Guards! - Terry Pratchett

6: Assassin’s Apprentice - Robin Hobb

7: Royal Assassin - Robin Hobb

8: Assassin’s Quest - Robin Hobb

deej would never lead me astray. the fool.

9. The Book Thief - Markus Zusak

again. book club.

10. I Am The Messenger - Markus Zusak

11. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry - Rachel Joyce

12. Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom - Cory Doctorow

13. We Need to Talk About Kevin - Lionel Shriver

so much hate.

14. Equal Rites - Terry Pratchett

15. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children - Ransom Riggs 

16. Pyramids - Terry Pratchett

17. Wyrd Sisters - Terry Pratchett

18. Howl’s Moving Castle - Diana Wynne Jones

19. Persepolis - Marjane Satrapi


20. Magicians of Caprona - Diana Wynne Jones.

21. Tale of Time City - Diana Wynne Jones.

you can tell when i’m not well, i go back to my childhood.

i cleaned my room but now it feels dirtier.

why does australia have to be too hot to have a conservatory?

what next?



Indiana Jones Mystery Package

We don’t really even know how to start this post. Yesterday we received a package addressed to “Henry Walton Jones, Jr.”. We sort-of shrugged it off and put it in our bin of mail for student workers to sort and deliver to the right faculty member— we get the wrong mail a lot.

Little did we know what we were looking at. When our student mail worker snapped out of his finals-tired haze and realized who Dr. Jones was, we were sort of in luck: this package wasn’t meant for a random professor in the Stat department. It is addressed to “Indiana” Jones.

What we know: The package contained an incredibly detailed replica of “University of Chicago Professor” Abner Ravenwood’s journal from Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. It looks only sort of like this one, but almost exactly like this one, so much so that we thought it might have been the one that was for sale on Ebay had we not seen some telling inconsistencies in cover color and “Ex Libris” page (and distinct lack of sword). The book itself is a bit dusty, and the cover is teal fabric with a red velvet spine, with weathered inserts and many postcards/pictures of Marion Ravenwood (and some cool old replica money) included. It’s clear that it is mostly, but not completely handmade, as although the included paper is weathered all of the “handwriting” and calligraphy lacks the telltale pressure marks of actual handwriting. 

What we don’t know: Why this came to us. The package does not actually have real stamps on it— the outside of the package was crinkly and dirty as if it came through the mail, but the stamps themselves are pasted on and look like they have been photocopied. There is no US postage on the package, but we did receive it in a bin of mail, and it is addressed to the physical address of our building, Rosenwald Hall, which has a distinctly different address from any other buildings where it might be appropriate to send it (Haskell Hall or the Oriental Institute Museum). However, although now home to the Econ department and College Admissions, Rosenwald Hall used to be the home to our departments of geology and geography

If you’re an applicant and sent this to us: Why? How? Did you make it? Why so awesome? If you’re a member of the University community and this belongs to you or you’ve gotten one like it before, PLEASE tell us how you acquired it, and whether or not yours came with a description— or if we’re making a big deal out of the fact that you accidentally slipped a gift for a friend in to the inter-university mail system. If you are an Indiana Jones enthusiast and have any idea who may have sent this to us or who made it, let us know that, too. 

We know this sounds like a joke/hoax… it’s not (at least, from our end).  Any hints, ideas, thoughts, or explanations are appreciated. We’ve been completely baffled as to why this was sent to us, in mostly a good way, but it’s clear this is a neat thing that either belongs somewhere else— or belongs in the halls of UChicago admissions history.

Internet: help us out. If you’re on Reddit (we’re not) or any other nerdly social media sites where we might get information about this, feel free to post far and wide and e-mail any answers, clues, ideas, thoughts, or musings to  (yes, we did set up an email account just to deal with this thing). 

**Update: we have heard from Lucasfilm (nerd sidebar: OMG SO COOL) that this is not some type of viral marketing package for any upcoming Indiana Jones films or events. We have narrowed the likely maker down to the most-accurate Ebay match (seller “Ravenbar”) but have not been able to get in touch with the seller, nor do we have any sense of why this would have made its way to our office. More photos of the journal can be found in the Chicago Red Eye here. We will be placing this in the University of Chicago library’s Special Collections once our mystery has been solved, so to those who have asked if it is for sale, sadly, the answer is no. Thanks to all who have sent tips or ideas (and to all of the news organizations that found this cool enough to pick it up)— please keep the ideas coming!**

facts about giraffes


one - if it rains, they will not move

two - they cannot love

A needle that looks like hay. A hay-like needle. Of death. A hay-like needle of death in a haystack of, er, statues.

If you happen to be a creature of living stone… the perfect hiding place.

Oh, Jason deCaires Taylor, what have you done??


50 Book Challenge

35. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas - John Boyne


36. The Colour of Magic - Terry Pratchett 

Great fun!

Reading right now: Vanity Fair and The Light Fantastic.


This was commissioned by Nick Offerman (and others), as a wrap gift for the entire cast & crew at Parks & Recreation. Really happy with how it came out, and stoked to be doing more work for those guys, I love um! 


This was commissioned by Nick Offerman (and others), as a wrap gift for the entire cast & crew at Parks & Recreation. Really happy with how it came out, and stoked to be doing more work for those guys, I love um! 

50 Book Challenge
34. Messy - Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan.

excellently fun

50 Book Challenge

34. Messy - Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan.

excellently fun

50 Book Challenge 

32. American Born Chinese - Gene Luen Yang 

Incredibly fantastic. Read it for uni and I’m glad that my course put it in my path. Great illustrations, great story.

33. A Woman of No Importance - Oscar Wilde


50 Book Challenge

Two small, brilliant books(/play..)

30. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens

31. The Importance of Being Earnest - Oscar Wilde.  

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