Link About It: This Week’s Picks

NOLA's all-women motorcycle club, NASA meets fashion, hilarious teen fiction and more in our look around the web

1. Heron Preston’s NASA-Inspired Collection Goes to Space In partnering with NASA, Heron Preston had to adhere to certain guidelines about color and copy—meticulously incorporating these requirements into his modern vision for apparel. Honoring the 1990 NASA logo, Preston dubbed his spacesuit-inspired FW18 collection the “Fall/Winter 1990” series, and sent some pieces into space to demonstrate his commitment to the inspiration. The footage is as …

Through Video, Teens Are Turning Into Readers

Using their immense influence, several YouTube stars are filming and posting book reviews, book hauls, publicizing new releases, discussing book-to-film adaptations—and garnering hundreds of thousands of views in the process. Dubbed BookTubers, these individuals are having a wildly positive impact on their mostly younger followers: they’re getting them to read. Erica Barmash (marketing director for Bloomsbury’s children’s imprint) says this kind of marketing works because …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Glass monsters, plastic-eating enzymes, the story behind one of Prince's best songs and more

1. The Story Behind One of Prince’s Most Famous Songs Almost exactly two years after Prince’s tragic accidental overdose and death, the original story and recording of “Nothing Compares 2 U” has been released by the musician’s foundation. Paul “St Paul” Peterson (who was a singer in Prince’s band, the Family) and Susan Rogers (Prince’s sound engineer) tell the tale about the beautiful song’s birth, …

Farewell, Ursula K Le Guin

With a career spanning almost 50 years, science fiction and fantasy writer Ursula K Le Guin has passed away at 88 years old. Perhaps best known for her “Earthsea” series (which began with 1968’s “A Wizard of Earthsea”), Le Guin was proud to be part of the sci-fi and fantasy genre. The worlds she created avoid the basic lessons of good and evil, rather she …

Sanitation Worker Creates Public Library from Discarded Books

Bogota-based Jose Alberto Gutierrez has been collecting discarded books for two decades. Hi collection—which is upwards of 20,000—is made up mostly of books he picked up during his rounds as a sanitation worker. Taking up a few rooms in his family’s home, the books are lent out to the community in an effort to encourage a passion for reading in low-income families. “Although poverty meant …