Do everything with a mind that has let go."
- John Chan

Out of Print, Off the Page, and in Style

What I wouldn’t give to receive an income reading the novels off the 1001 Books to Read Before I Die list! Who’s with me? Well, if you’re reading my blog, I assume most of you would agree. So maybe there isn’t a job where you’ll be paid to read novels, but maybe you could get paid through the inspiration of them. Sounds interesting … go on?

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A few months ago, one of my fellow reading/writing friends, Emily, shared a Web site with me that only Literary Gurus like ourselves could appreciate: Out of Print.

They sell t-shirts, cards, journals, tote bags, phone cases, etc., decorated in cover art from the world’s most famous authors and their novels. Everything from Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises to George Orwell’s 1984.

I think Out of Print puts their mission perfectly and I will not attempt to rephrase:

“Out of Print celebrates the world’s great stories through fashion. Our products feature iconic and often out of print book covers. Some are classics, some are just curious enough to make great t-shirts, but all are striking works of art. 

We work closely with artists, authors and publishers to license the content that ends up in our collections. Each product is treated to feel soft and worn like a well-read book.”


So now, I will ask (because I’d love to know!) the same question Out of Print asks:

What’s your story?


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If I had to choose … it would probably have to be Jane Austen’s Persuasion or Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat Pray Love.  I am on a major happiness/meditation/yoga/love journey at the moment. If I would have been asked a year ago, I probably would have said something depressing like, Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights or Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar. (OK, so maybe not as depressing at The Bell Jar.) But that’s the nice thing about Out of Print, if you change your story every year, no fear, just buy another t-shirt! On your dark days, you can always fall back to Wuthering Heights, if needed. Who doesn’t love to reread Wuthering Heights every year, any how?