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Around The Web: Free Libraries, Early Drafts, Proofreading and Spelling Backwards

Welcome back, friends. I hope you’re having a fantastic week! If you’re looking for some bookish or literary content to read, you’ve come to the right place. This week, I’ve got a look at little free library use during the pandemic, a piece on early manuscripts of classic novels, a profile of an anonymous Twitter proofreader, and a Guinness word record.

Hope you enjoy!

Little Free Libraries

Street Library

Proofreading by Tweet


Grammar and spelling can be contentious topics on the Internet. This is exemplified by the existence of a Twitter account created for the sole purpose of pointing out typos and other errors in the New York Times. The Ringer has a full profile of this curious proofreader who has risen in Twitter popularity as copy desks in newsrooms have continued to dwindle and disappear in favour of faster publication.

Early Manuscripts of Classic Novels

Handwritten notes

A Guinness World Record

word collage

Did you know there’s a word record for spelling words backwards? Well, there is, and Pam Onnen now holds it after spelling fifty-six words backwards in a minute. Laughing Squid has a video, and it’s the oddest spelling-bee I’ve seen, but it’s clear there’s some real skill involved.

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