We’re no stranger to unusual Tumblrs, but this one we recently discovered might be one of our favorites. Reading in Movies is, quite simply, pictures of people reading in movies. It’s so simple in its premise that it’s kind of genius. Although there are similar Tumblrs, like People Reading in Movies and Books in Movies, Reading in Movies doesn’t try to put too much focus on what these characters are reading and instead focuses on the simple beauty of people reading, letting the two mediums combine in a way that’s weirdly captivating. But of course, when you merge two of our favorite things, it’s bound to be a perfect concoction.
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Music videos are expensive. As much as every artist would love to produce an epic million dollar 15-minute video, sometimes it’s just easier to get the band together, throw up a white sheet, and rock out…or dance out…or do whatever this is.
Singing in a White Room is a tumblr that posts nothing but music videos with white backgrounds, from Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” to Rick James’ “Superfreak.” Sometimes they bend the rules a little and post videos that simply have white motifs instead of an actual plain white background, but most of the videos are the standard “I’m singing/dancing in a white room!”
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GIFs have been exalted to almost exasperating heights lately. And amidst all the over-saturation, genuine work from people who use the medium in interesting ways gets lost in the fray. Okkult Motion Pictures is one such group. The Italian GIF studio creates GIFs of rare, historical videos taken from the public domain. From forgotten educational videos to war propaganda films to whatever the hell this is, Okkult forgoes its “quirky Tumblr” status into being a bona fide educational tool. Well…sort of. But we love when people take something low brow, like GIFs, and turns them into something with a little more substance. Now if only we could say the same for 90% of the rest of the Internet.
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Earlier this year when Slate wrote a column chastising adults who read YA fiction it triggered an avalanche of counter thought-pieces in YA’s defense. YA is not mediocre, said The Washington Post. There’s nothing to be embarrassed about, said Pop Matters. Really! But what’s with all this hand wringing over a couple of teenaged romance novels anyway?
YA Fiction Confessions weirdly confronts all these issues that swell around the controversial genre. Typical of most confession Tumblrs, the blog takes anonymous confessions submitted by readers and then publishes them. From musings about genre annoyances (too many love triangles) to positive praises (The Fault of Our Stars is sad–is that really a confession?), the blog touches all the bases that make YA fiction the most disputable genre happening in the literary world.
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People find strange things in books. From recipes to post cards, it seems people will use just about anything as a bookmark. Things I Found in Books is a Tumblr devoted to these odd finds. As you browse the blog and look at pictures of handwritten notes, old-timey photographs and family tree charts (?), it all becomes strangely fascinating. In fact, there’s actually a large group of Tumblrs devoted to collecting random items found in books. There’s also Things Lost (and Found) in Books and Left in a Library Book. Both are similar, although Things Lost (and Found) in Books probably trumps the other two by having one of the best finds ever, a three-paged autobiography (or possible short story?) of the life of a Baltimore drug addict.
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Anyone who lives in New York City knows how difficult it is to find affordable housing. Hell, there’s even a “Rent is Too Damn High” political party. Because of soaring rent prices, New Yorkers have been turning to alternative forms of housing, like lofted rooms inside cold warehouses, basement studios inside dilapidated houses and even closets.
The Worst Room is a Tumblr devoted to all these tragic apartments. Each Tumblr entry showcases an unfortunate squalid apartment (usually found on Craigslist) accompanied with its price and location. You’ll be surprised to learn that places like this cost as much as $1,000 a month. Welcome to New York!
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