Back In The Day These Didn't Seem As Creepy (or Fascinating)

Or, To Your Inner Child -- either way you can thank me for this one later. Please find by following this link, an archive of 6,000 Historical Children's books, all digitized and free to read online! Whether you're a creative person seeking some inspo in the form of historical children's books (which can get weird/awesome) or maybe you want to actually read this to a little one, this archive is rad and you should definitely check it out!

While we're on this topic, I really enjoy Open Culture because they basically espouse what is a key worldview of mine, that is: cultural works (especially canonical ones) should be made readily available for everyone, especially those with a more diminished access to such. Sites that use the web for constructive reasons are what makes me think that there is still hope for us all. And of course the idea that knowledge and education is the sort of media we should seek to disseminate Above All Others, etc. etc. 

Peep the site for such gems as free ebooks by H.P. Lovercraft and Noam Chomsky and free recordings by Sylvia Plath and John Cheever, among others, all available at the click of a button. Personally, I like the somewhat dated looking interface that reveals a lot of the site's exoskeleton as well: it reminds me of what the internet was all about back in the day (i.e. a simple linking of networks and platforms, and not the blatant, commercial desire toward a heightened sense of realistic experience [i.e. VR] that a lot of websites are using to manipulate our perception of media, and thus cause us to become a slave to the machine -- which I'd argue that we already are, but I'll save that nugget for another time.). Either way, Open Culture is a cool site, and I could see some Wikipedia-esque fun happening here. 

Please enjoy these free children's books (and when is better to do so, as the holidays are soon upon us?! And may I just say, I absolutely adore the holiday season with a passion that is not to be denied, so please expect a post on this very soon) and peruse the lovely offering of Open Culture at your leisure. God knows it'll probably be a better time spent than getting lost in the wormhole of other sites which shall-not-be-named.

Enjoy!