I love nerdy stuff, particularly literary nerdy stuff. I love seeing how a story can change an opinion or a life. I love the awesome ways that people take literature and turn it on its head, upending our expectations at the same time.
I’m also a big fan of art. Not that boring stuff they call “fine art” — I’m talking about the stuff that inspires love and incites revolution. Now that is art.
The Lennon Wall
Located in the heart of Prague, Czech Republic, The Lennon Wall has been changing constantly since 1988. Czechoslovakia was held in the iron grasp of Communism, and the idealistic youth of the city took over a blank wall, turning it into a tribute to John Lennon, peace, and love.
Authorities painted over the wall, but the mysterious artists returned again and again—even after security cameras were installed—to recreate the wall anew.
Communism officially fell in 1989 with the Velvet Revolution, but The Lennon Wall still stands, and is still written over with messages of peace and revolution. It’s never the same twice, and I was so privileged to have seen it in 2007:
Prague was the first place I’d ever been to where I saw political and revolutionary art on walls, trashcans, and the backs of road signs. It’s beautiful, inspiring, and makes me love the city even more.
The Lennon Wall isn’t strictly literary, although I think music lyrics certainly count. I just love the entire idea.
Image: Octopus Crime
A moment of inspiration
Sometime back Frank Warren of PostSecret posted this picture:
I don’t know if it was he who found it, or if someone sent it to him, and it’s impossible to read, but apparently it’s the entire first chapter of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, written on a bathroom wall.
I think that this is awesome, and I wish that it were more common. Wouldn’t you love to walk into a bathroom and see something like this?
I know that it’s technically vandalism, but I am determined to take a page from this person’s book (teehee) and create some of my own literary graffiti. I dare you to join me.
Would you commit vandalism in the name of literature or revolution? What quote would you scrawl, spray, or paint?