How does a bookworm tell the time? This is not the start of a punchline but a plugin for Literature Clock, an inspiring project and a nice little website that gives you quotes for the exact time.
Literature Clock is one of those fantastic niche sites so abundant in the early days of the web, pre-social media, and it does one thing: it gives you the time as it appeared in a famous literary work.
For example, at 1:42 p.m., he gives you this relevant quote from Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larrson: “Last note recorded at 1:42 p.m.: GM on site at H-by; will take over the case. »
Then, a few minutes later, he shows a Robert Ludlum quote that’s not only timely, so to speak, but will also make you want to curl up in a corner with a great action book:
“It was twelve minutes to two in the afternoon when Claude Moreau and his most reliable field agent, Jacques Bergeron, arrived at the Georges Cinq station of the Paris metro. They walked, separately, at the rear of the platform, each carrying a portable radio, the frequencies calibrated to each other. – from The Apocalypse Watch.
The project was inspired by the literary clock someone created from a Kindle e-reader, which also displays a quote containing the time of day.
If you have an old Kindle that you no longer use, you can create your own literary clock using these instructions.
Otherwise, Literature Clock is still a great option, as long as you can open a browser window on any device.