Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Call Me Ishmael

I'm a little behind on the reviewing end of things here, but that doesn't mean I don't have news. I just got an email from Poets and Writers magazine this afternoon about an innovative and book related idea. It's called Call Me Ishmael. Apparently, if you happen to be in one of a few select but soon to be expanded places, you will see an old-fashioned rotary phone and  that phone might start ringing. When you pick up the receiver, someone will tell you about a book they read that's had a major impact on their life. From what I understand of it, the idea is a little bit like Storycorps, where "ordinary people" tell some key story from their lives. Only this one is all about books.

If you don't see any old style phones  near you, fear not. You can also just go to the Call Me Ishmael website and watch an old-fashioned typewriter type out someone's message as they speak it. New features apparently weekly. At the bottom of that page, you will find the steps that you too can use to tell a story about a book you loved.



  1. What fun! (I have an old rotary phone in my house! Not quite this old....)

  2. Well, if it suddenly rings, be sure to answer it!