Summer Lovin’ for Book Lovers

It’s July, and the heat is on!  Passion fuels creativity as director Spike Jonze and designer Olympia Le-Tan show in this brilliant stop-motion animation set in Paris’ beloved bookstore Shakespeare and Company.  You can read an interview with Spike about the film’s conception in Nowness and then get Olympia’s take from Facebook.  Let love take you to your Bright Places, shady sides and all.

Spike Jonze: Mourir Auprès de Toi on

R. Shannon Duval is a Ph.D in philosophy, Fulbright Scholar, second degree black belt in TaeKwonDo, and a national champion in kali arnis.  Known as "The Wonder Ninja" for her dual careers in philosophy and martial arts, Germ's Educational Director (and Consulting Editor of Germ U) has traveled to lands far and near, and has discovered that while the pen is mightier than the sword in all of them, swords are still an awful lot of fun.  She loves playing hide and seek in things that are bigger on the inside than the outside, simultaneously wielding distinctions and edged weapons, and pondering the original nature of snowmen. Have a great idea for using Germ in the classroom? Contact her at


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