Literature

Enough with the ‘forgotten’ writers – The Week Magazine

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

It’s hard out there for a book critic. If your author of choice has little social purpose, how can you convince a reader to even read a review, let alone pick up one of their books? Luxuriating in the uselessness of literature isn’t an option, and reviewers don’t have the luxury of believing their subject to be a pop art form, so populist appeal is too. You could always take…

Enough with the ‘forgotten’ writers – The Week Magazine

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

It’s hard out there for a book critic. If your author of choice has little social purpose, how can you convince a reader to even read a review, let alone pick up one of their books? Luxuriating in the uselessness of literature isn’t an option, and reviewers don’t have the luxury of believing their subject to be a pop art form, so populist appeal is too. You could always take…

Enough with the ‘forgotten’ writers – The Week Magazine

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

It’s hard out there for a book critic. If your author of choice has little social purpose, how can you convince a reader to even read a review, let alone pick up one of their books? Luxuriating in the uselessness of literature isn’t an option, and reviewers don’t have the luxury of believing their subject to be a pop art form, so populist appeal is too. You could always take…

Enough with the ‘forgotten’ writers – The Week Magazine

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

It’s hard out there for a book critic. If your author of choice has little social purpose, how can you convince a reader to even read a review, let alone pick up one of their books? Luxuriating in the uselessness of literature isn’t an option, and reviewers don’t have the luxury of believing their subject to be a pop art form, so populist appeal is too. You could always take…

Picture Books That Remind Children — and Grown-Ups — What Real-Life Friendship Looks Like – New York Times

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

We all need a reminder of what the word “friend” used to mean before the social media era, when it signified a lot more than being a “follower.” Four new friend-themed picture books offer a much-needed favor to humanity in reminding us of what it takes to find, keep and take good care of true friends. All of these may be referred to as children’s books — but I beg…

Reading Steely Dan: The lyrical genius that helped define a decade – Washington Post

Monday, September 04, 2017

On Sunday, Walter Becker, co-founder of the band Steely Dan, died, and the world lost a great musical and lyrical talent. The songs that Becker wrote with his college friend Donald Fagen filled the sonic gap left by the Beatles in 1970. Beginning in 1972 with “Can’t Buy a Thrill” and ending in 1980 with “Gaucho,” Becker and Fagen catalogued the shifting craziness rattling around our country — and our…

Don’t Pay for Classic Books When You’re Going Back to School – Lifehacker

Monday, September 04, 2017

Image credit: Sean Gallup/Getty If you’re heading back to school, there’s no doubt you’ve got a long list of required reading material. Whether it’s a classic like The Great Gatsby, or a more obscure title like A Farewell to Arms, you should avoid shelling out more money in addition to the cash you’re paying for your semester’s textbooks. Quartz compiled a slew of free reading resources are available if you’re…

Game writers to be honored with Nebula Award in first for professional science fiction and fantasy org – GeekWire

Monday, September 04, 2017

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America President Cat Rambo. (GeekWire Photo / Clare McGrane) Ever since the success of Valve’s Half-Life nearly 20 years ago, video games of all types have been increasingly expected to have a detailed narrative. Now, writers of those games will be eligible to receive one of science fiction’s highest honors — the Nebula Award. That’s one of the changes reflecting the evolution of science…

Update: Amazon’s AbeBooks rare books and collectibles site back online after 2-day outage – GeekWire

Monday, September 04, 2017

UPDATE: AbeBooks, an Amazon-owned company that offers vintage books, rare collectibles and fine art, is back online as of Sunday evening after a technical issue took down all of its sites and online services for two days. Good news. Our websites and services have been restored. We’re really sorry for all the inconvenience. — AbeBooks (@AbeBooks) September 4, 2017 In one message on Twitter this weekend, AbeBooks described the problem…

Claire Messud: ‘Maybe in 50 years there won’t be novels’ – The Guardian

Monday, September 04, 2017

When you are a child, Claire Messud suggests, you never imagine you might not really know the people closest to you. The shock of that realisation, which perhaps comes to us all in early adolescence, is the drama of Messud’s fifth novel, The Burning Girl. The book dwells on the unravelling of a lifelong friendship between two teenage girls in small-town Massachusetts. It is a distinctive and subtle fable of…

Update: Amazon’s AbeBooks rare books and collectibles site back online after 2-day outage – GeekWire

Monday, September 04, 2017

UPDATE: AbeBooks, an Amazon-owned company that offers vintage books, rare collectibles and fine art, is back online as of Sunday evening after a technical issue took down all of its sites and online services for two days. Good news. Our websites and services have been restored. We’re really sorry for all the inconvenience. — AbeBooks (@AbeBooks) September 4, 2017 In one message on Twitter this weekend, AbeBooks described the problem…

Update: Amazon’s AbeBooks rare books and collectibles site back online after 2-day outage – GeekWire

Monday, September 04, 2017

UPDATE: AbeBooks, an Amazon-owned company that offers vintage books, rare collectibles and fine art, is back online as of Sunday evening after a technical issue took down all of its sites and online services for two days. Good news. Our websites and services have been restored. We’re really sorry for all the inconvenience. — AbeBooks (@AbeBooks) September 4, 2017 In one message on Twitter this weekend, AbeBooks described the problem…

The 100 best nonfiction books: No 83 – The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon … – The Guardian

Monday, September 04, 2017

The most celebrated history book in the English language has its own famous founding myth: “It was at Rome, on the 15th of October 1764, as I sat musing amidst the ruins of the Capitol, while the barefooted friars were singing Vespers in the temple of Jupiter, that the idea of writing the decline and fall of the City first started to my mind.” Edward Gibbon almost certainly contrived this…

Amazon’s AbeBooks rare books and collectibles site has been down since Friday night – GeekWire

Monday, September 04, 2017

AbeBooks, an Amazon-owned company that offers vintage books, rare collectibles and fine art, has been offline since late Friday due to a technical issue impacting all of its sites and online services. In one message on Twitter this weekend, AbeBooks described the problem as a hardware issue and said it did not have an estimated time for a fix, but noted that buyer and seller data remained secure. As of…

Amazon’s AbeBooks rare books and collectibles site has been down since Friday night – GeekWire

Sunday, September 03, 2017

AbeBooks, an Amazon-owned company that offers vintage books, rare collectibles and fine art, has been offline since late Friday due to a technical issue impacting all of its sites and online services. In one message on Twitter this weekend, AbeBooks described the problem as a hardware issue and said it did not have an estimated time for a fix, but noted that buyer and seller data remained secure. As of…

‘Captain Underpants’ author hands out hundreds of books at Williams Elementary – Inside NoVA

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Dav Pilkey published his first “Captain Underpants” book two decades ago this year. Yet as soon as he started quizzing hundreds of students at Mary Williams Elementary School about his characters at an Aug. 30 assembly, dozens upon dozens of hands shot up, answers at the ready. The prolific children’s author, who’s penned 63 books in his career, sees a simple reason his work has such…

Books: New and noteworthy: Colbert’s ‘Confessions’ – USA TODAY

Sunday, September 03, 2017

‘Midnight Confessions’ by Stephen Colbert(Photo: Simon & Schuster)   USA TODAY’s Jocelyn McClurg scopes out the hottest books on sale each week. 1. Stephen Colbert’s Midnight Confessions by Stephen Colbert (Simon & Schuster, non-fiction, on sale Sept. 5) What it’s about: New humor book collects “confessions” from the late-night host’s popular TV segment. The buzz: Colbert has a proven track record as an author; his 2007 title I Am America…

12 reasons why you really shouldn’t date a writer – Metro

Sunday, September 03, 2017

No love here (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk) Writers: They’re glamorous, mysterious, creative, passionate, fearless word warriors whose pens are mightier than any sword. And sometimes that’s true. 11 reasons why you really shouldn’t date a musician More often, though, they’re more like angry tramps who live in bins. Like any supposedly glamorous industry, writing is a lot less fancy than you might imagine – and writers are a lot…

The BFG, Skellig, Aubrey … children’s books boom – The Guardian

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Once upon a time, nine-year-old bookworms used to curl up with Little Women, or burrow under the bedclothes with a torch to read Swallows and Amazons after hours. Childhood reading was an idyll in a walled garden and books forever shaped the landscape of our minds. Did that golden age ever exist? One thing is certain: in troubled times the nation’s reading habits have become a lightning rod for parental…

The Secret Books by Marcel Theroux – musings on the road untaken – The Guardian

Sunday, September 03, 2017

“Human beings are compulsive makers and believers of stories,” Marcel Theroux’s fifth novel reminds us. The author of Strange Bodies engagingly explores the act of storytelling and how it shapes our selves and societies, from religion to politics. On one level, this is a pacy adventure moving from modern-day south London to 19th-century France, Russia and India, where a young man becomes a spy and discovers a manuscript holding a secret. Also…