On the Shelf
August 10, 2011 | by Sadie Stein
A cultural news roundup.
Philip Levine is America’s new poet laureate.
Save the Words is dedicated to bringing underutilized vocabulary back into circulation. A locupletative goal!
The Popeye Cookbook is, not shockingly, heavy on the spinach.
Bienvenue en France, Google Books!
An unlikely hit: The Waste Land app earns back its costs in a mere six weeks.
“I think it’s one of those things where you’re standing in a room, and you’re like, ‘Let’s make a new food magazine.’ And that’s a terrible idea. The world does not need a new food magazine ... But if it’s such a bad idea that you can do a good version of it, then that’s a cool challenge.”
An Edinburgh marathon reading of Theresa Breslin’s Prisoner in Alcatraz attempts to break the world reading record.
Signs of a publishing rebound?
John Burnside on researching a book: “I went for a walk in the Arctic Circle without map or compass. Fortunately, I was only lost for hours, not days.”
Watch Britten’s Turn of the Screw, live.
“There was something a bit Wellsian about photographs of riots and looting across London this weekend. Pictures of burning shops and broken windows and young men confronting uniformed police included crowdsourced images snatched by witnesses in the rapid, unexpected diffusion of trouble. The most dramatic, of Tottenham on fire and the blackened aftermath, are positively apocalyptic. To me, it all seems uncanny and reminiscent of late Victorian science fiction. Even the place names have that quality of ordinariness that Wells exploits in his fantasy of a London apocalypse: Tottenham in flames, insurrection in Enfield, anarchy in Leyton and Islington ...”