On the Shelf
October 5, 2011 | by Sadie Stein
Hans Christian Andersen.
A cultural news roundup.
Odds on the Nobel?
Harry Potter takes his show on the road.
But not his e-book.
The trouble with Amazon.
Bad news for independent bookstores.
And chain bookstores.
In praise of the Farmers’ Almanac.
Hans Christian Andersen to be buried, again.
Volume 12 of Selected Works of Kim Jong-il hits the shelves.
“That American culture could bring forth so relentless a critic is perhaps one of the reasons to still think well of it.”
A visit to southeast London.
Advice for students: “To get an education, you’re probably going to have to fight against the institution that you find yourself in—no matter how prestigious it may be. (In fact, the more prestigious the school, the more you’ll probably have to push.) You can get a terrific education in America now—there are astonishing opportunities at almost every college—but the education will not be presented to you wrapped and bowed. To get it, you’ll need to struggle and strive, to be strong, and occasionally even to piss off some admirable people.”