November 26, 2013 | by Sadie Stein
“The artist must avoid thinking like a writer.” The letters of Cézanne.
“It isn’t only about droll or absurd situations, it’s about the language used to describe those situations.” Paul Auster on Samuel Beckett.
In honor of Umberto Eco’s Legendary Lands, maps of imaginary lands.
“Last December, on a Sunday like so many Boston Sundays, one that began in sunshine but gave way to snow showers, three hundred members of Old South Church gathered for a congregational meeting. After hours of debate following weeks of discussion, they voted to sell one of their two copies of the Bay Psalm Book.” Casey N. Cep on America’s first book.
November 25, 2013 | by Sadie Stein
Begin your week with these lovely shots of the Strand Rare Book Room.
Cary “Westley” Elwes is, as one might expect, writing a memoir about the making of The Princess Bride.
“Compiling this Guardian/Observer list of one hundred great novels in the English language, and rediscovering old favourites from week to week, has become as much an autobiographical as a literary process.” How the magic (or at least the list) happens.
“That swaggering conception of manhood now seems wholly deleterious, and even his worldliness suggests little more than a knack for talking to waiters.” Michael Gorra on Hemingway.
November 22, 2013 | by Sadie Stein
November 21, 2013 | by Sadie Stein
The NBAs (you know, the book ones) have come and gone for another year. And the winners are …
Meanwhile, E. L. Doctorow, who was awarded the 2013 Medal for Distinguished Contributors to American Letters, called the Internet “ubiquitous and loomingly present in everything we do.”
Peter Rabbit, Jay Gatsby, and eleven other characters you wish would snap out of it.
Following the 2012 death of T. S. Eliot’s widow, Eliot’s estate is going on the block. (At the end of the day, it seems nothing is as valuable as Cats!)
November 20, 2013 | by Sadie Stein
Charlotte Zolotow has died, at ninety-eight.
So, what would Aldous Huxley do?
C. S. Lewis has been inducted into the famed Poets’ Corner at Westminster Abbey.
Sales of hardcover books are surprisingly brisk.
November 19, 2013 | by Sadie Stein
- The Oxford Word of the Year is … selfie.
- Here is a series of cowboy poets, looking very authentically cowboy-ish indeed.
- Well, swell. Right-wing extremists destroyed a statue of the poet Radnóti Miklós, who died during the Holocaust, and are burning his books.
- “Wonderful Doris Lessing has died. You never expect such rock-solid features of the literary landscape to simply vanish. It’s a shock.” Margaret Atwood salutes the late laureate.