July 2, 2012 | by The Paris Review
Master book thief Anders Burius stole the 1597 Wytfliet Atlas a decade ago; now, it has turned up in New York, and will be returned to the Swedish Royal Library.
A New Mexico woman was jailed for failing to return a copy of Twilight to the library. (Charges have since been dropped.)
An Argentinian independent publisher Eterna Cadencia adds an element of urgency to reading, by publishing books in disappearing ink.
A lawyer requests time off from a murder trial to attend the famed Key West Hemingway Lookalike Contest. And is denied.
A handy chart helps you choose your beach read.
June 11, 2012 | by The Paris Review
The classics, condensed for babies.
Archaeologists from the Museum of London are excavating the Curtain Theatre, which predates the Globe, and may have served as an interim home for Shakespeare’s troupe.
In praise of the paper clip.
Buzz Bissinger versus Dallas.
Amazilla versus Barnes Kong: watch the epic trailer for Rebel Bookseller.
Slavoj Žižek: “For me, the idea of hell is the American type of parties. Or, when they ask me to give a talk, and they say something like, ‘After the talk there will just be a small reception’—I know this is hell. This means all the frustrated idiots, who are not able to ask you a question at the end of the talk, come to you and, usually, they start: ‘Professor Žižek, I know you must be tired, but …’ Well, fuck you. If you know that I am tired, why are you asking me? I'm really more and more becoming Stalinist. Liberals always say about totalitarians that they like humanity, as such, but they have no empathy for concrete people, no? OK, that fits me perfectly. Humanity? Yes, it's OK—some great talks, some great arts. Concrete people? No, ninety-nine percent are boring idiots.”
June 4, 2012 | by The Paris Review
A rare, first-edition Book of Mormon has been stolen from an Arizona store.
The Atlantic presents a slideshow of images from the “graphic canon,” in which artists take on the classics.
Will 2012 be the biggest Book Expo ever?
An interactive map of the UK’s literary destinations.
The return of Oprah’s Book Club.