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WTF, and Other News

September 24, 2013 | by


  • Poet Kofi Awoonor was among the victims of the Nairobi terrorist attacks. The African Poetry Book Fund will publish his final collection next year. Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal runs one of his last poems.
  • Following charges of author-bullying, Goodreads has declared that, going forward, it will “delete content focused on author behavior.”
  • China is establishing a naming system for seabed areas based on the oldest known collection of Chinese poetry, Classic of Poetry, also known as the Book of Odes, which dates from the eleventh to seventh centuries B.C.
  • A concise history of WTF.


    Ancient Vintage, and Other News

    August 23, 2013 | by


  • At various points, the FBI suspected William Vollmann of being the Unabomber, the anthrax mailer, and a terrorist training with the Afghan mujahideen.
  • “Reviewers have the right to rate a book however they feel like, with absolutely no justification what so ever. Get over it princess.” A young writer accuses Goodreads of a culture of bullying.
  • Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is a big fan of Victor Hugo.
  • Italian archaeologists are growing grapes with an eye to crafting an ancient-style wine according to techniques described by Virgil.


    Spoiler Alert: Why We Abandon Books

    July 12, 2013 | by

    This infographic on “the psychology of abandonment”—that is, why we don’t finish certain books—makes for fun reading. But even more interesting is the Goodreads list of those titles most frequently abandoned. We don’t want to spoil Stieg Larsson for anyone, but let’s just say that those who don’t persevere are missing out on some sexual sadism and computer espionage.




    Faulkner Nobel on the Block, and Other News

    March 29, 2013 | by




    Politics, Nerds, Gunpowder

    October 8, 2012 | by

  • Cormac McCarthy’s notes reveal a recipe for gunpowder and a very different Blood Meridian.
  • Goodreads compares the reading habits of Romney and Obama supporters.
  • J. K. Rowling returns to children’s fiction.
  • “Using adverbs is a mortal sin,” and other rules for writing fiction from prominent writers.
  • Ten essential reads for books nerds.
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