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On the Shelf

October 26, 2011 | by

A cultural news roundup.

  • Whiting winners have been announced.
  • A Shakespeare organization defends the Bard’s honor against the slander of Anonymous.
  • After all, “With its portrayal of William Shakespeare as a drunken buffoon who could hardly read, let alone write some of the finest poetry in the English language, Roland Emmerich’s Anonymous was unlikely to be popular with the Stratford set.”
  • Ditto Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing.
  • We imagine Melville fans will be wary of Moby-Dick in space, too.
  • Speaking of Moby-Dick ...
  • Here’s one for purists: Tolkien’s original Hobbit illustrations.
  • A Harold Pinter sketch has been rediscovered.
  • Ditto a forgotten O’Neill one-act.
  • Protest for tots.
  • Archimedes’s brain.
  • Tintin’s long shadow.
  • Authors’ heavy beards.
  • “From the moment Ron Shaoul took it upon himself to investigate the practice of reading on the toilet, scouring medical literature and turning up nothing of note as to its public health consequences, the situation became clear that here, on his hands, was a big job.”
  • Writers for the 99 percent.
  • Booksellers, spies ... two sides of the same coin!
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    On the Shelf

    August 17, 2011 | by

    A cultural news roundup.

  • Just Kids gets the big-screen treatment.
  • So does Tolkien.
  • Kathryn Stockett triumphs in court (as well as at the movies).
  • Need an alternative to The Help? Try Welty.
  • “As a kid I would get my parents to drop me off at my local library on their way to work during the summer holidays and I would walk home at night. For several years I read the children’s library until I finished the children’s library. Then I moved into the adult library and slowly worked my way through them. With the kids’ library I did it alphabetically but I discovered I couldn't do that with the adult one because there were too many big boring books to read, so I did it by interesting covers.”
  • A tribute to Wendy Wasserstein.
  • Amazon moves in on publishing with first “major” deal.
  • The next best thing to a vacation? Reading about a vacation.
  • The movies may be complete, and the books long finished, but Harry Potter fans need not despair: Pottermore launches in October.
  • The case for spoilers!
  • Who’s your favorite deliciously awful fictional character?
  • Bookstores clear a “Rick Perry” section.
  • “Ah ha! I’ve finally put my finger on a concrete reason for my lingering, irrational, doubtless soon-to-be-jettisoned prejudice against e-readers.”
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