Posts Tagged ‘On the Shelf’
January 4, 2013 | by Sadie Stein
Happy Friday. Here are twenty photos of authors whooping it up.
By way of balance, a catalogue of authors’ ailments.
The end of an era: the Borders flagship sign comes down.
In related news, Barnes & Noble reported tepid holiday sales.
“There aren’t any obvious candidates for the Nobel Prize and the prize committee is in an unenviable situation.” The lackluster rationale for Steinbeck’s 1962 win. (Lawrence Durrell, meanwhile, “gives a dubious aftertaste … because of [his] monomaniacal preoccupation with erotic complications.”)
October 30, 2012 | by Sadie Stein
When Indiana librarians opened a donated copy of Robert Stone’s Outerbridge Reach, they found it contained an Arma San Marco .31-caliber, a single-shot black-powder handgun. Reported reaction: “Oh, my.”
Essential stormy-weather reads.
Faulkner vs. Woody Allen: the plot thickens.
How to care for old and lovely books.
A breakdown of the megapublishing merger.
September 27, 2012 | by Sadie Stein
In honor of T. S. Eliot’s birthday, here is a manuscript page of “Virginia.”
Beatrix Potter’s family recipes go on the auction block: no rabbit, but she does instruct the reader how to prepare turkey.
Wearable words for the bookish dresser.
A new biography claims that John Keats was an opium addict.
The embattled Rebecca musical is finally starting rehearsals.
September 26, 2012 | by Sadie Stein
Brilliant: book club in a box.
Writers defend their favorite punctuation marks.
Tao Lin is selling his stuff on Twitter.
This gent has the largest collection of primary Hemingway works in existence.
The head judge of the Man Booker Prize claims book bloggers are harming literature.
August 31, 2012 | by Sadie Stein
The evolution of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s autograph.
We have long been intrigued by the Strand’s “The Jean Files,” a series of notes, found in books, to a woman named Jean. The latest plea is especially intriguing.
Listen to Dylan Thomas read “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night.”
Thank you to Iris Blasi for unearthing this vintage bit of Letterman, um, wit: Top Ten Bookstore Pickup Lines.
We may be biased, but are happy to disseminate the following: “According to a new study, people with an active interest in the arts contribute more to society than those with little or no such interest.”
August 30, 2012 | by Sadie Stein
Ten books that will never be Penguin classics (except in this mock-up).
The John Updike Society has purchased the author’s childhood home, with an eye to creating a museum.
Politicians’ favorite books.
A new candidate for Shakespeare’s mysterious “dark lady” has emerged: a prostitute called “Lucy Negro,” an “arrant whore and a bawde” who worked in Clerkenwell.
A dress made of Harry Potter. Naturally.