Posts Tagged ‘On the Shelf’
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.
August 29, 2012 | by Sadie Stein
Seattle band Fleet Foxes is launching an arts and literary journal, The Unified Field. Quoth the L, “Round one features a journal entry penned by recently freed West Memphis 3 member Damien Echols on adjusting to life after eighteen years on death row, an excerpt from Gloria Steinem’s forthcoming book, a photo essay on adolescence by noted rock photographer Autumn de Wilde, a contribution from SPIN’s Charles Aaron, and another from Animal Collective sister/visual collaborator Abby Portner, among 30-plus other pieces.” Proceeds benefit nonprofit 826 National.
During the sixties, the FBI kept a file on suspected communist sympathizer Ray Bradbury. According to the bureau’s then-source, “some of Bradbury’s stories have been definitely slanted against the United States and its capitalistic form of governmental.”
Kindles don’t have a soporific effect according to one study: “a two-hour exposure to light from self-luminous electronic displays can suppress melatonin by about 22 percent … Stimulating the human circadian system to this level may affect sleep in those using the devices prior to bedtime.”
The Marriage Plot hits the small screen.
Across languages, “the fundamental colour hierarchy, at least in the early stages (black/white, red, yellow/green, blue) remains generally accepted. The problem is that no one could explain why this ordering of colour exists. Why, for example, does the blue of sky and sea, or the green of foliage, not occur as a word before the far less common red?”