The Daily

Posts Tagged ‘roundup’

Parks and Prejudice, and Other News

July 11, 2013 | by


  • This speaks for itself: Pride and Prejudice mashed up with Parks and Recreation.
  • Take this (anonymous) survey: What books do you pretend to have read?
  • Shockingly, famously gregarious joiner J. D. Salinger was no fan of book clubs.
  • Speaking of! The Catcher in the Rye and twenty-seven other books that Buzzfeed deems red flags.
  • Windsor Castle is seeking “an exceptional scholar and bibliophile” to manage the Royal Library.


    Anonymous Library Sculptures, and Other News

    June 21, 2013 | by


  • Anonymous, bookish sculptures have been popping up at Scottish libraries.
  • “It’s nice to go out with a bang”: Alice Munro may (or may not) retire.
  • This will, predicts The New Republic, result in the sort of tedious furor that accompanies any such statement.
  • Some pediatricians are prescribing books to small children: great! (Lollipops are, presumably, a thing of the past.)
  • Tom Wolfe’s next bookThe Kingdom of Speech, is a “nonfiction account of the animal/human speech divide.”


    Dolly Parton, Our Lady of Free Books, and Other News

    May 31, 2013 | by


  • Did you know Dolly Parton has a discreet career delivering 50 million free books to children, as part of Imagination Library? Of course she does.
  • Pencil nibbler? These peppermint pencils are designed to stimulate concentration. (You’re actually just intended to sniff them.)
  • At the 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee, participants were to be required not merely to spell but also to define the words in question. This resulted in indignation
  • Speaking of! Twitter either showcases, or causes, abhorrent spelling and grammar.
  • Presented without comment: “A publishing company is spicing up a cross-Canada literary event by adding knitting to the equation.”


    Tom Hanks Hoards Typewriters, and Other News

    May 29, 2013 | by

    Hemingway’s typewriter, not in Tom Hanks’s house.



    Manuscripts Lost and Found, and Other News

    May 23, 2013 | by


  • A lost Pearl S. Buck manuscript, found in a Texas storage unit, will be published this fall.
  • In other literary surprise news: on public display for the first time is a previously unknown Tolkien poem, “The Fall of Arthur,” part of a magical literature exhibition at the Bodleian Library.
  • It’s sad enough when a bookstore closes, but what to do about the inventory? Seattle-area Once Sold Tales scrambles to place 500,000 books by month’s end.
  • Eoin Colfer lists his top fictional villains. Discuss.
  • Keith Richards claims to owe fifty years’ worth of library fines, which the Huffington Post estimates at over $30,000.



    Celestial Homework, and Other News

    May 22, 2013 | by


    • This is Allen Ginsberg’s reading list for his class “Literary History of the Beats.” (Yes, he is on it.)
    • RIP children’s author Bernard Waber, who brought us Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile.
    • Australias Qantas Airlines is introducing a series of novels, Stories for Every Journey, designed to last the duration of each flight. (Well, not every journey; this seems to be specifically aimed at the “Bronze to Platinum One” customers.)
    • “‘Let me use your reading material as an impetus for awkward conversation’ is a time-honored tactic of creepers the world over.” A plea to be left in peace. [Editor’s note: That said, being randomly asked, in a Left Bank branch of Paul bakery, if I was reading “a novel of old Paris” remains one of the highlights of my life.]