April 19, 2013 | by Sadie Stein
A sly French literacy campaign wins international plaudits. (Look again: that’s it right there!)
Writers mobilize to save Venice’s bookshops.
Sadly, Portland’s Murder by the Book is meeting an unkinder fate.
“When she went to New York [from Boston], she wasn’t thinking about the work she was going to do—she was thinking about the clothes she was going to wear.” Sylvia Plath’s month at Mademoiselle, an experience that would figure in The Bell Jar.
Well, this was clearly never going to bother anyone: “10 Talented Female Authors I Wouldn’t Kick Out of Bed for Writing About Crackers.” (He has a type.)
August 20, 2012 | by Sadie Stein
“It’s a bookshop right on the canal that floods every year, so the eccentric, stray-cat-adopting owner keeps his books in boats, bathtubs and a disused gondola to protect them.” A visit to Venice’s Libreria Acqua Alta.
The fifty best literary put-downs.
“The original Palatino was based on humanist typefaces from the Italian Renaissance, and was named after sixteenth-century Italian calligraphy master Giambattista Palatino.” A history of the most popular fonts used in design.
And Then His Hands Went Below the Table: cheating, lying, and disgrace at the National Scrabble Championships.
“Panzer-man, panzer-man, O You— / Not God but a swastika.” According to FBI Files, Sylvia Plath’s father, Otto, may indeed have had Nazi sympathies.