On the Shelf



A cultural news roundup.

  • Just where are Cervantes’s bones?
  • Maurice Sendak’s new book, Bumble-Ardy.
  • Is this the worst sentence of the year?
  • The Man Booker Prize longlist is announced; it’s eclectic! The shortlist comes out in September.
  • Let’s not forget the Not Booker Prize.
  • This artist fought George Lucas, and won.
  • “Award-winning science-fiction writer Alastair Reynolds is to delve into the past of Doctor Who in a new novel that sees the Time Lord in his Jon Pertwee incarnation taking on the Master.”
  • And that’s not all: “new” Mickey Spillanes!
  • After twelve years, Whit Stillman has a new film. Damsels in Distress, starring Greta Gerwig,  will close the Venice Film Festival.
  • “In an industry that has been upended by the growth of e-books, publishers are moving against convention by pushing paperbacks into publication earlier than usual, sometimes less than six months after they appeared in hardcover.”
  • Grace Coddington sells her memoir for seven figures to Random House.
  • Moist and other repulsive words.