The Man in Black, and Other News


On the Shelf


  • “Coeur d’Alene Sen. John Goedde, chairman of the Idaho Senate Education Committee, introduced legislation Tuesday to require every Idaho high school student to read Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged and pass a test on it to graduate from high school.” (When questioned, Goedde clarified, “I don’t plan on moving this forward—it was a statement.”) 
  • “Jane Austen has been dead for close to two hundred years, but it’s hard to imagine she’s gotten much rest in her grave in Westminster Abbey, what with all the rewrites, updates and zombifications of her work.” Enough already! says Carolyn Kellogg. 
  • “Son, where are your books on trains?” On selling books to Johnny Cash. (Spoiler: as amazing as it sounds.)
  • Yes, there is a hotel designed to look like Joseph Conrad’s steamer. Ten hotels based on literature.