Fake Blake, Back Covers, and Other News


On the Shelf


  • So what’s with all the women’s backs on book covers?
  • “Could I have chosen my own genius and condition, I would have made myself a great poet,” said John Quincy Adams. Judge for yourself.
  • A school librarian has discovered that a poem called “Two Sunflowers Move into the Yellow Room”—attributed to Blake and included on many a school reading list—was in fact written in the United States in the 1980s.
  • Following some extremely (and legally) questionable advice on “getting awesome with women,” Kickstarter has banned all seduction guides. 
  • This week’s Bookriot Sunday Diversion—guessing a book title based on its Library of Congress catalog subjects—is, in our humble opinion, nearly impossible.