Ancient Vintage, and Other News


On the Shelf


  • At various points, the FBI suspected William Vollmann of being the Unabomber, the anthrax mailer, and a terrorist training with the Afghan mujahideen.
  • “Reviewers have the right to rate a book however they feel like, with absolutely no justification what so ever. Get over it princess.” A young writer accuses Goodreads of a culture of bullying.
  • Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is a big fan of Victor Hugo.
  • Italian archaeologists are growing grapes with an eye to crafting an ancient-style wine according to techniques described by Virgil.