- Hunger Games vs. Twilight: a textual analysis.
- Endangered shop alert: Main Street Books in St. Charles, Missouri, needs a buyer. But for once it’s not all gloom and doom; the store is solvent, and the owners say they simply want to travel and spend more time with their grandchildren.
- Twelve deeply weird Christmas stories.
- Artist Jim Kay is illustrating the reissue of the Harry Potter series, and it is my sad duty to inform you that word makeover is being employed.
This Chart of Famous Eyewear is amazing—I think even those of you with perfect eyesight will agree—and the literary world is well-represented by the frames of, respectively, Hunter S. Thompson, Harry Potter, and Dolores Haze. But whither the greatest literary glasses of all time, the all-seeing specs of Dr. T. J. Eckleburg???
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- When writers tweet from beyond the grave, they are strangely prolific.
- Chekhov, the (free) e-book.
- Douglas Adams gets a Google Doodle on what would have been his sixty-first birthday, in other posthumous lit-tech news.
- Neil Gaiman remembers the comic sci-fi legend.
- Presented without comment: a Lego Hogwarts.
- If you’re not Pride and Prejudiced out, here’s a playlist. (We think it should end with “Chapel of Love,” but that’s a matter of opinion.)
- Barnes & Noble will be downsizing, closing twenty stores a year for the next ten years. (Did you know they had that many stores?)
- In related news, the Globe and Mail is, depressingly, slashing its books section. That’s right: “Slashing.”
- At least the word puberty is no longer censored! Judy Blume on the bad times.
- It would seem that Harry Potter, like the Bible, can be used to support any argument.