Oxford American: Not Yet Lost. [Must-read!]
“We both knew what it felt like to mourn something we had not yet lost.” I call this the read-of-the-month. Wonderfully written, best thing I’ve seen online in ages.
George R.R. Martin: Excerpt from the Winds of Winter.
Now I can stop apologizing for the slowness of Santa Fe’s most-recognized resident ...
Guardian.UK: Tudormania - Why can’t we get over it?
“Mantel is still working on the final book in the Thomas Cromwell trilogy. She told me it was going well, but could not say when it will be finished, or published.” George RR Martin syndrome! It’s catching!
LRB: Ian Penman reviews Patti Smith’s ‘M Train’ and ‘Collected Lyrics 1970-2015’.
Very long article. Skim. “I’ve known many people who dearly love Horses, but I can’t recall a single person ever declaring a passion for any of the other work, intermittent poetry and photography included.”
NPR: The History Of Children’s Books.
“A shift toward books that confront the complexity — and deep emotional challenges — that children and adolescents face.” Getting them on the ‘victimization’ train early, eh?
BBC: Napoleonic ‘treasure’ unearthed in Tasmanian bookshop.
Cool. Every time I step into a used bookstore, I hope to find something like this.
Nicolo Machiavelli, The Prince. Good reading right now.
Much of interest, but I take you to Chapter 20 in specific.
The Millions: Ward Farnsworth Doesn’t Mess Around - On ‘Classical English Metaphor’.
Oh yes. On my reading list!
Vox: Bookslut’s founder on shuttering the website, why American publishing is “repulsive”.
“... her unapologetic frankness is a reminder of the spirit of forthright criticism that made Bookslut great. It will be sorely missed.” Yes, indeed. Another archetypal blog gone.
NY Times: Warsan Shire, the Woman Who Gave Poetry to Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’.
Ah, so this young woman is the wordsmith. Props.
medieval books: The Secrets of Medieval Fonts.
“No surviving artefact underscores this point of variation better than advertisement sheets of commercial scribes.” Even the Dark Ages suffered advertisements?!!
Economist: Language anxieties - A long decline.
SF New Mexican: La Farge library running out of time.
Closing La Farge would be a terrible shame. Hope they can find a new location, rather than just shut it down. It’s the most convenient full-service library to Eldorado. Our little Vista Grande Library is wonderful, but they don’t have the selection the main Santa Fe library system has. I can call and reserve a book, pick it up the next day on the same run I make to check the PO box.
PS Mag: Shakespeare the Social Scientist.
Also, I note that PS Mag is now on ‘white-label’ Medium.com. Seems too spare, with fonts just a bit too large, compared to the original non-Medium version.
Atlas Obscura: 8 Places From Shakespeare That You Can Actually Visit.
Always helpful to have the actual place in one’s head, when one reads the works. Tangential: I recently found a program on British castles; overwrought and overproduced with too little actual information for the time allotted, but seeing Stirling Castle and Stirling bridge gave much color to RLS’s Kidnapped. Re-read it last night in one fell swoop.
Guardian.UK: Shakespeare’s last act - a torrent of twisted fantasies.
Lovely and long. Scanned it, saving it for the (hopefully) relaxing weekend.
OpenCulture: Free Shakespeare Course Starts Today.
NPR: You Can Go Home Again - The Transformative Joy Of Rereading.
“Returning to a book you’ve read multiple times can feel like drinks with an old friend. There’s a welcome familiarity — but also sometimes a slight suspicion that time has changed you both, and thus the relationship. But books don’t change, people do. And that’s what makes the act of rereading so rich and transformative.” Yes, yes, yes.
Catapult Community: Fire Jobs Friday! Internships and writing jobs.
Thought some of my writer friends might find something of interest, or worth passing along.
NewStatesman/Salman Rushdie: How Cervantes and Shakespeare wrote the literary rule book.
FontsInUse: 70s/80s Dune book series covers, New English Library.
Who could forget that cover for God Emperor of Dune?
Open Culture: Carl Sagan Presents His “Baloney Detection Kit” - 8 Tools for Skeptical Thinking.
A form of this should be posted to every internet comments thread as the set of ground rules (along with ‘agreeing to disagree’).
Dissent: Booked - Is It Time to Retire the Term “Revolution”?
“If we look at the broad sweep of modern history from the eighteenth century to the present, we see that revolution has lost its salience as a political concept, and I’m saying this despite Bernie Sanders. I think our political standards have become far too different.”
NY Times: Thomas Jefferson, Neither God Nor Devil.
“... the authors sum up their mission: to bring complexity to a conversation that tends to swing between ‘Jefferson the God’ and ‘Jefferson the Devil,’ and instead try to understand Jefferson’s actions in terms of how he saw himself.” You’d think by now, after decades of scandals, we’d realize that everyone is complex. Neither light nor dark, just a rainbow of shades between.
TheStage.UK: Half of Brits don’t want female Hamlets, claims research.
Since it’s the season of outrage, I wonder when “sexual appropriation” will become a thing.