Ghost in the Machine: Catching Up - Books.
Busy guy, Kevin. On my reading list(s). For The Past and Future City, did you look at the [what I call] Disneyfication of Santa Fe after 1912? They stripped the Victorian clapboards, the brick buildings, and stuccoed them over to look like Spanish Revival/Pueblo style. The past was forsaken for an older, faux past. Umberto Eco, Travels in Hyperreality, cubed.
NPR: ‘Sweetbitter’ Is A Savory Saga Of Restaurant Life And Love.
I keep seeing reviews of this book again and again. Either it’s a great book, or someone’s really going out of their way to push this. I mean, it’s coming up in at least a half-dozen feeds in my agg over the last week. When you scan the reviews, the point that stands out: “There’s sex in it.” OK.
Youtube/Netflix: The Little Prince - Main Trailer.
Brings tears to my eyes. Saint-Ex comes to save the world, at just the right time. Only few will listen. Will it make a difference? I hope. Fervently hope.
Literary Hub: On the Art and Writing of the 1980s (And Against the 90s).
That third paragraph. How I wish I’d written it!
Literary Hub: How Writers Will Steal Your Life and Use it For Fiction.
The Millions: Dear Novel - On Breaking Up with Your Manuscript.
“ Every fiction writer thinks they need to be in a long-term relationship.” Yeah, yeah, yeah. Sometimes the arc is naturally short. Trying to lengthen it, it just gets worse and worse ... and the self-pressure dials to 11, 12 ...
Catapult: The Fierce Triumph of Loneliness.
“I moved through these scenes like a ghost yet felt astoundingly whole.” Well-expressed.
Guardian.UK: Books are back. Only the technodazzled thought they would go away.
BarnFinds: Restore Or Preserve - Canadian Curtis-Wright P-40 Warhawk.
Beats buying another P-51 or AT-6. I assume it has the rock-solid Allison V-12 in it. If you’ve not read it, American Aces by Edward H. Sims will keep you entertained for a long afternoon or a weekend.
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.