Imgur: Updated Google Maps Middle Earth.
TessGerritsen: My GRAVITY lawsuit and how it affects every writer who sells to Hollywood.
“Alfonso Cuaron was attached to direct my film — a fact I did not know at the time.” Documentary proof of that, and she’s got Warner ‘dead to rights’ [excuse the pun]. Linked for those writers who read here.
Neil Gaiman: Reader frets over ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ popularity.
c|net: The sixth ‘Game of Thrones’ book won’t be released in 2015.
Not especially surprised. He’s been busy doing PR, operating the Jean Cocteau theatre, driving his purple Tesla ...
New Yorker: The Man to Know in Ancient Rome.
“That I am safe, neither, as yet, do I believe, nor do I rejoice.” I think you had to be there. Sure to get the serial comma folks all nervous and jerky.
Paris Review: Shying.
“... people don’t look at you sitting by yourself and think, ‘she’s shy.’ They will, perhaps, attribute to you all the power you give them. In short, they will merely think you aloof.” I can’t remember the last time I used the word, “shy”. Worthy of thought.
CBC: Archaeologists find casket with Don Quixote author’s initials.
No real new information, but photos.
medievalbooks: Medieval Speech Bubbles.
Even bubble-less. Clever.
Guardian.UK: The boy who didn’t come back from heaven: inside a bestseller’s ‘deception’.
“The word exploitation is very appropriate. The children are exploited. The Christian public is exploited. The buyers are exploited.” For related exploitation, see the LRB link yesterday.
LRB: Hilary Mantel reviews ‘The Voices of Gemma Galgani’.
“It ought to be possible to live and thrive, without conforming, complying, giving in, but also without imitating a man, even Christ: it should be possible to live without constant falsification. It should be possible for a woman to live – without feeling that she is starving on the doorstep of plenty – as light, remarkable, strong and free.” Powerful load of baggage to load on a book or four. But worth the read.
ArtDaily: Works by Leonardo da Vinci on display the Phoenix Art Museum for the first time.
“The exhibition is focused around the Codex Leicester—comprised of 18 double-page and double-sided sheets (72 pages total). This is the only manuscript by Leonardo in a private American collection and one of the world’s most important intellectual manuscripts.” Oh man. I just might have to take a drive.
Paris Review: Hoarding Books on a Road Trip to California
“One of our hosts, a kindly German who spent time in Tibet as a young man before becoming an old one in the hills above Santa Fe, strongly encouraged us to invest in snow chains ahead of a coming storm. The advice was sound, but Sheena and I had trouble accepting that problematic amounts of snow could find their way to any part of Arizona. The next morning, in Flagstaff, we could just make out the Jetta under a foot of fresh, white powder, as more flakes fluttered down.” Never underestimate Mother Nature and the high desert mountain region. This isn’t the Sahara.
NPR: What If Heaven Is Not For Real?
“... even though none of us existed 1,000 years ago, you don’t find many people worrying about their nonexistence during the Dark Ages. Our not-being in the past doesn’t worry us. So, why does our not-being in the future freak us out so much?”
Vox: This gorgeous tree shows early American history in a whole new way.
You know, I can waste hours in second-hand shops looking at out-of-date history books, encyclopedias. So much is edited out of modern texts, that add context to our understanding of past eras.
Paris Review: The Cult Appeal of Kyril Bonfiglioli‘s “Mortdecai” Novels.
“... I am a product of my time and a woman. And I found the book — with its caustic, rape-centric plot—ugly.” Bang-zoom. If we held all movies against the original books, I think we’d be devoid of entertainment. I still can’t forgive Peter Jackson for what he did to Gandalf. And how could anyone come up with a movie from Silver Linings Playbook? Yet someone did. Anyway. The trailers of Mortdecai make me think of Mr Bean with too much plot, for some strange reason. Little urge to see the movie.
New Republic: The Fate of Reading in a Digital World.
“There are certain connections we make that go beyond decoding words.” Amen. Yet we should look to ebooks and books as complements, not as one ‘killing off’ the other.
The Rumpus: What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding.
NY Times: Why Are We Obsessed With the Great American Novel?
Codex99: Hemingway and the Cocktail.
Of interest. You folks misspelled ‘correspondent.’
Open Culture: Hear Hemingway Read Hemingway, and Faulkner Read Faulkner.
What’s interesting to me is how slowly Hemingway speaks, with precise pronunciation. You’d think Faulkner would read slower.
LA Times: Ray Bradbury’s house, sold for $1.76 million, being torn down.
Another reason to dislike “starchitects”. As if I needed more.
NY Review of Books: They’re Watching You Read.
“These statistics are certain to perplex writers who have so often been told by their publishers that a book’s popularity will not be affected in the least by costly newspaper or magazine advertising, but only by the more unpredictable, much desired — and free — publicity generated by ‘word of mouth.’ Are we now to assume that readers are telling their friends to read books that they themselves have failed to finish?”
Telegraph.UK: Bletchley - the women’s story.
Smithsonian: Did Civil War Soldiers Have PTSD?
Of course they did. “When over 5,000 Confederates fell in a failed assault at Malvern Hill in Virginia, a Union colonel wrote: ‘A third of them were dead or dying, but enough were alive to give the field a singularly crawling effect.’” The archetype of the mentally scarred warrior has existed for a very, very long time. Even The Iliad talks of battle disgust.
Paris Review: Notes on Becoming a Crank.
“While a crank’s crankiness may manifest in an adherence to social issues (and it often does), a true crank is equally committed to petty concerns, and, indeed, does not distinguish between the two.” And look at the kerning on that font they use ... oops ...