Princeton Architectural Press: Let’s Go Letter Hunting.
A book to help you record what you discover.
Vox: How to speak in Cockney rhyming slang.
Both cerebral and ghetto at the same time.
Past Horizons: Bedlam burial ground - Excavating the records.
One can’t forget Dicken’s Scrooge exclaiming, “... my clerk, with fifteen shillings a week, and a wife and family, talking about a merry Christmas. I’ll retire to Bedlam.” Naught like a bit o’ context.
The Millions: Calendars, Timelines, and Collages - Mapping the Imaginary
How some authors lay out a book.
Euan Semple: Choosing your words carefully.
Agreed. I’ve been reading Churchill’s “The Gathering Storm” not just for the history, but for his phraseology.
WSJ: Cowboy Culture, Alive and Well.
“Given the historic relevance of cowboys and ranchers to the settlement of the American West and to American cultural identity generally, it is curious that art depicting cowboy life tends to be looked down upon in a way other regional forms of artistic expression — Appalachian bluegrass, Delta Blues, Amish and Shaker culture — are not. [snip] ... the art associated with them is often reckoned to be naive, little more than kitsch.” And that’s a shame. Though myth is thick on the ground, there is much to enjoy.
Aeon: Welcome to Earth, population 500 million.
NY Times: Artists Find Audience for Painstaking Letterpress Printing [Craig of Booknotes, famous!]
Youtube: Madame Bovary - Official Trailer.
Everyone’s so young and pretty. Not quite what I imagined from the text. Looks very beautifully appointed.
#idontknow/Tumblr: 100 legal sites to download literature.
Colossal: Behind the Scenes of Elgin Park, a Retro City of Optical Illusions.
The dude who makes scale models and photographs them against actual-sized buildings, has created a book.
Guardian.UK: Milan Kundera’s first novel in more than a decade due in June.
“We have in France one of the greatest contemporary writers. He is called Milan Kundera, and you must read his new book as soon as possible – it could be his last, and it is magnificent, sunny, profound and funny.” A novelist you soak in. A single sentence, read at the right time, can change your life. Can’t wait.
NPR Book Review: ‘Trigger Warning’ By Neil Gaiman.
The Smart Set: The Real Problem with Public Discourse.
“And the best thing about it was, nobody in his life — not his parents, his adult children, his grandchildren, not his neighbors nor the members of his church congregation—knew that Bob Anderson, retired accountant, family man, churchgoer and pillar of his suburban community, was really the infamous scourge of the Internet, that dreaded and admired titan among trolls, Mrpoophispants.”
The Millions: Honey, Would You Read My Book?
Applicable to bloggers, too.
IAMPETH: Compendium of Real Pen Work.
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.