Autoweek: Car books for holiday shopping.
WaPo: The Post drops the ‘mike’ — and the hyphen in ‘e-mail’.
Of note. Wonderful that we have humans who obsess over this kind of thing.
NY TImes: ‘Childhood’s End,’ a Syfy Adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke’s Chillin
LRB: Michael Wood reviews ‘The Hunger Games’.
The Rumpus: Girl In The Woods By Aspen Matis.
On my burgeoning reading list.
Sefaria: a Living Library of Jewish Texts Online.
BookBub: Free Ebooks.
I seem to be the last person to have heard of this service. They inform you of deals from the major ebook retailers (free offers, reduced cost specials, etc.). Surprised at the bestsellers that get discounted occasionally. I haven’t joined yet (except with a fake email for a brief few minutes), but it looked useful. Anyone using them? I’m just concerned it’s an email-harvesting operation.
NY Times: Rare King James Bible First Edition Discovered at Drew University.
You can play Indiana Jones at your local library.
The Atlantic: The Irony of Writing About Digital Preservation.
Silly me. I thought we still relied on microfilm as a backup.
Paris Review: Kay Nielsen’s Stunning Illustrations for “East of the Sun…”
I might have to purchase one. My old man had an amazing old copy of this book - the binding had gorgeous illustration. As a young child, I remember holding to the top of my bed’s headboard (that was pushed up against a wall of books) and staring at that book’s binding illustrations. Sad to say, I never cracked it. As my age increased, my interest waned. Perhaps now I’ll read it, in addition to admiring the artwork.
Washington Post: Young fogies - Modern illiberalism is led by students.
Orwell, 1984: “There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment. How often, or on what system, the Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork. It was even conceivable that they watched everybody all the time. But at any rate they could plug in your wire whenever they wanted to. You had to live — did live, from habit that became instinct — in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized.”
Do kids no longer read Orwell - or is this, in itself, requiring a ‘trigger warning’?
I’ve had a hell of a time on this blog, increasingly over the last half-dozen years, playing Devil’s Advocate. The younger generations just plain old don’t understand it.
History Today: The Lost World of Byzantium.
On the list. For a library loan.
LRB: Thomas Chatterton Williams reviews ‘Between the World and Me’ by Ta-Nehisi Coates.
“The acceptance of this pessimistic assessment means that forty million people must be seen as permanent victims.” Of note; make time to read through.
Tangential: I find that accepting ‘victimhood’ forces one to accept a whole host of maladies that one doesn’t actually experience (reference to my own speech issues through life). So I don’t. Accept ‘victimhood.’ I’m not a ‘victim’. America leans way to hard on ‘victimhood’. I’m a bloody survivor, and damned proud of it.
Guardian.UK: Scientists finally get under the skin of a 13th century publishing mystery.
Slate: Howard Axelrod’s The Point of Vanishing, reviewed.
Civil War Memory: Ta-Nehisi Coates and Civil War memory.
“I don’t think anyone has gone further to engage the tough questions of the Civil War and interpret their relevance for both the black community and for a nation that continues to struggle with race relations.”
Guardian.UK: Umberto Eco - ‘Real literature is about losers’.
“Since it is very difficult to decide what’s true or not I discovered that it’s easier to arrive at truth through the analysis of fakes. I would say that 50% or more of public opinion is shaped by fakes. We are blackmailed by them.”
NY Times/Letter of Recommendation: The ‘Death in … ’ Books.
“In their defense, there are indeed lessons to be learned from other people’s tragedies: Don’t pitch your tent at the edge of a cliff if you plan on getting drunk; don’t try to befriend the buffalo. Still, no one buys a book with a skull on the cover because they’re hoping for edification.” You will learn loads. Mostly that ill-preparation is a game of chance with Mother Nature, and she often wins.
USA Today: The memoir George H.W. Bush couldn’t write.
Sounds interesting. A library borrow, perhaps.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Book titles with full text online.
Hey, like wow.
Aeon: Reading should not carry a health warning.
“At universities around the world, students are claiming that reading books can unsettle them to the point of becoming depressed, traumatised or even suicidal.” Today’s students sound like ‘70’s parents, wanting to hide certain magazines behind solid shelves. I think there are solid arguments to be made for age appropriate reading (some books cannot be appreciated without meaningful life experience). Yet I hear of wide swaths of college freshmen popping Adderall and Xanax like Pez. Different world from mine - I’d say the education system needs a rethink, if kids are drugged up to their eyeballs.
my pen is a pistola: Kim Catrall wins the internets.
Paris Review: How Terrifying a Ship on Fire Is.
Imagining a backstory to a famed painting.
JSTOR: Linguistic Anarchy! It’s all Pun and Games Until Somebody Loses a Sign.
Paris Review: The Lumpy, Crowded Graveyard - On Necrotopology and Memory
“There were few tombstones — five, ten, maybe twenty — in a space that we know holds thousands of bodies, and they were not set in concrete. They are invariably depicted as tilting precariously, as if to proclaim their impermanence. And since no one could claim a specific part of the churchyard, they were in fact transient. Even the occasional box tomb is usually shown in a state of disrepair. Inside there was more hope for rest but even there nothing was assured.” Well, now ... ‘Dem bones, dem bones gonna walk around’ may not be so true.