Telegraph.UK: William Shakespeare, the ‘king of infinite space’.
“Usher’s proposal strikes most Shakespeare scholars as far-fetched – yet even sceptics do a double-take when they look at Brahe’s coat of arms, noticing that two of Brahe’s relatives were named ‘Rosencrans’ and ‘Guildensteren’.”
The Cambridge Works of Ben Jonson.
Telegraph.UK: How to choreograph a theatrical fight scene.
Cool. In my calendar, too.
OpenCulture: Harold Bloom Creates a Massive List of Works in The “Western Canon”.
As good a Great Books list as you’ll find. I’ve been working through it for years, m’self.
Open Culture: Lewis Carroll’s 8 Still-Relevant Rules For Letter-Writing.
Fine advice … leverage this for answering blog commenters, too! Bookmarked.
NPR: Before He Fell To Earth, ‘The Little Prince’ Was Born In N.Y.
“Nelson shows an extraordinary letter Saint-Exupery wrote and illustrated for a friend in 1940, when he was still in France. A man looking very much like the author is standing on a cloud.” Saint-Ex occupies a special place in the heart of aviators.
Guardian.UK: Babylonian tablet shows how Noah’s ark could have been constructed.
“The ark is a huge circular coracle, 3,600 square metres in dimension or two-thirds the size of a football pitch, made like a giant rope basket strengthened with wooden ribs, and waterproofed with bitumen inside and out.” Whenever anyone mentions a coracle, my thoughts immediately fix on Jim Hawkins in Ben Gunn’s coracle (Stevenson’s Treasure Island). Note this is an article in support of a book.
Writer’s Digest: How Hugh Howey Turned His Self-Published Story “Wool” Into a Success.
Guardian.UK: Does digital publishing mean the death of the author?
Budding authors, don’t quit your day jobs.
Dissent Magazine: Steady Work - Sixty Years of Dissent.
An autobiography, of sorts. Long read.
OpenCulture: Kitties That Left Paw Prints … and Peed … on 15th Century Manuscripts.
“Hic non defectus est, sed cattus minxit desuper nocte quadam.” Not the ‘illumination’ they were intending, obviously.
LensCulture: Princeton University - The Itinerant Languages of Photography.
“The project takes its point of departure from the idea that photography, as a set of different practices and technologies, resists being fixed in place—that the photograph assumes its full meaning only after it has been reproduced and displaced. Tracing historical forms of traffic and displacement in photography over time, the project focuses on four different manifestations of itinerancy—photographs, revolutions, subjects, and archives—each of which considers a different aspect of photographic movement.” Definitely on my list of books to get. So few books deal with what makes a great photograph.
OpenCulture: “The Tolkien Professor” Presents Three Free Courses on The Lord of the Ring
Suggested for downtime tune-in.
Common-place/Book Review: On Records.
“When memory, as opposed to the past, is the object of study, one cannot simply peel off layers to arrive at a primeval green.” Selected for that quote, and for the fact the book deals with the Lenni Lenape, who used to roam across some of my childhood’s landscape, and serve as fodder for adventures.
Operation War Diary.
The diaries and communications of WWI soldiers, online. Endless details.
Public Books: For World Literature.
“Considering that none of our objects—not cultures, not readers, not writers—fit within a national frame, why did we ever imagine that nations were the best organizing principles for the study of literature?” Long.
ArtDaily: Family archives of William Penn the man who founded Pennsylvania for sale.
“A prominent Quaker, Penn was a strong advocate of both democratic freedoms and religious tolerance, beliefs he applied when he landed in America in 1682 to take possession of his lands. Many of the principles he laid down in the framework of government for the new Province of Pennsylvania were later enshrined in the US constitution.” Some great stuff here; Penn was an icon in early American history. If you’re in London, go take a peek.
Flickr: From first published to masterpieces.
Tracing great authors’ recognition durations, from ‘first publish’ to ‘masterpiece.’ View very large.
The New Yorker: We’re Not In New York Anymore - A Free Home for Writers in Detroit?
“In a contemporary, literary twist on old homesteading incentives, a new nonprofit organization called Write a House is refurbishing three two-bedroom houses in Detroit and accepting applications this spring for writers to move in, rent free. Poets, journalists, novelists, and anyone who falls somewhere in between are encouraged to apply. If the writers stay for the required two years and fulfill other obligations, such as engaging with the city’s literary community and contributing to the program’s blog, they’ll even get the deed to the place.” Cool idea.
The Airship: 10 Teen Girls Who are Toppling Dystopian Regimes.
“So the kids in your life loved The Hunger Games trilogy, and you did too. After all, who doesn’t love a feisty heroine, especially one who sparks the overthrow of tyranny? But Katniss Everdeen isn’t the only teenage girl challenging despots in the far-off future.” Hopefully they use better names for secondary characters than ‘Peeta.’
The New Yorker: Writers and Rum - Why Authorship and Alcohol Have Gone Together.
“Growing up, he had absorbed the notion that a good writer wasn’t just possibly a drunk; a good writer had to be a drunk to be any good at all.” Much as the belief that any artist must be mentally ill.
ArtDaily: “The Unknown Berenice Abbott” edited by Ron Kurtz and Hank O’Neal.
Photo aficionados, take note.
Longform: Writers on writing.
Some I haven’t linked before.
ArtDaily: maps, atlases, books and personal letters highlight Waverly’s Catalog Sale.
Longreads: Required Reading from Journalism Professors.
Another good link for bloggers, methinks.