I first read this post on readers’ reactions to rape victims in literature at The Rejectionist, but it made the rounds again a couple of weeks ago when it was republished at The Rumpus. Must read: Trigger Warning.
Chicago Reader has a great profile of Howard Goldblatt, translator of Nobel-winning Chinese literature.
The L.A. Times has a cool interactive literary map of Los Angeles. Click on a location, and the related book passage pops up.
The Atlantic recently published an article about the history of feminist utopian literature.
The Atlantic examines why there are almost no obituaries for Sylvia Plath, while The Guardian talks about how she didn’t want to mother to know about The Bell Jar. Meanwhile, Brainpicker shares what happened on this day in 1956: Plath and Ted Hughes meet in “one of literary history’s steamiest encounters.”
The New York Times profiles the “oracle” of the Strand Book Store, Ben McFall.
Beyonce hired a librarian to catalog over 50,000 hours of her personal videos.
Author Terry Deary talks smack about public libraries, saying that, “we’ve got this idea that we’ve got an entitlement to read books for free, at the expense of authors, publishers and council tax payers.” People weren’t happy.
With the rise of people reading stuff on tiny screens (like phones), short stories are seeing a renaissance.
As usual, I’m kicking this off with my Junot obsession:
Junot Díaz wrote a piece on why he loves Tokyo.
Junot talks love, life, and heartbreak in New York Magazine.
Perhaps my favorite Junot article to come of the This is How You Loser Her publicity blitz: his book recommendations!
Annie Leibovitz did a photo shoot for Vogue’s September issue based on Edith Wharton. It was shot at Wharton’s estate and features Jeffrey Eugenides, Junot Díaz , and Jonathan Safran Foer. Eugenides in particular is workin’ it.
Speaking of style and cool photos, one couple centered the theme of their wedding on Erin Mortgensen’s The Night Circus. I WANT.
The Obama campaign has enlisted some pretty big names to write essays for it’s 90 Days, 90 Reasons website, including works by authors like Jamaica Kincaid, Colin Meloy, Khaled Hosseini, Jonathan Franzen, and Sherman Alexie.
Using Emma Straub and Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures as an example, Slate‘s Jason Silverman argues that the niceness of social media is killing literary criticism. Over at Salon, Roxanne Gay disagrees.
Jane at Dear Author has gone through the seven stages of grief over 50 Shades of Grey and has now reached acceptance. Awesome.
Fascinating: The New York Times gives us a glimpse at the life of rare books.
Here’s a great article on why black bookstores are so important and must be saved.
What do your favorite fictional characters read? Check out this list featuring everyone from Rory Gilmore to Don Draper.
Remembering Nora Ephron:
- Read the beautiful obituary at The New York Times.
- One of the best tributes I’ve read is Leah Dunham’s essay in The New Yorker.
- Speaking of The New Yorker, they’ve collected some of the essays Ephron wrote.
- Listen to a December 1972 panel discussion at the 92nd Street Y where Nora Ephron, Elizabeth Janeway, and Caroline Kizer discuss the topic “Women Writers: Has Anything Changed?“
- Read Ephron’s 1996 commencement address to Wellesley graduates.
- Tom Hanks wrote an essay remembering Ephron at TIME.
I know this Boston Review interview with Junot Diaz has made the rounds everywhere, but it’s Junot, and it’s awesome. He discusses the influence of women of color writers on his work, among other things.
More Junot: A New Yorker essay remembering Ray Bradbury.
And even more Junot (last one, I promise!): an interview discussing his short story, “Monstro.”