Literary Link Love

Lisa Simpson reading The Bell Jar

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.

Library Journal has a great article on prison libraries.

USA Today on the uprise of novels about the women behind famous men.

A UT-Arlington student has made an amazing discovery: an early poem written by Jupiter Hammon, the first published Black writer.

Seacoast Online examines how library patrons are being hurt by publishers’ ebook policies.

The Amelia Bloomer Project, which recommends feminist literature for people ages 0-18, has published its 2013 top ten list.

The Irish Times talks about the art of the good bad review.

The Telegraph on depressing books that will make you feel great.

The Guardian zeros in on the African novels to look out for in 2013.

Watch this library workout video from 1987.

Via GOOD: Millennials (people ages 16 to 29) still go to the library and buy more books than any older Americans.

CNN Money examines why ebooks aren’t popular in Japan.

The Washington Post asks: would you pay money to browse in a bookstore?

Also at The Washington Post: an editorial from the woman who wanted to remove Beloved from her son’s school.

Mother Jones interviews Jamaica Kincaid.

If best-selling albums were books, this is what they’d look like.

The Feminine Mystique turns 50 this year. Slate has a series of articles about the book, starting here.

And finally, author Hilary Mantel discusses why novelists are deliberately misunderstood.

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