The Berlin Review of Books. By Frank Berzbach When reading certain books, I am sometimes tempted to jot down my thoughts in a blog.
Reading the almost 450 pages of Wolfgang Herrndorf’s diary, first published online and now as a hardcover, took me about two weeks. During those two weeks, I could have written about it every single day. Herrndorf’s account begins with his being diagnosed with a brain tumour in March 2010 and ends with his suicide in August 2013. I must admit that, when it comes to reading, what grips me is the prospect of identification: I rarely buy books in order to immerse myself in the study of abstract textual systems, and I am also committed to the – perhaps antiquated – belief that authors and humans really do exist. Cubicles Rise in Brave New World of Publishing.
Set Your Thoughts Free - Hemingwrite. Et Spøgelse: Berfrois Interviews Simon Critchley. By Russell Bennetts and Daniel Tutt Simon Critchley is the Hans Jonas Professor of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research.
He wrote The Hamlet Doctrine: Knowing Too Much, Doing Nothing with his wife, Jamieson Webster. They see Hamlet as a play about nothing. We think they may have something there. We are losing the art of reading. ‘Although we love to argue about books, acquire them, express strong opinions about them, etc, etc, more than ever we seem to be losing the knack of reading them.’
Photograph: CBW /Alamy It has already been quite a year for lovers of book-blah. This spring, storm clouds have gathered and then broken over a succession of literary teacups. Does the publishing of gender-specific books demean our children? Should one build an English A-level around Russell Brand interview excerpts and tweets from Caitlin Moran? Reading Books in the Digital Age subsequent to Amazon, Google and the long tail. Presenting a wide range of literature, this article explores the state of art in book research, paying particular attention to John B.
Thompson’s interpretation of digital transformations within the book industry, as depicted in Books in the Digital Age (2005). Claiming that Thompson’s analyses are one–sided, the article applies alternative perspectives and a model of a text cycle, contending that the diminishing role of paper in text production and text distribution makes the dominant position of printed books particularly vulnerable to advances in digital reading technologies. Holocaust Told in One Word, 6 Million Times. Photo JERUSALEM — There is no plot to speak of, and the characters are woefully undeveloped.
On the upside, it can be a quick read — especially considering its 1,250 pages. The book, more art than literature, consists of the single word “Jew,” in tiny type, printed six million times to signify the number of Jews killed during the Holocaust. Writers and Rum: Why Authorship and Alcohol Have Gone Together. “Writers in this office used to drink,” a grizzled veteran of these corridors once said sternly to a couple of pup reporters, whom he had discovered taking turns trying on a good-looking cashmere jacket in another cubicle.
The moral, abashing if not shaming, was that in the halls where once real men had roamed, or drank in peaceable closets, now mere jacket-fanciers wandered. Certainly, it’s impossible to turn the past pages of this magazine, or the pages of American literary history, for that matter, without being reminded of how inextricable the drinking life and the writing life—or, to put it more bluntly, alcoholism and art—once were. From St. Clair McKelway to Dorothy Parker and James Thurber, and from Ernest Hemingway to F. Scott Fitzgerald to Sinclair Lewis and beyond, it was not long ago that if you wrote you drank, and if you weren’t drinking it was because you were drying out. How I learned to stop worrying and love Amazon. Photo: Ralph D Fresco / Reuters I have a confession.
I like buying books online. From Amazon. Such an admission may seem unremarkable, indeed banal, to many book buyers, but offering it in the presence of book industry folk would be the equivalent of informing New Statesman readers that one admires Donald Rumsfeld or Rupert Murdoch. In Praise of Failure by Pierre Bayard translated by Suzanne Menghraj. Several of the critics who appraised Pierre Bayard’s How to Talk About Books You Haven’t Read upon the translation’s release in 2007 appeared to be more comfortable joking about not having read the book under review than taking a close look at the unsettling elusions and readings Bayard offers in it.
They seemed not to get it, at least not in the way I very much wanted it to be got. Even Francine Prose, who wrote the translation’s foreword, had to quip: “Pierre Bayard puts his readers—this reader—in a uniquely paradoxical position. What Do You Look for in Modern Translation? David Bowie Reveals Top 100 Must Read Books. Those of you who worship at the altar of Bowie—for he is a prominent creator of punk, post-punk and new wave music—will be thrilled to learn that his lordship has revealed his top 100 favorite books.
The list was released in conjunction with the touring exhibit David Bowie Is, which just landed in Toronto. According to Open Book Toronto and the exhibit's curator Geoffrey March, he that is Bowie is a "voracious" reader who consumes a book a day.
Oral Literature. The origin and development of the quotation mark. The earliest book discovered in which appeared indicia which may properly be termed marks of quotation was printed in 1516 at Strasbourg, Alsace (then in Germany), by Mathias Schurer. It was “De Vitis Sophistarum” by Flavius Philostratus. The marks consisted of two commas in the left hand margin of each page outside the regular type measure. They were placed at the beginning of each line in which a quoted passage appeared, and were evidently added after the page was set up, because their alignment varies greatly. ☛ Concerning Quotation Marks by Douglas C. Excerpt: 'The Book of Genesis: A Biography' by Ronald Hendel. Noah’s Offering, Francesco Castiglione, 17th C From The Comedy of the Real: One honest response to the lunacy of the world is to laugh. Laughter relieves anxiety and fear, and it pokes holes in the pretensions of the powerful.
In medieval times, humor was often coarse and obscene, and the more effective because of it. Luther’s rough handling of his opponents is rooted in this medieval tradition. Henry Miller’s Reflections on Writing. By Maria Popova “Writing, like life itself, is a voyage of discovery.”
Why do writers — great, beloved, timeless writers — write? George Orwell had his four motives. Digital and Paper Diaries Are Written for an Imagined Audience - Room for Debate. “I have tried to keep diaries before but they didn’t work out because of the necessity to be honest.” John Steinbeck made this entry in a ledger he used to track his progress on "The Grapes of Wrath. " If we pine for a golden age of diary keeping, let’s indeed be honest: the pens and notebooks of the past inspired a truth no more — and no less — pure than the digital tools of today.
While we romanticize diaries as unmediated transcriptions of thought and feeling, they have really always been a forum for self-creation. E. Best Writing Music of 2012. Joan Didion on Keeping a Notebook. By Maria Popova “We are well advised to keep on nodding terms with the people we used to be, whether we find them attractive company or not.”
As a lover — and keeper — of diaries and notebooks, I find myself returning again and again to the question of what compels us — what propels us — to record our impressions of the present moment in all their fragile subjectivity. From Joan Didion’s 1968 anthology Slouching Towards Bethlehem (public library) — the same volume that gave us her timeless meditation on self-respect — comes a wonderful essay titled “On Keeping a Notebook,” in which Didion considers precisely that. Though the essay was originally written nearly half a century ago, the insights at its heart apply to much of our modern record-keeping, from blogging to Twitter to Instagram. Portrait of Joan Didion by Mary Lloyd Estrin, 1977. Frank Kermode · Writing about Shakespeare has his say · LRB 9 December 1999.
Fifty-odd years ago I was asked to review a book about Shakespeare by an aged professor who claimed that a career spent largely in teaching Shakespeare gave him a right to have his final say on the subject. This notion I thought grossly self-indulgent. There seemed to be little reason to believe that at his age he could suddenly have found anything interesting to say. And there surely were enough books on Shakespeare already, many of them dull, many of them silly, without the addition of another of which the primary motive was vanity and an understandable fear of oblivion. 23 Aphorisms by Yahia Lababidi. Penguin and Random House may merge, but the power lies elsewhere.
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Why Does Everyone Love It But Me? An Interview with Daniel Mendelsohn. Every Book I’m Shufflin’ Ten Famed Literary Figures Based on Real-Life People. Excerpt: 'The Gentrification of the Mind' by Sarah Schulman. A Critic's Manifesto: The Intersection of Expertise and Taste. Los Angeles Review of Books - Cogito Ergo Boom. 88 Books That Shaped America, According To Library Of Congress. John Sutherland on Leah Price's How to Do Things with Books in Victorian Britain. Oulipo. Writing Britain: the nation and the landscape. Library Science - Essays. Ruth Franklin: How A New Clip Of Anne Frank’s Life Brings Us Closer To Her Death. ‘Revelations,’ by Elaine Pagels. Prelim Ext English Gothic Literature. Morris Lessmore and the cult of literary nostalgia.
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