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As it turns out, today is National Drop Everything And Read day. Of all the obscure holidays (April is apparently not only home to April Fools Day, which really distinguishes the deluge of assheads from the rest of humanity, but also to National Love Your Produce Manager Day) this is one I can get behind. For the uninitiated (and don’t feel bad if that means you), the holiday is an annual celebration which takes place on April 12 (not coincidentally Beverly Cleary’s birthday) that encourages people to DROP EVERYTHING AND READ!
This morning, we read Laura Miller’s piece on “sneaky author tricks” over at Salon , in which she muses on the dangers of metafictional, tricks-y writing — one of her points being that if an author’s going to do it, he’d better do it well. Like Miller, we are rather fond of authorial tricks, and considering that today is April Fools’ day, we thought we’d collect a few of the best here.
Today marks the release of Aleksandar Hemon’s excellent book of personal essays, The Book of My Lives , which we loved, and which we’re convinced deserves a place in the literary canon. To that end, we were inspired to put together our list of the greatest essay collections of all time, from the classic to the contemporary, from the personal to the critical. In making our choices, we’ve steered away from posthumous omnibuses (Michel de Montaigne’s Complete Essays , the collected Orwell, etc.) and multi-author compilations, and given what might be undue weight to our favorite writers (as one does).
March is finally here, which means the Season 3 premiere of Game of Thrones is right around the corner — relatively, at least. Though HBO has been ratcheting up our excitement with new trailer after new trailer, we still have almost three whole weeks to wait until we can see our favorite characters resume their various bloody escapades. So what to do with the time?
This morning, we woke up to a poll over at Publisher’s Weekly ‘s blog, PWxyz , asking readers to identify the Great American Novel.
If it’s anything, March is a month of transition — that liminal space between February’s harsh cold shoulder and April’s underhanded promise of spring.
This week saw the release of the brilliant Ariel Djanikian ‘s debut novel, The Office of Mercy .
Recently, someone asked Reddit for a list of the best science fiction books of all time. Being a fan of sci-fi, and wanting to expand my own reading list, I thought it would be helpful to tally the results and preserve them here for future reference. I've also included selected quotes from the comments, as well as my own notes on the books I've already read. PS: All book images in this post are copyright Amazon, and were retrieved using my Big Book Search Engine . So, without further ado, here are the Greatest Sci-Fi Books of All Time, ordered by upvote count: Dune
Many of us think of university as the great opening-up of our lives – a time to explore new ideas and new ways of thinking.
By Tiffany Davis Reading a book is fun, but when you forget it at home, are bored at work, looking to get ahead on your reading for your online bachelor degree class, or are just curious to get a sneak peek at whatever you ordered from Amazon, online book sites can be handy too. Below is a list of over 100 free (and legal) sites to find great literature for download. The Classics Browse works by Mark Twain, Joseph Conrad and other famous authors here. Classic Bookshelf : This site has put classic novels online, from Charles Dickens to Charlotte Bronte.