Learn more about the project here.
via Shelf Awareness: “To celebrate the publication of the three-volume Robert Motherwell Paintings and Collages: A Catalogue Raisonné, 1941-1991 by Jack Flam, Katy Rogers and Tim Clifford, Yale University Press, which published the book in partnership with the Dedalus Foundation, made a two-minute video documenting the making of the books. Filmed at the printing press in Italy, it shows some of the mechanics and magic of the process.”
io9 took on “10 Science Fiction Novels You Pretend to Have Read (And Why You Should Actually Read Them)” in their Daily 10. A few that made the list:
Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
Some of the other books that made the cut just might surprise you (if only for being considered science fiction).
Neil Gaiman fans take heart; new books are in the works!
Award-winning writer Neil Gaiman has signed a new 5-book deal with HarperCollins, it was announced Wednesday. But adult fans of the author will have to wait for another Gaiman book written specifically for them.
HarperCollins will publish three middle-grade books — “middle grade” refers to books for children ages 8-12 — by Gaiman. One will be a sequel to 2009′s “Odd and the Frost Giants,” based on Norse mythology. One is as yet unannounced; the other is tentatively titled “Fortunately, the Milk,” and will feature art by Skottie Young.
- “Lesser-Known Lit: Seeking Summer’s Hidden Gems“
“While it’s certainly gratifying to lock eyes with a fellow reader enjoying one of the season’s biggies, I love to pass along books that no one has heard of — it’s like telling a secret. Good for the book, better for your reader’s ego…Among the treasures here are an Edwardian mystery-drama, an acidly funny evisceration of the newspaper biz, a hot Southern thriller and a slightly ridiculous though entirely gratifying romance to get you through your long, hot commute. Oh, and one extra gem hiding in plain sight.”
- “Reading Romance Between (And Under) The Covers“
“Decades later, I have never outgrown my preference for romance, no matter the genre in which a love affair might appear. The five books I’m recommending here — three novels and two memoirs — are books I would have welcomed that long-ago summer, had they existed and had my mother been more inclined to indulge my habit. Though only a couple of them fall squarely under the label “romance,” all five involve passionate matters of the heart.”
- “‘Agent Garbo,’ The Spy Who Lied About D-Day“
“Author Stephan Talty tells the story of this unlikely hero in a new book called Agent Garbo: The Brilliant, Eccentric Secret Agent Who Tricked Hitler and Saved D-Day.”
From The Guardian:
- If you enjoyed Coldplay’s latest offering, Mylo Xyloto, you might want to keep your eye open for its comic debut: “Coldplay to launch Mylo Xyloto comics.”
- “Tim Jeal on Explorers of the Nile“
“Tim Jeal on how his teenage journey inspired him to write the story of how five Victorian adventurers discovered the source of the White Nile.” The book: Explorers of the Nile: The Triumph and Tragedy of a Great Victorian Adventure
via Shelf Awareness:
“Epilogue–The Future of Print is a beautiful documentary short about the world of print and a moving tribute to books, booksellers and book makers. The student project was “built upon interviews with individuals who are active in the Toronto print community and questions whether or not they expect to see the disappearance of the physical book within our lifetime.”
First up: Writers No One Reads
From the site: “Highlighting forgotten, neglected, abandoned, forsaken, unrecognized, unacknowledged, overshadowed, out-of-fashion, under-translated writers. Has no one read your books? You are in good company. “
And, indeed, most of these authors induced a Who Is That Now? response. (Aleksei Mikhailovich Remizov, anyone?) You can browse the site a couple of ways: keep scrolling, or select a country of origin from the right column of the page. The site also maintains a list of bookish sites and blogs for further perusal.
Courtesy of Mental Floss, the first of the fifteen photos that made the post dates back to 1910. Do any of the “Notable Librarians” ring a bell with you?
And finally: Small Demons
From the site: “It all begins here. Suppose someone took every meaningful detail from all the books you love. Every song mentioned, every person, every food or place or movie title. And what if they did that for all the books everyone else loves, too. The ones you’ve never heard of. Suddenly you’ve got a whole world of seemingly random people, places and things, all gathered in one place.
Together they create something vast, wonderful and entirely new. A Storyverse. A place where details touch, overlap and lead you further. To new music to listen to. New movies to watch. Places to visit. People to know. And of course, new books to read. Getting started is simple. Just choose a book. See where it takes you.”
Just in case you missed this wonderful Academy Award winning animated short:
First up, The Composites:
“Images created using law enforcement composite sketch software and descriptions of literary characters…Read more on the project at The Atlantic.“
The site is new, having launched earlier this month, and is currently taking suggestions for characters site-goers would like to see sketched out using the aforementioned software.
Some of those already included are…startling. And some are not at all how I, at least, pictured the character in question. Take a look, and let us know what you think in the comment section.
Next, The Browning Letters:
Have you ever thought to yourself, ‘Why can I not find the 573 letters Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Browning exchanged gathered in one dedicated place online?’ Now you can. From the web site:
This collection is presented as a partnership between the Armstrong Browning Library at Baylor University and Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Both institutions are home to significant collections of Browningiana and are collaborating in an effort to make the compelling love story of the two poets available to scholars and enthusiasts around the globe. This initial project will continue to grow as more Browning letters are digitized from each institution’s collections.
The enduring jewel of the English Poetry Collection, largest of the Wellesley Special Collections, is the original love letters of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett. Their exchange of 573 letters began on 10 January 1845, with a letter addressed to “dear Miss Barrett” and continued until a week after their marriage, ending with Elizabeth’s note to Robert as they arranged to leave England and travel to Italy [18 September 1846]. The love letters of Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning are among the most famous in literary history and provide significant insights into the lives, thoughts, and works of both poets.