My nominee for this round has been posted at the LBC blog. Though it didn’t grab my cohorts enough to be named our “Read This” pick, I do highly recommend it.
I recently happened upon bookride, a blog by a rare book dealer that each day posts about a valuable book, explaining why the book is collectible and why it’s worth what it is. Fascinating stuff. A recent post looks at a rare copy of The Waste Land.
"I slumped into an empty corner opposite Say Goodbye, Cattullus and wept into my knees for a half hour." Catherine Laceywrites for The Paris Review's "Revisited" series, "in which writers look back on a work of art they first encountered long ago." Pair with our own Bill Morris's consideration of artists whose works channel writers.
Oscar Wilde’s first and only office job was as the editor of The Woman’s World, a British fashion magazine. MillionscontributorKaya Genç tells the tale, and even explains how Wilde self-plagiarized, too.
Rizzoli’s is closing, but if the owners have their way, there’ll be a Rizzoli’s II opening its doors in the near future. In the meantime, you can read this Times piece about the bookstore, which puts its closing into context.
"Like reading, love works in roughly the same way every time, but the details of any given case are irreducibly particular, and it's in the details that everything happens." Lidija Haas onElif Batuman's debut novel, The Idiot. (You could also read our review by Virginia Marshall.)
It seems like we'realwaysdirectingyou to Shakespeare-related literary curiosities, but that's just because there are so many of them! Head over to Electric Literature and watch as some of the Bard's more famous plays get a beautiful new redesign.