“‘Poetry, I feel,” said Sylvia Plath in a radio interview in 1962, the year before her suicide, ‘is a tyrannical discipline. You’ve got to go so far so fast in such a small space, you’ve got to burn away all the peripherals.'” Fifty years after her death, an argument for close reading.
On the eve of the Frankfurt Book Fair, German Chancellor Angela Merkel took the opportunity to express her concern that Google Books threatens the rights of authors and potentially violates copyright laws, BusinessWeek reports.
If Claudia Rankine writes it, it's safe to say I'd recommend it. Here she is in a long, lovely essay on Adrienne Rich and her poetic transformations.
The New York Review of Books gets into the blog game with...well, it's not a blog, exactly, but then I guess neither are we these days. With The Daily Beast and The Huffington Post also clamoring for the attention of bookish web-surfers, there's more book-focused content online than ever. So why do I find most of it gives me a headache?