The Dud Avocado →
Cocktail parties, pink hair and Paris in the 1950s – what more could you want? Elaine Dundy’s The Dud Avocado examines the timeless dilemmas of a girl about town A Complicated Hoot (Rachel Cooke) The Guardian
The Illuminated Silmarillion →
TL: What is the page you like best? BH: I like the opening page best – the whole page is filled just with the word “Silmarillion”. It took the most time of all, I think about seventy or eighty hours. Read the entire interview at Tolkien Library.
The Believer: Interview with Ben Lerner →
“YOU’RE A POET; DON’T YOU HATE MOST POEMS?” Ways to express the transcendent: Write a poem Fail to write a poem Strip Super Mario Bros. of everything but the clouds
Books you can dance to →
“Book soundtracks like these have become increasingly popular among authors and readers, especially as the connection between writers and their audience has become more interactive, and as the fast popularity of music-streaming services like Spotify have made it easy to share songs online.”
T. S. Eliot's rejection letter to George Orwell →
simonarmstrong: 13 July 1944 Dear Orwell, I know that you wanted a quick decision about Animal Farm: but minimum is two directors’ opinions, and that can’t be done under a week. But for the importance of speed, I should have asked the Chairman to look at it as well. But the other director is in agreement…
Riot Grrrls in Space
thenewinquiry: (via) Decades after its incomplete publication, are comics readers finally ready for the groundbreaking feminist space saga Starstruck? By W. Andrew Shephard Among a small but loyal cadre of readers, Elaine Lee and Michael Kaluta’s Starstruck is regarded as one of the unsung classic comic books. The series originated in the great comics renaissance of the 1980s, during which...
A bookshop is not like a railway booking-office which one approaches knowing...– Economist John Maynard Keynes, as quoted in a Canberra Times piece headlined “Bookshops about more than just purchasing” via Shelf Awareness (via housingworksbookstore)
The Bell Jar at 40 →
by Emily Gould for Poetry Foundation