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Thursday, July 30, 2015


Cecil - Lynn Crosbie

Slow slink black streaked mane

The smell of blood, I can’t resist

Pain enters and racks me I try to hide

Two moons

When the crack sounds I am almost grateful

I saw this once in the ache of the sun My skin being stripped away

My head severed

Someone dancing slowly with great, bleeding cats

Smiling I liked him?

“He liked people,” someone says

I did not

But it seemed like a game they called me good

Just before I swallowed the jagged sky above the

SAFE line and persisted

Until every screaming star went down.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

For I will consider my Cat Cherie

For I will consider my Cat Cherie, a poem by Joyce Carol Oates:

Of Twitter it is estimated
somewhere beyond thirty-one percent
who tweet are feline,
in nocturnal prowl
slyly retweeting
their kind,
the dark rapacious ever-
fecund feral-soul
that is the sea
upon which “civilization”
floats, uneasily.
Via The Hairpin

Elizabeth Is Missing

Maud's memory isn't what it used to be but she does know that her friend, Elizabeth has disappeared. She is sure about this because she read it in one of the notes she keeps to remind her of things. Maud is a most unreliable narrator because she has dementia. She insists that there is something sinister about her friend's disappearance and continues to investigate despite the fact that her daughter, caregivers and even the police discourage her from doing so.
Maud's sister, Sukey, also disappeared many years ago and was never heard from again. What happened to the two women? Is there a connection between the two disappearances?
Emma Healey has written a fascinating debut novel. She writes compassionately about the confusion of dementia but injects a little humour that lightens what could have been a been a very depressing story. Maud is a lovable heroine who sticks to her guns even if she forgets why she's dug in her heels. Elizabeth Is Missing is a well-crafted whodunit and I look forward to reading more from this author.

Man Booker Prize Long List

From BBC News:

  • Bill Clegg (US), Did You Ever Have a Family
  • Anne Enright (Ireland), The Green Road
  • Marlon James (Jamaica), A Brief History of Seven Killings
  • Laila Lalami (US), The Moor's Account
  • Tom McCarthy (UK), Satin Island
  • Chigozie Obioma (Nigeria), The Fishermen
  • Andrew O'Hagan (UK), The Illuminations
  • Marilynne Robinson (US), Lila
  • Anuradha Roy (India),y Sleeping on Jupiter
  • Sunjeev Sahota (UK), The Year of the Runaways
  • Anna Smaill (New Zealand), The Chimes
  • Anne Tyler (US), A Spool of Blue Thread
  • Hanya Yanagihara (US), A Little Life

Sunday, July 26, 2015

"Goodnight Moon" Bedroom Issues

The Ugly Volvo has issues with the “Goodnight Moon” bedroom.

A picture of the Brontes? And I’m Heathcliff

Could this be the only photograph of the three Bronte sisters? asked Seamus Molloy, who picked the photograph up for 15 quid on eBay. John Sutherland says "No way!"

Read why at The Guardian

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Hiroshima's American Cover Art

John Hersey’s Hiroshima takes place in the Japanese city after the WW2 bombing.  Eventually it was republished in paperback as Bantam Book No. 404. The cover portrays a man and a woman who do not look Japanese. "They are young, white, and stylish: she epitomizes New Look fashion in her loafers and gathered skirt, he sports pleated cuffs and a fitted trench coat." The book cover implies that Hiroshima took place in America. It makes me wonder if anyone involved in the publication of the paperback edition had read the book!



Tuesday, July 21, 2015

RIP E.L. Doctorow

E. L. Doctorow, a leading figure in contemporary American letters whose popular, critically admired and award-winning novels — including “Ragtime,” “Billy Bathgate” and “The March” — situated fictional characters in recognizable historical contexts, among identifiable historical figures and often within unconventional narrative forms, died on Tuesday in Manhattan. He was 84 and had homes in Manhattan and Sag Harbor, N.Y.

More: The New York Time

Monday, July 20, 2015

Future Library

Scottish artist Katie Paterson has launched a 100-year artwork named Future Library for the city of Oslo in Norway. A forest has been planted which will supply paper for a special anthology of books to be printed in one hundred years time. One writer a year will contribute a work to the project. Margaret Atwood and David Mitchell are the first two authors to contribute to the project. The writings will be held in trust, unpublished, until 2114. Atwood has signed 50 dedicated and numbered e-covers of her contribution “Scribbler Moon,” which will not be read for 100 years.

Future Library from Katie Paterson on Vimeo.

Thanks Bruce!

Host Your Own Anne of Green Gables Party

You can serve Raspberry Cordial and  Dirty Shirley Cocktails with Marilla’s Plum Pudding and Anne’s Liniment Cake (which you make with vanilla, not with liniment).

Bookriot's post also includes nifty Anne-themed invitations, decorations and party favours!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Giant books

Is that a very tiny man? No, those books are huge.
Apparently some medieval manuscripts are so large and so heavy that it would take two or more people to move them.Read more at the Link
Via: TYWKIWDBI ("Tai-Wiki-Widbee")

A 56-Song Playlist of Music in Haruki Murakami's Novels

Haruki Murakami's books — one of the very best known of which takes its name straight from a Beatles song (“Norwegian Wood”) —contain many references to several varieties of music, almost always Western and usually American.

The Week‘s Scott Meslow has created a playlist of 56 songs that appear in Murakami’s novels.

To listen to the playlist you will need to download Spotify.Via Open Culture

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Tokyo's Bookshop Hotel

Bibliophiles will be glad to know that Tokyo is getting a bookshop where you can fall asleep in without being scolded. In September of 2015 book nerd dreams of falling asleep in bookshops will come true with the opening of BOOK AND BED TOKYO.

More: Spoon & Tamago

Monday, July 13, 2015

Antiquarian Bookshops of London

Spitalfields Life has posted a wonderful collection of photographs of London’s secondhand bookshops taken in 1971 by Richard Brown.

More here