Wednesday, November 23, 2022

 




This Is Your Brain on ‘Deep Reading.’ It’s Pretty Magnificent


The literacy scholar Maryanne Wolf maps out the ways “deep reading” nourishes our capacity for attention, empathy and insight.


https://www.nytimes.com/2022/11/22/opinion/ezra-klein-podcast-maryanne-wolf.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share&referringSource=articleShare

Sunday, November 20, 2022

 


The Climate Book, created by Greta Thunberg review – an angry call for action


The environmental activist curates a supergroup of climate experts in a valuable set of essays, which at times risk overwhelming the reader

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/nov/15/the-climate-book-created-by-greta-thunberg-review-an-angry-call-for-action


Friday, November 18, 2022

 The National Book Awards Raised a Middle Finger to Book Bans

"Free people read freely," said Tracie D. Hall, one of the night's honorees.

https://apple.news/AawF92mWhSb-_FD1km341_g

Monday, November 14, 2022

 


Cinema Speculation by Quentin Tarantino review – bracing and heartfelt collection


The movie-maker’s first book of criticism is fuelled by a breathless energy that makes up for its scattershot approach

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/nov/14/cinema-speculation-by-quentin-tarantino-review-collection-film-criticism


Saturday, November 12, 2022

Monday, November 7, 2022



Maurice Sendak Imagined More Than Wild Things

A new exhibition, the first of its kind since the artist's death, showcases his extensive but lesser-known body of work (in ‘Smithsonian’):


Saturday, November 5, 2022


Where to start with: Sylvia Plath

You will have heard of the great American poet, but how much of her work have you actually read? This handy primer suggests some good ways in (in ‘The Guardian’):

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/oct/27/where-to-start-with-sylvia-plath


Wednesday, November 2, 2022

 


The Philosophy of Modern Song by Bob Dylan review – an enlightening listen-along


Dylan meditates on 66 songs he holds dear in an eclectic collection of essays that breathes new life into groundbreaking hits while relishing obscurities and oddities (in ‘The Guardian’):

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/nov/01/the-philosophy-of-modern-song-by-bob-dylan-review

Monday, October 31, 2022

 


‘Hope matters’: Ukrainian and international authors on why literature is important in times of conflict


Ten writers appearing at the Lviv BookForum, run this year in partnership with the Hay festival, discuss why we need books more than ever (in ‘The Guardian’):

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/oct/06/hope-matters-ukrainian-and-international-authors-on-why-literature-is-important-in-times-of-conflict

Sunday, October 30, 2022

 

SIGNS from the past that got weathered from being out every weekday. I could use a new one pretty soon. After the first of the year.

Friday, October 28, 2022

 


‘The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library.’

                            ― Albert Einstein

Saturday, October 22, 2022

 

                                                                       Hannah Arendt

Sidelined No More: A Reading List of Fiercely Political Women


Eve Fairbanks Recommends Barbara Tuchman, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Ariel Levy, and More

https://lithub.com/sidelined-no-more-a-reading-list-of-fiercely-political-women/

Thursday, October 20, 2022

 


A photo on Facebook this week from Shelves Bookstore in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Monday, October 17, 2022

Saturday, October 15, 2022

 


‘Could I understand the people who rushed into the Capitol?’: George Saunders on how stories teach empathy (from ‘The Guardian’):


The Booker-winning author on how fiction unites us as societies become ever more fractured

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/oct/15/could-i-understand-the-people-who-rushed-into-the-capitol-george-saunders-on-how-stories-teach-empathy


Wednesday, October 12, 2022

 

FROM A GORDON PARKS BOOK of his photos I looked through yesterday in Strand bookstore. Mobile, Alabama in the 1950s. I know such signs existed from seeing pictures like this in books. I think I remember small signs saying that at gas station drinking fountains and restrooms when my family would drive to Florida when I was young.


Tuesday, October 11, 2022


For five days now I’ve been reading five pages of Ulysses in the morning. I enjoy the ritual of it, and the language which has a music to it. I don’t understand every line. But so what. I don’t understand every line of some of my favorite songs. I’ve read Ulysses twice before. 30 years ago I read five pages every morning like now in a first floor apartment in Lakewood, Ohio. I read it out loud. I maybe had a cigarette. 

Thursday, October 6, 2022

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

 


The Books We Read Too Late—And That You Should Read Now

One of the great, bittersweet pleasures of life is finishing a title and thinking about how it might have affected you—if only you’d found it sooner. (from ‘The Atlantic’):

https://www.theatlantic.com/books/archive/2022/09/books-younger-selves-recommendations/671601/

Sunday, October 2, 2022

 

    Jan Bolgla and Bob Roarty have owned and operated Atlanta Vintage Books for more than 16 years.

How independent bookstores help in the fight against book banning and why it matters (from NPR):

https://apple.news/AImh7kGLuS1W586Ygs5IHxw

Saturday, October 1, 2022

Sunday, September 25, 2022

 


The Essential Judy Blume

For  50 years, her books have educated, entertained and connected young readers. Whether you want to revisit a classic or inspire a new fan, here’s what to read. (from the ‘New York Times’):

https://www.nytimes.com/article/best-judy-blume-books.html

Saturday, September 24, 2022

The ‘dangerous’ books too powerful to read.

Forty years on from the launch of Banned Books Week, censorship is once again on the rise. John Self considers the long and ignoble global history of book-banning.

https://apple.news/AJG5i-0B-SeelVXjRdd-aFQ


Thursday, September 22, 2022

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

 


Command by Lawrence Freedman review – inside the war room


From Korea to Ukraine, a brilliant study of the politics and personalities that drive modern conflicts (from ‘The Guardian’):

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/sep/17/command-by-lawrence-freedman-review-inside-the-war-room?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Monday, September 19, 2022

 


If a book is banned, then read it. A new idea is a terrible thing to waste (from the ‘Miami Herald’):


Friday, September 16, 2022

Why a New Brooklyn Bookstore Is Cause for Celebration

It may be premature to herald a true renaissance of the printed page, but it does seem anecdotally like more and more people are getting interested in books again. 


https://apple.news/AX985XQeCSqGylPCNivu9CA


Thursday, September 15, 2022

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

 


I WALKED over to West 10th to Three Lives bookstore an hour ago and got these. There were many others worth getting. Three Lives is one of those stores. They know how to stock windows and shelves and countertops and tabletops. Everywhere you turn.

Sunday, September 11, 2022

 


I recurrently say to myself that I’ll stop getting the ‘New York Times’ delivered to me. Hardly anyone else in my Manhattan apartment building gets it. A dozen maybe get it out of 250 apartments. They probably read it online. I do too. But I’m in the morning habit of getting a paper. And sometimes like this morning’s photo of ‘Rolling Stone’ founder Jann Wenner the graphics are so large and strong that I’m glad it gets dropped outside my door. I can hear it land. 

Thursday, September 8, 2022

 


Public Libraries Face Threats to Funding and Collections as Book Bans Surge

"We haven’t seen this volume of censorship efforts in 30 or more years.”

https://apple.news/ALAP1sSKrQS-ZsxzsOXVC9Q


Wednesday, September 7, 2022


Yevgenia Belorusets' "Lucky Breaks" portrays Ukrainian women whose lives have been upended by the conflict with Russia

Five Ukrainian authors you should read

As the International Literature Festival Berlin starts, it is calling for a worldwide reading of Ukrainian literature. Here is a selection of modern voices.

https://apple.news/AcileO3g-RXKep-SFp7rIWg

Monday, September 5, 2022

A clear, graphically-bright look at Anne Frank and her diary (from the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.):

https://encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/en/article/anne-frank-diary

Sunday, September 4, 2022

Ian McEwan on aging, legacy and the attack on his friend Salman Rushdie: ‘It’s beyond the edge of human cruelty’


The author’s new novel explores how global events shape individual lives – but nothing prepared him for this ‘dark moment’ (from ‘The Guardian’):

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/sep/03/ian-mcewan-on-ageing-legacy-the-attack-on-salman-rushdie-beyond-edge-of-human-cruelty?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Friday, September 2, 2022

 


Paper books linked to stronger readers in an international study

There’s a lot to like about digital books. They’re lighter in the backpack and often cheaper than paper books. But a new international report suggests that physical books may be important to raising children who become strong readers.

https://apple.news/ASdQb8gWORfK1wF5LhyvGDA

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Texas school district pulls the Bible, The Bluest Eye and other books from library

School board in Dallas-Fort Worth area requires reviewing books facing challenges from parents

https://apple.news/APcC2BHUmSn6MJXsculFUxA

Monday, August 22, 2022

Abdulrazak Gurnah Refuses to Be Boxed In: ‘I Represent Me’


Gurnah, who received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2021, has long rejected attempts to categorize him or his work. “The idea that a writer represents, I resist,” he said.

Thursday, August 18, 2022

Students lose access to books amid ‘state-sponsored purging of ideas’

Measures across the country aim to restrict what children can read. (from washingtonpost.com):

https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2022/08/17/book-ban-restriction-access-lgbtq/


Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Just finished issue #64. I pass out some hardcopies to people where I hold the sign. I put a few in coffee shops and a couple bookstores and some libraries. I don’t print many. Tap it to read it. Thanks. 




Friday, August 12, 2022

 


A HARDCOPY DAILY PAPER is way down in circulation. I read a lot online like everybody does. But I get the ‘Times’ every day and the pages are from another world you can’t get to on your screens.

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Book bans are threatening American democracy. Here’s how to fight back.

It starts with organizing locally, where the greatest threats exist.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/media/2022/08/09/banned-books-censorship-fight-back/


Tuesday, August 9, 2022

 

A MAGAZINE. No buttons. No screen that might need charging. ‘The New Yorker’. Just came in the mail.