The Reading Report: Book News from June 9 – 15, 2014The Reading Report is a weekly list of book news and links we found interesting from the previous week. Actual links may not be from the previous week. We can't read EVERYTHING in a timely manner.
The Best Things All Week
How Not to Review Women’s Writing via The Toast
“She’s successful — but is she too successful? Did she achieve success in the wrong way? Is she laughing at me? Do her fans like her work too much?” FYI, this is the wrong way.
18 Pieces of Wisdom from Margaret Atwood Novels via ShortList Magazine
“But who can remember pain, once it’s over? All that remains of it is a shadow, not in the mind even, in the flesh. Pain marks you, but too deep to see. Out of sight, out of mind.” — The Handmaid’s Tale
The Worst Thing All Week
Nothing to report here. Shocking! What did I miss that was eye-rollingly awful in book news this week?!
Things to Read
Well, I’m sold already.
Notes on Not Passing via Full Stop
“Identity runs like colors subtly multiple on skin. I’m El Salvadoran to an Oaxacan, mulatto to a Haitian squinting her eyes, black to the negro curious about America’s slave past, and white to any Anglo too busy finding what they want to see there.”
“[S]ome novels use quilts in a much darker, more robust way, the writers mercifully avoiding the temptation to blithely suggest that ‘life is a patchwork quilt.’”
In case, like most of us, you weren’t able to attend in person. Sigh. Rest peacefully, Dr. Angelou.
Charles Wright is our new poet laureate via the NYT
Hate to say it, but my first thought was “Oh good, another old white dude” followed by an eyeroll. I’m sure he’s a lovely poet and all.
A letter from Jack Kerouac to Neal Cassidy about On the Road via The American Reader
“I tell you another, I wrote that book on COFFEE… remember said rule. Benny, tea, anything I KNOW none as good as coffee for real mental power kicks.”
‘Every hour a glass of wine’ — The female writers who drank via The Guardian
“‘When a woman drinks,’ [Marguerite Duras] writes, ‘it’s as if an animal were drinking, or a child. Alcoholism is scandalous in a woman, and a female alcoholic is rare, a serious matter. It’s a slur on the divine in our nature.’”
A portrait of Edgar Allan Poe by Henri Matisse via Biblioklept
I love art/literature intersections.
Publishing News That Isn’t About the Amazon/Hachette Dispute
Self-publishing boom lifts sales by 79% in a year via The Guardian
But it still only comprises 3-5% of the total book market (depending on whether you’re talking about revenues or books sold).
What book news did I miss? Drop your hot tips in the comments!