The Reading Report: Book News for June 23 – July 6, 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.
No, that’s not a typo above; I didn’t publish a Reading Report last week because we were in Chicago and the drive up on Sunday wiped me out, and I didn’t read many new bookish links this week because I got a cold and have felt like death on toast all week. BUT! I still had a lot of nifty links from last week, and I feel just good enough (i.e., less deathy) to slide ’em your way, along with some from this past week.
The Best Things All Week
Publishing Is Not A Religious War by Chuck Wendig. Because SERIOUSLY. (Also, this one actually is from last week. Or, y’know, yesterday.)
Another great Flannery O’Connor quote, via Biblioklept: “I know well enough that very few people who are supposedly interested in writing are interested in writing well. They’re interested in publishing something, and if possible in making a ‘killing.'”
The Worst Thing All Week
Okay, so this isn’t the absolute worst thing all week–several authors passed away, including Nancy Garden, whom we featured on this list of must-read lesbian authors–but: Terry Pratchett canceled an appearance at a Discworld convention due to his worsening condition. To quote Mr. Pratchett, “The Embuggerance is finally catching up with me.” This makes me want to cry.
Filed Under: Could Be Really Awesome Or Really Horrible
Starz has picked up American Gods to film as a series after HBO abandoned the project. via The Guardian. I have NO idea how to feel about this.
Things To Chew On
This essay on maternal abandonment in literature, via The Millions.
“A mother abandoning her children is an inversion of the orphan tale. It may even feel to some readers like a perversion. It’s a story that’s easy to read and say, without thinking, ‘I can’t imagine.'”
The Poems (We Think) We Know: Emily Dickinson via Los Angeles Review of Books
“One of the mysterious things about poetry is how a reader can walk away from a poem with what he or she thinks is a clear sense of its message or moral, when really the poem itself says something far more complicated than that.”
Crying While Reading Through the Centuries via The New Yorker.
“The Y.A. debate, in short, is about more than young-adult books and their not-so-young readers. It’s a recapitulation of a deeper debate that we’ve been having for centuries—a debate about why books matter to us, and what reading is ‘for.’ It’s also a debate about who we want to be. Talking about what makes us cry is also a way of talking about ourselves.”
I Wanna Get Digital, Digital
How do our brains react to ebooks vs. paper? via the Financial Times.
“When Anne Campbell of the Open University in Scotland looked at how students used Kindle readers and paper books, she found that the electronic devices promoted more deep reading and less active learning. This appeared to be a direct result of design. ‘They’re less distracted using this very basic Kindle,’ she told me. ‘They’re almost being forced to focus on it because of the very lack of ability to do things like flick forward and flick back.’ Another related, widely replicated finding, is that people read more slowly on screens than from paper.”
Things to Read
Featured Review: Lucas de Lima’s Wet Land via HTMLGIANT.
“The premise of Wet Land is almost impossibly weird: it’s a book-length response to the death of Lucas de Lima’s close friend Ana Maria, who was killed by an alligator. Written mostly in all-caps, the poems are delivered by a narrator who frequently takes the form of a bird, ruminating on Ana Maria, the gator, and the act of writing itself.”
Judy Blume is writing another novel! This one is aimed at adults. via The Guardian
10 things that Hayley Campbell didn’t know about Neil Gaiman before she wrote a book about Neil Gaiman via The Huffington Post. Apparently, Neil makes a kick-ass crumble.
William Faulkner reviewed Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea. via Biblioklept
Whew. What book news did I miss while I was away?