The Reading Report: Book News from July 14 – July 20The 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.
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The Best Things All Week
Lower 9th Ward Library Wins First Lemony Snicket Prize via NOLA.com. Reading this story about a New York City librarian who moved down to NOLA to help people get books gave me all the feels.
Isaac Asimov wrote dirty limericks. No, really. via The Huffington Post
Everyone has been really into this Weird Al song about grammar mistakes. I’m a little conflicted about the practice of correcting people who have bad grammar in a snarky way, but I can’t deny that it’s been super popular and probably most people like it. link via BuzzFeed
HORROR AUTHOR RAP BATTLE! (Okay, so this is from June, but I only discovered it just this week.
The Potentially-Not-That-Great Things That I Saw
Trans Literature For the Masses via The New Yorker
I was very excited to click on that link, and then I discovered that the book in question is–wait for it–from the point of view of a straight dude who gets mistaken as a trans* man. And I was just, lolwut–now trans* literature is about the Straight Cis Man’s Struggles, too?
I haven’t read it so I don’t know if that’s how it comes off, but the summary was deflating as hell.
That makes this a non-starter for me. (Also, I read through some of the selections and the editorial suggestions, presumably from Amazon staff, are kind of awful.)
Interesting Things to Chew On
The Strange Power of the Subtweet via The American Reader.
A great explanation of the literary device called an “apostrophe” (not related to the punctuation mark) and how we sometimes use it in modern social media.
Archie comics are, apparently, really popular in India. via The Huffington Post.
“For us in India, the entire appeal of the teenagers of Riverdale High was that they were so totally not concerned with the larger world out there. The social and political issues roiling America cast no shadow on them. Its eternal sunshine allowed the series to cross over cheerfully to a country like India much in the same way Enid Blyton’s Five Find-Outers crossed over from England into our Indian childhoods.”
I’m Not a Tart: The Feminist Subtext of Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men via The Huffington Post.
Y’all, this article blew my mind a little bit. Highly recommend.
What is the Great American Novel? via The Times Literary Supplement.
“Buell considers why America might “dream” of locating the single novel that best expresses Americanness. He acknowledges the paradox that, although the concept of the Great American Novel seems to articulate “national swagger”, the most praised GANs are “anything but patriotic”. Rather, they convey “national self-criticism”, typically on the grounds of social inequality.”
Super Old But Totally Still Relevant
I love John Green’s points about empathy especially. Also his use of “Fountainhead-y”.
Things To Read
Ronald Schuchard has compiled the complete prose of T.S. Eliot, some of which has been out of print or was never published. BRB GETTING ALL THE BOOKS. via Johns Hopkins
Featured Review: 25 Points: Even Though I Don’t Miss You via HTMLGiant.
“12. The only things that I can’t cope with in this book are bathroom doors being open and any thought about or use of the word ‘queef’ but this is merely a personal opinion as well as being a potential stumbling block for any future romantic relationship involving myself and Chelsea Martin (see points 1-4).
13. On the other hand “Sometimes I’m so aroused and all I can do is frantically eat birth control fills” followed by “I meant for that to sound more punk rock” made me laugh possibly more than anything in this book and this book is funny.”
What was your best book news last week?