Footnotes, January 2023: Book links from around the web
At The Reading List, we’re trainspotters when it comes to interesting book links, and here are a number that caught our eye.
- Egyptians are being offered loans to buy books as inflation soars – with book prices more than doubling, some Egyptian authors say they have cut back on characters and descriptions to be more economical in their writing.
- Can TikTok save books? With more than 100 billion views, #BookTok is one of TikTok’s most popular hashtags – and teens are flocking to bookshops.
- Brittle Paper’s 61 Anticipated African Books of 2023.
- Did you love Daisy Jones & the Six? The trailer for the movie adaptation is out!
- This week is the 150th anniversary of the birth of Colette – the most beloved French writer of all time – and to mark the occasion, a new translation of her twin masterpieces has been announced.
- Monuments, symbolism and reconciliation – The Boer Invasion of the Zulu Kingdom: 1837-1840 by John Laband is a book that presents the less-familiar Zulu perspective as they grappled with the existential threat of the Boer invasion.
- The People Who Don’t Read Books – the Atlantic explores the smugly solipsistic tenor of this cultural moment.
- If Vaporwave was a book – the covers that Lorraine Louie designed for the Vintage Contemporaries series in the 1980s were surreal, stylish, and like nothing else on the market.
- A children’s classic with a refreshing lack of lessons – fifty years after its publication, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day continues to delight.
- Has academia ruined literary criticism? The New Yorker investigates.
- Some good news. Nearly six months after he was brutally attacked, Salman Rushdie is recovering and releasing a new novel, with the literary world rallying to his side.
Header image: Detail from Lorraine Louie’s Vintage Contemporaries cover for Jay McInerney’s Ransom