Footnotes, June 2022: 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.
- Ever used bacon as a bookmark? Library workers share their more unusual finds: ‘if you can stick it in a book, then we have probably seen it’.
- The New York Public Library is giving away 500,000 books, with the goal of helping people build their home libraries, as well as keeping youth productive through the summer break. Nathi Mthethwa take note 👀
- The latest on the plagiarism allegations levelled against Australian novelist John Hughes (spoiler: he appears to have copied from Nobel prize laureate Svetlana Alexievich, Anna Karenina, All Quiet on the Western Front, The Great Gatsby, and others …).
- It may surprise you, but the origin of the ‘beach read’ goes back to the 1800s.
- Moral ambiguity and the representation of genocide – is there a limit to what can be depicted?
- Stranger Things: A Longreads Reading List of unsolved mysteries.
- A self-published romance novelist who wrote an essay called How to Murder Your Husband has been sentenced to life in prison for murdering her husband.
- Finally, a Novel That Gets the Internet Right: Jordan Castro’s The Novelist nails the experience of being online, in all its abject glory, according to Wired.
- Zombies, murder and Mormonism – how a couple’s extremist ideologies developed and led to violence explored in When the Moon Turns to Blood.
- In praise of Nancy Drew, and the women in mystery who save themselves.
- The New Yorker has called German director Werner Herzog’s first foray into fiction a ‘Wondrous Novel of Nothingness in the Jungle’.
- A recent report found that United States print book sales of LGBTQ fiction in doubled in 2021.
- The Best Science Fiction Books You’ve Never Heard of, according to Bookriot!
- Netflix is developing a new series adaptation of John Steinbeck’s East of Eden, starring Florence Pugh.
- ‘Ottessa Moshfegh’s latest piece of shit is her new novel, Lapvona, a dark medieval farce about a woebegone hamlet in quasi-historical Eastern Europe.’
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