Footnotes, May 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.
- ‘I feel great’ – Salman Rushdie recently made his first in-person public appearance since being stabbed repeatedly and hospitalised nine months ago.
- BBC Culture polled 177 books experts from 56 countries in order to find the greatest children’s books ever. From Where the Wild Things Are to Haroun and the Sea of Stories, here’s the top 100.
- ‘It has to look good in the thumbnail … It has to make people want to click on it’ – why all books suddenly look the same.
- An exclusive excerpt from Emma Cline’s new novel The Guest has been published in Vogue.
- ‘I read one [JM Coetzee] and I thought, he’s got no talent.’ – Read the late Martin Amis’s classic interview in Prospect Magazine, where he sticks the knife into our Nobel laureate.
- ‘I want to be the first human to imitate ChatGPT’ – an interview with the criminally underrated sci-fi author M John Harrison.
- ‘Who has the right to tell a story? It’s the wrong question to ask’ – Rebecca F Kuang on her bestselling new satire of the publishing industry, Yellowface.
- In AI news, prominent fantasy author Sarah J Maas’s new novel features AI-generated cover art, sparking complaints from artists and book enthusiasts and a half-hearted apology from her publisher, Bloomsbury.
- … And audiobook narrators say AI is already taking away business.
- This AI tool can scan, read, and analyse full-length books in under a minute, because apparently that’s the point.
- ‘Let others boast of the books they have been given to write; I boast of those that I was given to read’ – a list of the best books, compiled by Jorge Luis Borges.
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