Footnotes, September 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.
- So You Just Found Out Your Book Was Used to Train AI. Now What?
- The curse of the cool girl novelist: Her prose is bare, her characters are depressed and alienated. This literary trend has coagulated into parody.
- In an essay titled ‘Narrative Art and Magic’, published 1932, Jorge Luis Borges uncovers the metaphysics shared by magic and novels.
- The inaugural issue of the Ugandan journal The Weganda Review is out, featuring fiction, poetry, essays, art and more.
- TikTok is changing the way books are recommended and sold, representing a profound shift for readers, authors and publishers.
- Why do I hoard more books than I could possibly read?
- An unknown Truman Capote story that was penciled in a notebook has been published for the first time.
- ‘Portraits of what it means to be alive today’: how the 2023 Booker prize shortlist was chosen, by judge Esi Edugyan.
- How Emily Wilson Made Homer Modern: Her vitally urgent translations of the Iliad and the Odyssey strip away the ‘tarnish of centuries’.
- Like urine drawn from a catheter, JM Coetzee’s descriptions [in The Pole] are a thin stream.
- Annie Ernaux’s ‘works aren’t coy or glancing; they’ve been sharpened to a point.’
- How Great Poetry Works
- Zadie Smith burst onto the scene in 2000. Why did her later novels falter—and how did she get her mojo back?
- And, ICYMI, the shortlists for the 2023 Sunday Times Literary Awards have been revealed.