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CENTRAL STATION, Lavie Tidhar
THE BLIZZARD, Vladimir Sorokin
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SUDDEN DEATH, Alvaro Enrigue
THE DELIRIUM BRIEF, Charles Stross
THE NIGHTMARE STACKS, Char...
warrenellis  books  list  2016  from notes
january 2017 by jju
The North West London Blues by Zadie Smith | NYRblog | The New York Review of Books
Libraries are not failing “because they are libraries.” Neglected libraries get neglected, and this cycle, in time, provides the excuse to close them. Well-run libraries are filled with people because what a good library offers cannot be easily found elsewhere: an indoor public space in which you do not have to buy anything in order to stay.
library  books  libraries  2012  london  uk 
august 2013 by jju
When Dickens met Dostoevsky | TLS
Cassio de Oliveira, a graduate student at Yale then conducting research in Moscow, was the first to respond. He looked for the elusive “Vedomosti Akademii Nauk Kazakhskoi SSR” in the Russian State Library. He found no record of the journal’s existence, and a subsequent inquiry at the Center for Eastern Literature in Moscow also failed to turn up such a title. Similar Kazakh Academy of Sciences titles did exist (not “Vedomosti” but the virtually synonymous “Vestnik” and “Izvestiia”), although none of these contained letters by Dostoevsky. The librarians at the Russian State Library became interested in de Oliveira’s inquiries; customary indifference melted away and they decided to extend him their full help because, after all, this was a matter that related to “our Dostoevsky”. They searched the website of the National Library of the Republic of Kazakhstan and reported that not only was there no trace of Vedomosti’s existence, but the article’s author, K. K. Shaiakhmetov, didn’t seem to exist either.
books  literature  academia  dostoevsky  russia  dickens  2013  hoax 
july 2013 by jju
The World Until Yesterday by Jared Diamond – review | Books | The Guardian
A lama once remarked that Tibetans do not believe that Americans went to the moon, but they did. Americans may not believe, he added, that Tibetans can achieve enlightenment in one lifetime, but they do.
culture  anthropology  jareddiamond  2013  books  review  wadedavis 
january 2013 by jju
Literature Is Not Data: Against Digital Humanities
Meaning is mushy. Meaning falls apart. Meaning is often ugly, stewed out of weakness and failure. It is as human as the body, full of crevices and prey to diseases. It requires courage and a certain comfort with impurity to live with. Retreat from the smoothness of technology is not an available option, even if it were desirable. The disbanding of the papers has already occurred, a splendid fluttering of the world’s texts to the winds. We will have to gather them all together somehow. But the possibility of a complete, instantly accessible, professionally verified and explicated, free global library is more than just a dream. Through the perfection of our smooth machines, we will soon be able to read anything, anywhere, at any time.

Insight remains handmade.
literature  meaning  books  data  2012  digitalhumanities  @share 
november 2012 by jju
The Real Truth about Ebook Purchasing
“As an avid (over 100 books a year) reader: If a book I want isn’t available in ebook format, and for a reasonable price, then I’ll just leave it on my TBR list until it is, and go on to reading all the other books on my list.”
ebooks  reading  books  2012 
july 2012 by jju
The Curse of Knowledge
Lehrer may want us to believe that creativity is essentially abnormal, medically or socially or intellectually; but the history of creativity is riddled with geniuses who worked within the conventions and in the centers. So, perhaps sensing that he has made himself a hostage to fortune, Lehrer also assures us that sometimes rest and relaxation, or outsider status, or a lack of knowledge, is not really the secret to creativity. Sometimes the secret is, in fact, hard thinking. In a brief discussion of Auden, he writes that “September 1, 1939,” feels as if “it were composed on the back of a cocktail napkin,” but assures us that this “ease” is an illusion, and that the poem required a lot of hard work. This is one of the features of Lehrer’s genre: make an absurd claim, and then act as if you alone have the insight to knock it down. It is ridiculous and condescending to conclude from even a perfunctory reading of Auden’s poem that it could have been jotted down on a cocktail napkin. Lehrer goes on to say that sometimes inventions do not come until one can “think no more,” and that an obsessive focus is crucial. Uh-huh. So the lesson of Lehrer’s hot book is this: creativity comes from intense thinking, or it doesn’t.
lehrer  books  creativity  selfhelp  entrepreneurship  2012  neuroscience 
june 2012 by jju
This Spoiler-Filled map tracks the travels of every major character from A Song of Ice and Fire!
This Spoiler-Filled map tracks the travels of every major character from A Song of Ice and Fire! [Game Of Thrones] from io9 http://io9.com
gameofthrones  map  characters  books  2012 
june 2012 by jju
Boys vs Girls Survival Guides from Scholastic
[P]lease oh please don’t say “THIS ONE IS FOR BOYS AND THIS IS FOR GIRLS”. Perhaps instead say “THIS ONE HAS A BUNCH OF INTERESTING REAL-LIFE DISASTER SURVIVAL AND THIS ONE HAS A LOT OF PERSONAL HYGIENE AND INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIP STUFF IN IT, ALSO, TIPS ON GETTING YOUR CAT TO SIT DOWN, I DUNNO”.
sexism  children  books  gender  culture  publishing  scholastic  2012  1950s 
june 2012 by jju
Some Recent Fantasies - Ursula LeGuin
Children have no corner on imagination, nor can you limit fantasy to the experience of adolescents. Kids are perfectly capable of reading about adults, and will do so, if the adults do anything interesting — as they do in science fiction, for instance. (Most kids find novels about adults in dysfunctional families with dreary sex lives in the suburbs uninteresting, and by God, they’re right; but that’s another topic.) Also, adults will of course read about kids, if the kids are doing anything interesting — You there, Huck? — The whole idea of YA as a literature apart is shortsighted and arbitrary. But it’s marketing, so it’s a sacred cow. Milk it, and question not.
books  fantasy  ya  marketing  2012  sf 
june 2012 by jju
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