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UK Libraries To Save Irreplaceable Collection Up For Auction

Almost entirely inaccessible since 1939, the library was put together by Victorian industrialists William and Alfred Law at the turn of the 20th century, and is a literary treasure trove that had experts dancing with excitement. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, UK, Words, William, Alfred Law, 06.17.21

McGraw-Hill Sold By One Private Equity Firm To Another At 88% Profit

“Eight years after it bought McGraw-Hill Education for $2.4 billion, Apollo Global Management has reached an agreement to sell the company to another private equity firm, Platinum Equity, for $4.5 billion. The proposed purchase comes about a year after MH and Cengage called off their merger following opposition from the Justice Department.” – Publishers Weekly
Tags: Art, Words, McGraw Hill, Apollo Global Management, McGraw Hill Education, Platinum Equity, 06.16.21

What Is “Internet Literature”?

The way Internet Literature treats its relationship to the world—and the anxiety of that treatment—is what distinguishes it as a form, and that goes straight to the heart of what distinguishes the Internet itself as a technology: the link. – LitHub
Tags: Art, Words, 06.17.21

New Yorker Union Members And Condé Nast Agree On Contract

“After a protracted battle that nearly led to a workers strike, the staffers at three Condé Nast publications — The New Yorker, Ars Technica and Pitchfork — have come to an agreement on their first union contracts. … In the end, the unions got what they wanted. They secured salary floors of $55,000 a year upon the contracts’ ratification and an increase to $60,000 by 2023. There will be guaranteed annual raises of 2% to 2.5% and all units have organized compensation structures.” – CNN
Tags: Art, Conde Nast, Words, 06.16.21, New Yorker Ars Technica

New Press Aims At The Trump Market

All Seasons is staking out territory that some mainstream publishers are wary to venture into, by courting former Trump officials who staunchly supported the president through the bitter end of his administration. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Words, Trump, 06.16.21

Why Newspapers Should Revive The Vanishing Art Of Obituaries

“We all know people who we think are so cool, or interesting, or exciting, but a lot of times those stories vanish if no one is there to tell them.” – Poynter
Tags: Art, Words, 06.15.21

Literary Novelists Rediscover Historical Fiction

As students of history know, fashions ebb and flow; it’s increasingly clear that the historical novel is being embraced and reinvented. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Words, 06.13.21

Justice Dept. Drops Trump Administration’s Case Against John Bolton And His Book

“The Justice Department has closed its year-old criminal investigation into former Trump national security adviser John Bolton and dropped a related lawsuit connected to the publication of his book about the ex-President’s diplomatic bungling. The … criminal investigation had scrutinized whether Bolton’s book illegally revealed national security information, while the lawsuit had sought to grab royalties from Bolton for publishing his book without the administration’s full approval.” – CNN
Tags: Art, Words, Bolton, Justice Department, Trump, John Bolton, 06.16.21, Justice Dept Drops Trump Administration

Rethinking “Lord Of The Flies”

Responses to Golding’s work tend to be polarised, varying from the adulatory to the contemptuous. – 3 Quarks Daily
Tags: Art, Words, Golding, 06.15.21

‘A Star Is Born’: The History Of The Asterisk

The little mark’s use in texts goes back at least to Aristarchus, the second-century BC compiler and editor of Homer’s epics; it continued through the Middle Ages, the birth of printing, the mass market for books, and the advent of text messaging. And it meant something different in each of those times; these days, it seems to serve at least three separate purposes. – Lapham’s Quarterly
Tags: Art, Words, Lapham, 06.14.21

World’s Largest Publishing Trade Fair Will Be Back In Person This Fall

“Germany has begun to open to travelers and the Frankfurt Book Fair is planning on hosting a live, in-person fair this October 20-24. ‘It will be smaller in scale and more focused,’ Juergen Boos, the fair director, told PW. A number of virtual events are also being planned and the city of Frankfurt will again host author events for the general public.” – Publishers Weekly
Tags: Art, Germany, Frankfurt, Words, 06.09.21, Juergen Boos

New Yorker Unionization Effort Divides Writers

The unionization effort has created an uncomfortable moment for the writers at The New Yorker, who have the kind of jobs and influence every journalist wants but few attain. – The New Yorker
Tags: Art, Words, 06.13.21

The Healing Power Of Queer Coming Of Age Stories

Books can be intensely powerful for some people, especially when the books do the work of repairing past pain. “‘So many queer people ‘have been through immense pain growing up in our adolescence,’ Dr. Matos told me. Attempts by the broader culture to ‘limit who we loved, what we desire, what we do with our bodies’ abound. In these stories, then, we get the chance to imagine what it might have been like to grow up in the world depicted on the page or screen instead.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Words, Matos, 06.13.21

How To Be Everywhere Online

First, meme well (and second, make She Memes Well the title of your memoir). In her new book, comedian and meme power user Quinta Brunson “breaks down her journey from struggling stand-up comedian to being recognized by strangers all over the world. The book includes hilarious anecdotes about growing up in West Philadelphia, being a Black woman, dating and life after internet fame. She also gives serious thought to the evolution of memes, and how they have emerged as a powerful tool to help peo...
Tags: Art, Words, West Philadelphia, QUINTA BRUNSON, 06.11.21

A Guide To The Pulitzer Prize Books

Northern Hemisphere summer reading plans, here you go. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Words, Northern Hemisphere, 06.11.21

Yusef Komunyakaa On Poetry And The Pandemic

Komunyakaa: Writing poetry “feels like one has been chosen as a caretaker of observation. There’s a certain reality, but also there’s a certain kind of dreaming, and that place takes us someplace that we never dreamt of.” –
Tags: Art, Words, Yusef Komunyakaa, Komunyakaa, 06.12.21

Brexit May Cause A Royal Mess With Copyright, Authors Warn

Living authors like Kate Mosse and Philip Pullman are worried because as Britain exits the EU, protections have changed. “Authors and publishers fear that changing the rules could mean that cheap international editions of a book would pour into the UK, eroding the money authors could make from a domestic sale.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, UK, Eu, Britain, Words, Philip Pullman, Kate Mosse, 06.10.21

How Historical Fiction Became Literary Again

For decades, the literary world disdained historical fiction. “It has been seen as its own fusty fashion, relentlessly uncontemporary and easy to caricature, filled with mothballed characters who wear costumes rather than clothes, use words like ‘Prithee!’ while having modern-day thoughts, and occasionally encounter villains immediately recognizable by their yellow teeth or suspicious smell. What light could such novels possibly shed on the present day?” Ask Hilary Mantel. – The New York Times ...
Tags: Art, Words, Hilary Mantel, Prithee, 06.13.21

Brandon Taylor On Escaping The ‘Hermetic Severity’ Of His Booker-Nominated First Novel

Taylor’s Real Life hit many “best of” lists for 2020, and a collection of loosely linked short stories comes out this month. “My most formative early reading was the Bible, which haunts me still, and the first author I loved was Pat Conroy, because the lyrical language of The Prince of Tides sounded so much like the Bible. I tried to imitate that intensity when I started writing, and then I was like, no; a lot of black writers get called raw and visceral because they write lyrically, and if I c...
Tags: Art, Words, Taylor, Pat Conroy, Brandon Taylor, 06.12.21

The New Yorker Union Is Prepared To Strike

The writers, contributors, and freelance editorial workers are prepared to produce a strike issue – or a Labor Peace issue. It all depends on how negotiations end up. – LitHub
Tags: Art, Words, 06.11.21

How English Departments Waned

The old critics used familiar terms of analysis—irony, structure, symbol . . . The new theorists traded in logocentrism, “the Other,” undecidability, “infinite paradigm of difference.” Their vocabulary reduced the audience for academic criticism. American undergraduates couldn’t understand it, but so what? – First Things
Tags: Art, Words, 06.21

Goodreads Bug Erases Book Ratings

It’s unknown how many books are affected by the bug. The number of ratings per book lost seem, without any further information, to be random. Authors took to Twitter with their worries, because for authors, the loss of reviews and ratings is in no way a simple error or a minor issue, as the platform is a powerful tool for book discoverability and promotion. –
Tags: Art, Words, 06.11.21

Princeton’s Classics Department Dropping The Latin And Greek Requirement May Not Be A Disaster After All

Graeme Wood, who studied both languages himself, talked with a Princeton professor (who did not wish to be named) who says that the department expects no drop in the actual number of students who study Latin and Greek — but that there may be majors who don’t need to learn the languages, just as not all English majors need to learn Anglo-Saxon. – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Words, Princeton, Graeme Wood, 06.09.21

After Four Centuries, Oxford University Press Is Shutting Down Its Printing Business

“Oxford University’s right to print books was first recognised in 1586, in a decree from the Star Chamber. But the centuries-old printing history of Oxford University Press will end this summer, after the publishing house announced the last vestige of its printing arm was closing. The closure of Oxuniprint, which will take place on 27 August subject to consultation with employees, will result in the loss of 20 jobs.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Words, Oxford University, Oxford University Press, 06.09.21

How Social Media Is Changing Lit

Complaining about other, more successful writers is one of the most popular activities on Twitter, as is devising elaborately exacting standards of correct speech and vigorously, if informally, prosecuting those who violate them. – Slate
Tags: Art, Words, 06.08.21

The Complicated Benefits Of Reading Literature

“No one now can go on insisting on the usual beneficial effects of literature without taking serious and systematic account of Currie’s arguments. Not to do so in future will count as intellectual negligence.” – Notre Dame Philosophical Review
Tags: Art, Words, Currie, 04.02.21

Staffers At ‘The New Yorker’ Threaten Strike, Picket Anna Wintour’s House

The magazine’s salaried employees formed a union three years ago and have been negotiating for higher pay (at a publication known for low wages) ever since. About 100 of them went to the street outside the Greenwich Village townhouse of Condé Nast’s global editorial director on Tuesday, carrying signs in their publication’s recognizable headline typeface reading “Fair pay now” and “You can’t eat prestige” and chanting “Bosses wear Prada, workers get nada.” (The New Yorker is the one Condé Nast ...
Tags: Art, House, Conde Nast, Prada, Words, Anna Wintour, Greenwich Village, Wintour, 06.08.21

This Is How Easy It Is To Troll Book Folk

What’s important to note about these hoaxes is that they are absolutely terrible—totally artless, not believable at all, only really a “fool me once” situation if you were born or signed up for a Twitter account yesterday. Their relative success is even more embarrassing when you consider that the targets are supposed to be readers, people who approach language actively, if not critically. – BookForum
Tags: Art, Words, 06.21

The Scholar Who Proved Homer Didn’t Exist

The Iliad and the Odyssey weren’t written by Homer, because they weren’t written at all. They were products of an oral tradition, performed by generations of anonymous Greek bards who gradually shaped them into the epics we know today. – The New Yorker
Tags: Art, Words, 06.07.21

Folks Have Been Looking For A Gender-Neutral English Pronoun For A Long Time Now

“Even though people did not … personally identify as nonbinary in the way we understand it today (though some identified as ‘neuter’), neutral pronouns existed — as did an understanding that the language we had to describe gender was insufficient. … English speakers have proposed 200 to 250 pronouns since the 1780s. Although most petered out almost immediately after their introduction, a few took on lives of their own.” – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Words, 06.04.21

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