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The Top 10 Most Difficult Books, according to Publishers Weekly. Find many in our Free eBooks collection.

Rare Nabokov Story — “Everything Plays” — Published in English for the First Time.

Bowling for Columbine. It’s on YouTube and Sadly Relevant for a Second Time in a Month.

World’s Oldest Surviving Photograph (1826) Goes on the Road.

William S. Burroughs Rips Truman Capote Upon the Publication of “In Cold Blood”.

‘Just Tell Me That You Want Me: A Tribute To Fleetwood Mac’. 17 Songs. Available Online.

Neil deGrasse Tyson is Officially a Rock Star

Restored Version of La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc by Carl Dreyer. Added to our Free Movie Collection.

David Remnick Talks About His Recent Piece on Bruce Springsteen. Listen.

Terry Gilliam’s 10 Lessons For Directors Today.

Patti Smith’s Early Poetry Readings & Rock Shows, 1971-74. Audio.

The Time Bob Dylan Got an Honorary Doctorate in Music from Princeton. 1970.

Library of Congress Presents Aesop’s Fables for iPad/iPhone.

A Portrait of Bertrand Russell by Norman Rockwell.

A Labyrinth of Books, Based on Borges’ Fingerprint.

David Lynch Designs Labels For Dom Pérignon.

Susan Sontag on Love: Illustrated Diary Excerpts.

Ayn Rand and L. Ron Hubbard Came Up With Their Big Ideas in the Sack….Together.

Evgeny Morozov: TED is “a place where ideas, regardless of their quality, go to seek celebrity.” 

Paul Auster Reads from his Upcoming Memoir, ‘Winter Journal’.

History of Western Social Theory, by Alan MacFarlane, Cambridge. Added to our list of 500 Free Online Courses.

Perfumes Inspired by Dead Writers

dead writers perfume
Falling down the Etsy rabbit hole is one of my internet-ish weaknesses, and upon one of these bottomless falls I came across this Dead Writers Perfume, which is made with “black tea, vetiver, clove, musk, vanilla, heliotrope, and tobacco.” The combination reminds me of an old, worn book and maybe a dude with a dusty velvet jacket using a feather pen to write an opus, and I got to wondering what perfumes based on individual dead writers might look like. A few ideas:

Ernest Hemingway: Salt water, rum, coconut and lime, cigar smoke, Spanish wine

F. Scott Fitzgerald: Gin, citrus, oak (prep school, amirite), in a champagne-flute shaped bottle with gold flecks in it

Jane Austen: Darjeeling tea, snowdrops and pansies (flowers from her garden), meadow grass

Dorothy Parker: Whiskey sour, vanilla, mandarin, white musk

Edgar Allan Poe: Poppies, absinthe, sandalwood, and mold

Flannery O’Connor: Church incense, soap, vanilla, ginger

Jack Kerouac: Cigarettes, cheap beer, unwashed youth, patchouli, car leather

the Bronte Sisters: Heather, sea air, vetiver, primrose, black tea

Louisa May Alcott: Fir tree, red currant, blood orange, coffee beans

Tolstoy: Vodka, musk, black tea, black peppercorn, cedar

Sylvia Plath: Freshly washed linen, vanilla, daffodils, lavender

Margaret Mitchell: Musk, magnolia, tea, sugar, gardenia blossoms

Dickens: Cloves, tobacco, patchouli, brandy water, river water

Anne Sexton: Vodka martini, tobacco, lemon verbena, peppermint

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James Joyce Reads ‘Anna Livia Plurabelle’ from “Finnegans Wake”

Today is the birthday of James Joyce, who was born in Dublin on February 2, 1882, and wrote in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man: “Welcome, O life! I go to encounter for the millionth time the reality of experience and to forge in the smithy of my soul the uncreated conscience of my race.”

To celebrate his life, we present an August 1929 recording of Joyce reading a melodious passage from the “Anna Livia Plurabelle” chapter of his Work in Progress, which would be published ten years later as Finnegans Wake. The recording was made in Cambridge, England, at the arrangement of Joyce’s friend and publisher Sylvia Beach. “How beautiful the ‘Anna Livia’ recording is,” wrote Beach in her memoir, Shakespeare and Company, “and how amusing Joyce’s rendering of an Irish washerwoman’s brogue!”


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A 50-Year Visual History of Sylvia Plath’s ‘The Bell Jar’

This week 50 years ago, the first edition of The Bell Jar was published in England under the pseudonym Victoria Lucas. It didn’t make it to the United States until 1971, because Aurelia Plath was embarrassed by what her daughter had to say about her family. But make it to the States (as well as many other countries) it did, and in the last half century years, Sylvia Plath’s one and only novel has become a cult favorite, a classroom staple, and a source of inspiration and solace for thousands of young people. 

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Random Acts of Books: Sam Sacks on Stocking the Shelves

The BIBLIO-MAT from Craig Small 

The Biblio-Mat in Toronto’s The Monkey’s Paw (via GalleyCat and Lisa Peet): curated randomness.



Chinese author Mo Yan wins Nobel Prize in literature
BBC: Chinese writer Mo Yan is the recipient of the 2012 Nobel Prize for literature, making him the 109th recipient of the award. The Swedish Academy praised his work, saying the ‘hallucinatory realism merges folk tales, history and the contemporary.’
Photo: File via AP

Chinese author Mo Yan wins Nobel Prize in literature

BBC: Chinese writer Mo Yan is the recipient of the 2012 Nobel Prize for literature, making him the 109th recipient of the award. The Swedish Academy praised his work, saying the ‘hallucinatory realism merges folk tales, history and the contemporary.’

Photo: File via AP



My favourite place in Venice, the Libreria Acqua Alta.

It’s a bookshop right on the canal that floods every year, so the eccentric, stray-cat-adopting owner keeps his books in boats, bathtubs and a disused gondola to protect them.

There’s also a staircase made of books outside that you can climb up and get a gorgeous view of the canal, and a courtyard of seats made of books where you can sit and read. 

Seriously, books, canals, cats and boats. Can a place get any better?

As independent bookstores crash and burn in the United States and Britain, the book market in France is doing just fine. France boasts 2,500 bookstores, and for every neighborhood bookstore that closes, another seems to open. From 2003 to 2011 book sales in France increased by 6.5 percent.

The French Still Flock to Bookstores - via NY Times

Scarthin Books in Cromford nr Matlock, near Derbyshire, UK.

(Source: kopigo)