lit-readings

The way you feel about books is the way other people feel about movies or music or photography or cooking or [insert other artistic pursuit here]. Books are the lens through which you make sense of the world, but they’re not the only lens or the best lens. (There is no best lens.) Don’t limit yourself to only books. Don’t turn away interesting friendships or relationships on the grounds that the other person isn’t a reader.

The Gorgeous Nothings: Emily Dickinson’s Envelope Poems

Man, I love this book. I got it for Christmas a year or two ago, but only really dug into it this week.

It’s executed so well — these envelope fragments are presented full-size on one side of the page, the other side has a little map of the envelope with the words transcribed:

Some of my favorite fragments:

We introduce
ourselves
To Planets and
to Flowers
But with ourselves
Have Etiquettes
Embarrassments
And awes

Who says 
the Absense 
of a 
Witch
In-validates
his spell?

Interesting confluence: I noticed when flipping through Basquiat’s drawings that his hand-written directions would match up nicely with one of these:

You can see a bunch more of these fragments and other manuscripts in the digital Emily Dickinson collection at Amherst:

But I really recommend them in book form

Bonus: here’s a video of Jen Bervin and Marta Werner talking about the work:

Recommended.

Most readers nurse particular fantasies of stepping into their favorite books. Whether they dream of enrolling at Hogwarts, or signing up for MI6 with James Bond, they usually have a stable of settings that function as a means of escape. So imagine how strange and conflicting it was to be Jonathan Gottschall, the English professor who got a chance to enter Fight Club.

Nature as we know it is built up out of imaginative fictions. Strip as we will, we will never be naked. People fall in love because poets have talked up that sentiment … people are not only affected by the works of art that are written down, but by the works of art that are lived.
—  Richard Ellmann, “The Uses of Decadence: Wilde, Yeats, Joyce” in a long the riverrun

Say hello to the fourth of our five new authors for Season 4, Danika Stone, author of All the Feels! This story captured our hearts with its brilliantly accurate portrayal of fandom and by introducing us to our new favorite book boyfriend, charismatic steampunk enthusiast Xander. We’ve been fangirling over this book ever since!

For at least five generations now, women’s lives have been examined in books and newspaper features as a great social riddle. We are encouraged to lean in yet be skeptical of having it all, to call bias as we see it yet pipe down and smile more in meetings to get ahead. Just now, as the season thaws, the cultural conversation on whether to embrace a particular well-worn path — to marry and have children, if one can — is being amped up by a whirl of essays, memoirs, and historical narrative.
The Bazaar of Bad Dreams short stories announced

Table of Contents for Stephen Kings forthcoming book;

Author’s note
Introduction
1. Mile 81
2. Premium Harmony
3. Batman and Robin Have an Altercation
4. The Dune
5. Bad Little Kid – New
6. A Death
7. The Bone Church
8. Morality
9. Afterlife
10. Ur – First Time In Print
11. Herman Wouk is Still Alive
12. Under the Weather
13. Blockade Billy
14. Mister Yummy – New
15. Tommy
16. The Little Green God of Agony
17. That Bus is Another World
18. Obits – New
19. Drunken Fireworks – First Time In Print
20. Summer Thunder