“Canterbury Tales has thirty-one pilgrims but only twenty-four stories.”
“Someone’s getting in there and erasing the story from within.”
“I think I can see a pattern beginning to emerge. The Merchant’s Wife was the first to go, followed by The Milliner’s Tale, The Peddler’s Cok, the Cuckold’s Revenge, The Maiden’s Wonderful Arse and, most recently, The Contest of Farts. The Cook’s Tale is already half gone—it looks as though whoever is doing this has a problem with the healthy vulgarity of Chaucerian texts.”
“In that case, it looks like we have an active cells of Bowdlerizers at work again. The Miller’s Tale will be the next to go.” —
- Jasper Fforde, Lost in a Good Book
Read this, no seriously, go read the Thursday Next series if you love literature. She’s a literary detective in Alternate Universe 1985 England with time travel, cloning, and people with the ability to enter stories. Plus, it’s very British in style.
I read the first of these this year. It was super fun.
Crushed it. Make your own here.
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F. Scott Fitzgerald meets Wes Anderson… Reminds us that life is often out of our control, even if we’re writing it down. The Village Voice on Kristopher Jansma’s debut The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards (x)
New favorite thing: Holding up books for no reason.
Send me a photo of you holding up a book you like (cover forward) and I’ll post it here. ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
You are more than welcome to hold up books you’ve written.
The more books you hold up at once, the higher up the list I’ll place you.
1) Books all face forward
2) Only one person holding
3) No photo shop
4) No solid supports (shelves, metal frame etc)
Competition closed - prizes awarded - entries still welcome.
Remember, quality counts as much as quantity. Want to show off your new book? Go for it.
Can you beat Benjamin (pictured above)? Send me an email with you attempt while you’re at it. (email@example.com)
It looks like The Strand wants readers to know what it feels like to be a bookseller.
Infinitely better than planking.
*nervously eyeing our bookroom*
Google Image Search, meet Book Titles.
The New York Trilogy
(In which we image search the names of books and post the strangest, most beautiful, or least-obviously-related image that comes up.)
This from an architectural brief by students at Greenwich University aiming to “explore the tools of the writer as a means to generate new architectural potentials as well as the tools of the architect to generate fictional narratives of the city.”
“People create stories create people; or rather stories create people create stories.”