Preparing for the weekend / Preparando el fin de semana (ilustración de Shu Okada)
2013 National Book Award Longlists: The Longlist for Fiction announced!
Congrats to all the nominees!! We will eat a cupcake today to honor your talent.
Millions of readers love Elizabeth Gilbert. The question is: Will they love her imagination? —
Eat, Pray, Love, Get Rich, Write a Novel No One Expects - NYTimes.com
The answer is: YES YES YES YES YES. The book is incredible. Everyone buy 16 copies.
Has Emma EVER been wrong?
(No. No she has not)
"They held me and told me everything would be fine, that sadness would rise from our bones and evaporate in sunlight, the way that morning fog burned off the river in summer."
This is too fun not to share.
We recently received a letter from a perceptive Classics reader noting a possible error in our current edition of Jane Eyre. Here’s the passage in question — a John Reed tirade:
"Where the dickens is she?," he continued. "Lizzy? Georgy (calling to his sisters) Joan is not here: tell mamma she is run out into the rain — bad animal!"
Joan? Joan Eyre? Surely not. Fascinated, we took this query Stevie Davies, editor of our current edition and resident Bronte expert, who gave us this enlightening answer.
Delighted to be asked, and it’s a good question, asked by a keen-eyed reader, because it picks up some of the meticulous verbal nuancing and class inflection that make Jane Eyre so authentic a social document. John Reed is calling Jane by a version of her name he considers proper to the lower ranks. This goes right back - Shakespeare: ‘Greasy Joan doth keel the pots.’
Oh, the ever-so-subtle art of the Victorian dis. John Reed is such a toad. Can someone please prepare a list of low-rent versions of common names so we can bring these insults back?
I love Guillermo del Toro. His creativity and attention to detail, especially when it comes to his creature design, is seemingly unmatched in the film-making industry. So, you can understand why I am super excited to see he has partnered with Penguin Classics to curate the Penguin Horror hardcover series, which will feature his favorite horror, sci-fi, fantasy and paranormal stories. The series includes: The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories by H.P. Lovecraft, The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe, Haunted Castles by Ray Russell (a Penguin Classics debut), Frankenstein by Mary Shelley and American Supernatural Tales with stories by Stephen King, Shirley Jackson and more.
The cover art for these first six books is fantastic. They were designed and illustrated by Penguin’s exceptional VP Executive Creative Director Paul Buckley whose plethora of outstanding cover art for Penguin is mind-boggling.
To celebrate the 13th & provide a bit of a “It’s 3:30 on a Friday afternoon & I can taste the after work drinks but I can’t see them in my hand, what’s going on?” visual distraction, here’s a bit more of our Guillermo del Toro-curated Penguin Horror series, plus a visual crash course in just why we love our Penguin Art Director Paul Buckley so much, c/o his Flickr account (where you can find a ton more like this)
Happy Friday the 13th!!!