First up this week is a lighthearted contribution from the terrific site Open Culture. Anyone who grew up watching Looney Tunes will enjoy these classic cartoons with a literary angle. 1946's "Book Revue" (embedded below), has all the elements—memorable musical numbers, wacky humor and prolonged chase scenes—that make Warner Brothers cartoons so beloved. Apologies in advance for leaving you humming "nothing could be feener than to be in Caroleeena in the moooorning." Click here to read Open Culture's post and see an even earlier version of the "books come to life" genre.
We told you about World Book Night coming stateside earlier this week—but giving away free books is not without controversy. Unhappy with the selections to be given away in the UK, and with the expense being shouldered by publishers, author Susan Hill is starting her own event, Not World Book Night, that encourages people to pick a book from her list of selections, read it and pass it on. The Guardian says of her list and mission:
From Metroland to The Turn of the Screw, Midnight's Children to The Day of the Triffids, it's a wonderfully eclectic line-up – Hill was "looking to stimulate interest in the best, not suggest the obvious and recommend", she tweeted, later telling me that she was "thinking just to do some more recommends… no hidden agenda!"
So the Steve Jobs bio is out, and the reviews and excerpts are everywhere (including our site!). But one of the funniest takes I've seen is that of Book Shop Santa Cruz, who created the tumblr site "Watched by Steve" in homage to that memorable cover photo. Hard to pick my fave, but I think it might be this one (look hard to find Jobs!).
We're less than two months away from the release of the American version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo movie, and I bet I'll run into more than a few Lisbeth-look-alikes this Halloween weekend. Those of you who want to look like Lisbeth, but, perhaps, didn't get your act together in time for October 31 can still look forward to some wardrobe additions. Swedish chain store H&M is launching a line of clothing inspired by the Stieg Larsson's books. Have to say that I agree with a comment from The Guardian . . . "Hard to think a high street collection stems back to a book originally called Men Who Hate Women."
Happy weekend! What have you been reading this week?