Do you have a library card? If not, go sign up for one this weekend!
• Sadly, kids today probably have no idea what it's like to look something up in a card catalog. The library in Greenfield, Massachusetts, however, has come up with a creative way to not only preserve but also spotlight those poor neglected index cards. Let's hope other libraries will follow suit.
• While we're on the topic of castoffs getting a little love, photographer Kerry Mansfield's stark photographs of discarded library books are oddly compelling and nostalgia-inducing.
• A couple of weeks ago, we linked to a reading list that Hemingway compiled for a young aspiring writer. This week, we bring you (via Brain Pickings) Nabokov's reflections on creativity, as well as six short stories he recommended reading.
• In this week's What We're Reading post, I wrote about Matt Bell's In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods, which I think is an absolutely phenomenal book. And so I'm including this link to a great interview with him from Interview magazine.
• Finally, a bunch of lists for you to take in, ponder and perhaps disagree with: 50 must-read books published between 1963 and 2013 (one per year); the 25 most-hated books as voted on by Book Riot readers (including yours truly); and 100 must-read Southern books.
What links have you been forwarding this week? Here are a few worth sharing:
The Tournament of Books starts on Monday, if you can believe it. On the first day, we can look forward to a Pre-Game Primer with Kevin Guilfoile and John Warner, then Tuesday we're off with Jennifer Weiner judging Room against Bad Marie. I can't wait! Find the full bracket here, and start placing your bets.
I apologize for posting a link roundup that directs you to even more links—but that's what's great about surfing blogs, right? I always enjoy Greg of The New Dork Review of Books' monthly "Compendium of Literary Links," and February is no exception. In Greg's words: We'll attempt to debunk the idea that reading is overrated, we'll give you a new reading-related social network to check out, and we just might get you laid. Intrigued? Good! Check it out here.
In serious book news, there were a couple of major items this week. In one, HarperCollins President of Sales Josh Marwell posted an open letter to librarians about his company's new eBook policy, which stipulates that eBooks can be checked out 26 times before they expire. As you might imagine, librarians are responding. In this post, a library system in Oklahoma notes that sometimes physical books are circulated 100 times before being replaced or repaired.
The other big news item is that if you own an iPad, you'll now have access to 17,000 Random House titles in the iBookstore. Here's more from the LA Times on how the iPad 2 impacts readers.
Happy Friday! What are you reading over the weekend? I plan to spend a lot of time with So Much for That to prepare for an upcoming podcast.