Writers joined the Occupy Wall Street movement in a big way this week—and we're not just talking about Naomi Wolf getting arrested. A new "Occupy Writers" page has authors like Francine Prose and Alice Walker writing about what the movement means to them. Lemony Snicket's contribution shows his trademark wit and humor in a list of 13 observations on watching the demonstrations (from a distance, of course!).
Haruki Murakami's 1Q84 comes out next week, and you can read all about it in the November issue of BookPage. If you want a preview now—and you're interested in the process that goes into creating the design elements of a book—watch this video with Chip Kidd, the well-known art director at Knopf. In the video, he explains how certain aspects of the book influenced the beautiful book jacket and interior art:
He continues the conversation on Knopf's blog, where you can also see a close-up of the 1Q84 book jacket.
This week, Slate posted a new short film by Spike Jonze and handbag designer Olympia Le-Tan that takes place inside an antiquarian bookstore. It's a stop-motion bookstore love story . . . in which the books come alive. Check it out:
This week, there's been a lot of buzz about the Ken Auletta profile of Jill Abramson in the New Yorker. If you're wondering why Auletta spent a couple of paragraphs on Abramson's voice, well, watch this clip from CBS Sunday Morning and wonder no more. By the time Braverman got around to asking her about the way she talks, this viewer was definitely wondering the same question! (Bonus: a behind-the-book story of her memoir, The Puppy Diaries.)
Hope everyone had a wonderful week! A little rainy around here, so I've had plenty of time for reading! I'm currently switching between 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Just Kids by Patti Smith. What will you be reading this weekend?
Here are a few things we're loving Internet-wise this week:
Design*Sponge, one of the biggest design and DIY sites in the world (and perhaps the biggest) has a book coming out in September! We love their post Design*Sponge at Home: The Evolution of a Book Cover and seeing how the cover went from this:
to the final:
To stay up-to-date on the book, click here, and stay tuned for a Q&A with Grace Bonney in September!
Readers of the Bard might not be able to make the trip to Washington to visit the “Fame, Fortune & Theft: The Shakespeare First Folio” exhibit at the Folger Shakespeare Library, but a close second is this NYT article which details the history and maintenance process of the Shakespeare First Folio, including the process of recreating the ashes of one burned copy. A fascinating account on how veneration has grown to near-worship:
The YA discussion rages on, and this week NPR published an article on YA author Lauren Myracle's apology to WSJ. Myracle's Shine was specifically mentioned in Gurdon's critique of the genre. In so many words, Myracle called Gurdon's article "idiocy" and then quickly apologized. Read more, plus an excerpt from Shine.
Check out this photo gallery of literary homes from the Expat section of The Telegraph website. It is a collection of homes of 15 famous British authors, such as Beatrix Potter, Jane Austen and Henry James. It ranges from the expected (Stratford-upon-Avon) to the surprising (Robert Burns' clay home, where a cast of his skull now resides, of course).
What are your favorite author homes? Mine have been the two I accidentally happened upon: J.R.R. Tolkien's dorm room at Exeter and the home of Chaucer's brother (close enough) in Woodstock!
Enjoy the sunshine!
What links from the week do you think are worth sharing? A few of my picks:
If you read my Q&A with Stanley Fish about the excellent How to Write a Sentence and still want to know more, see this Slate round-up of Stanley Fish's Top Five Sentences. This one is mentioned in both my piece and Slate's:
"Last week I saw a woman flayed, and you will hardly believe how much it altered her appearance for the worse." —Jonathan Swift, 1704.
The Guardian's Books Blog has a great post on "extreme book design." The subhead tells you all you need to know: "Setting fire to fields, tangling with tarantulas: it's all in a day's work for a book jacket designer."
Reynolds Price died last week, and John Williams at The Second Pass has excerpted a few nice quotes from a 1991 Price interview with the Paris Review. BookPage reviewed Price's Letter to a Godchild: Concerning Faith.