It’s been a week of events at the girls’ school, so I’ve largely been playing mommy, not writer. But here’s a list of links I’ve gathered over the past week on books, writing and publishing:
— A lovely essay about Zora Neale Hurston.
— Writer Christal Presley talks about PTSD.
— What happens when you gender-flip book covers?
— New York City cab drivers produce a series of poetry.
— What happens when celebrities takeover publishing.
— How to read in the bath.
— The fascinating stories behind classic book titles.
— The meaning behind Fitzgerald’s famous line, “There are no second acts;” 20 American mansions fit for Jay Gatsby; a little about Fitzgerald’s first version of the novel; a dozen vintage ads from The New Yorker that evoke the era of Gatsby; what Fitzgerald’s estate made off the movie (not much); and not everyone likes The Great Gatsby. Here’s a so-so review of the movie (but I’m still going to see it).
— I’m dying to see Ayad Aktar’s Pulitzer Prize winning play.
— Clever doodles in school textbooks.
— A man takes on the task of writing out the Bible by hand.
— The guilty pleasure that is the Gossip Girl novels.
— A novelist on note-taking.
— The nation’s library hangs on by a thread.