- Are you guilty of tsundoku?
“We collect, covet, and guard books the way a dragon does jewels. There’s even a word for having too many books: tsundoku.”
Do you buy more books than you can afford and/or more books than your house can accommodate? Do you have more books than you can ever read? Do you like the feel of a real tangible book?..
Read this article on the joy of reading, the love of books, and learning to let go.
- So, have you bought any new books lately?
Are your bookshelves overstuffed? Can you barely see your house behind the dusty stacks of books you might read one day?
Maybe it’s time for a purge. Alternatively,
“…stop beating yourself up for buying too many books or for having a to-read list that you could never get through in three lifetimes.”
Read this article on why having way too many books is a very good thing.
What say you?
Image: Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Apple Vendor (La Marchande de pommes), 1890. Oil on canvas, Overall: 25 9/16 x 21 7/16 in. (65 x 54.5 cm). BF8. Public Domain.
- Two books that include police brutality and racism as themes have drawn attention to a suburban Charleston, South Carolina high school.
The Hate U Give (HarperCollins, 2017) by Angie Thomas and All American Boys (Simon & Schuster, 2015) by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely are two out of four books that comprise a summer reading list for Wando High School students.
The Fraternal Order of Police has a problem with the list, and the police organization president, John Blackmon has called for The Hate U Give and All American Boys to be dropped.
In the guild’s open letter to the police group, executive director Mary Rasenberger writes, “This interference–which is clearly based on the content of the books in question–must stop.
It is a blatant violation of students’ first amendment rights and an improper attempt at censorship by law-enforcement officials.”
Find out why The Fraternal Order of Police is in fact free “to support or oppose just about anything they desire.”
Or why a “First Amendment infringement argument could be made by or on behalf of the students” in this case.
“Just one more thing” (© Columbo):
Why aren’t there any classics on the reading list?
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Image: Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Leaving the Conservatory (La Sortie du conservatoire), 1876–1877. Oil on canvas, Overall: 73 13/16 x 46 1/4 in. (187.5 x 117.5 cm). BF862. Public Domain.
- ‘Since 1954, the American Library Association has awarded a medal for lifetime achievement in children’s literature in the name of Laura Ingalls Wilder. …
In February, the ALA announced that it was reconsidering the name of the Wilder Award. Alluding to the depiction of American Indians and African Americans in Wilder’s work, the ALA declared that her legacy put the group in the uncomfortable position of serving children while being unable to model values of “inclusiveness, integrity and respect.” Wilder’s books, it went on, “reflect racist and anti-Native sentiments and are not universally embraced.”’
A sneak attack under cover of darkness took care of “bad” old statues. It’s time to fight “bad” old books now.
I don’t have much to add to what PG said, except perhaps one thing. It’s easy–while shaming long dead authors of fiction–to overlook what’s going on here and now:
“God is on our side! On the side of the children … Let’s make sure we show up wherever we have to show up. And if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them and you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.” — Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA)
“Inclusiveness, integrity and respect”?
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Image: Maurice Brazil Prendergast. Rocks, Waves and Figures, c. 1902–1904. Watercolor with graphite underdrawing on handmade wove paper, Overall: 11 1/8 x 15 5/8 in. (28.3 x 39.7 cm). BF2079. Public Domain.
“You can do it: whatever your little piece of awesome is.” Unleash the power of awesome.
Brian A. Klems is on a quest to build a list of books every writer should read. See what he’s come up with so far, and add your top five.
“America is in a golden age of poetry production.” — Lee Briccetti, longtime executive director of Poets House. Read this article on Poets & Writers site.
10 books turned movies.
Something for the whole family to enjoy.
A new short story collection by F. Scott Fitzgerald is forthcoming from Scribner, a Simon & Schuster imprint in April, 2017.
Something to look forward to.
You think your idea is safe? Think again.
Author Pamela Jane shares her story.
“While working, I hold my creation in my fingers. Even one’s heartbeat disturbs such minute work, so particularly delicate work has to be done between heartbeats,”
— Vladimir Aniskin, microminiaturist from Russia, creator of (quite possibly) the world’s tiniest book.