AKA // Imaginary Bookstore, Typewriters & Tittles //
In this literary edition of the Grind, let's close our eyes and pretend we're in a dusty, old gnarly bookshop hanging out with the motley crew of Mark Twain, Tom Hanks, John Steinbeck, Wile E. Coyote, Christopher Moore, Neil Gaiman, Kathleen Norris and Cormac McCarthy. The sounds of a creaky floor in our ears and the scent of burnt coffee in our noses. It's a good conversation centered on the best book adaptations to movies, ways to read more, the best books of 2016 and the best upcoming books this spring. There's a lively debate on the most beautiful libraries in every state and a discussion about a grad student recently discovering a lost Walt Whitman novel. Each of us recommend books we bet no one in the group has read. It's a good day. Just a group of people talking books.
But then Steinbeck starts piping up about racism and bigotry and Hanks gets obsessed with typewriters and Gaiman wants to know what the dot atop the letter i is called, and we all realize there's something really, really wrong with Christopher Moore. It's all downhill from there. And just as we bat our eyes open, we hear a high pitched, "Beep! Beep!" and the whole illusion gets blown to holy hell as Wile E. Coyote sets off a few crates of TNT. Our imaginary bookstore is a pile of smoldering kindling.
Good thing I wrote it all down for you. Enjoy this edition of the Grind. I'm off to read The Fireman.
- Here are the 11 Most Anticipated Book to Movie Adaptations coming soon to a theater near you.
- I bet you didn't know the writing of Mark Twain was the inspiration behind Wile E. Coyote.
- Is there anything Tom Hanks can't do? This fall, he's releasing his first collection of short stories titled Uncommon Type: Some Stories. The book will feature 17 shorts each having to do with a different typewriter.
- John Steinbeck on racism and bigotry via Brainpickings.
- Are you a creative type and want to get stuff done? Then you must read these 7 essential books to help unleash your creative potential.
- Go on, "move that TV to the basement" and 7 more ways to read (a lot) more books this year.
- Publisher's Weekly selects its Top 20 Books of 2016.
- The company that decimated physical retail bookstores is now opening...physical retail bookstores:
- New novels by Fiona Barton, Greg Iles, Don Winslow, Joan Didion, Condoleezza Rice, Mayte Garcia and Jeff VanderMeer highlight this list of the most anticipated book releases in spring 2017.
- Family Christian is closing all of its 240 stores across the nation.
- The average number of tvs per household in America has declined!
- I doubt they looked at every library in every state, but Business Insider rates these libraries at the most beautiful in each state.
- Before Gutenberg and his fancy, shmancy printing press all books were laboriously created by hand, and therefore books were extremely rare and valuable. So, how did libraries protect their invaluable collections? Read about the largest, intact chained library...if you're into that sort of thing.
To read all the books in the British Library at a rate of five a day would take 80,000 years.
The dot above the letter i is called a tittle; which is also where the phrase "To a T" comes from..."To a Tittle," meaning to the smallest detail. Now you know.
- "I fell out of bed laughing." - Writers pick their favorite funny books. I'd probably pick something by Christopher Moore...like this one.
- If you really want to stop fake news, leave it to the librarians.
- Nine Modern Literary Letter Collections for the Curious Reader.
- Author Cormac McCarthy explains why he thinks 9-to-5 jobs limit creativity and Why He Worked Hard At Not Working.
- A Grad student discovered a lost novel written by Walt Whitman.
- 21 Thought-Provoking Books That Will Stay On Your Mind For Days.
- Entertainment Weekly recommends 6 Comics To Hold You Over Until Stranger Things 2.
- What To Read When You Want To Avoid The News.
- Neil Gaiman's next book will be a Neverwhere sequel titled The Seven Sisters.
- Can you tell I really want people to read more often? No? Ok, one more: "How I Tricked Myself Into Reading More Books".
...The Last Drop
Grind #106 :: Literary Links for Book Loving Lurkers ~ Fin.