I'm heading into London to visit with publishing colleagues and won't be back in the office again until Wednesday, August 20. Here are a few good articles I've found, here and there, to peruse in the meantime....
* "Ghosts in the Sunlight," a gorgeous commencement speech by Hilton Als (The New York Review of Books).
* "How Not to Write Your First Novel," a cautionary tale from the wonderful Lev Grossman (BuzzFeed Books).
* "Stories are Waves" by Michelle Nijhuis, discussing Bilbo Baggins as a girl and re-imagining classic texts (Aeon Magazine).
* An interview with novelist, critic, and mythographer Marina Warner, discussing fairy tales, feminisim, and other things (Prospect).
* "Diary: In the Day of the Postman," an excellent essay on letters, email, and time by Rebecca Solnit (London Review of Books).
Plus four good articles related to the subject of Solnit's essay: Jacob Burak's "Escape from the Matrix" (Aeon Magazine), Mark Edmondson's Pay Attention! (The Hedgehog Review), Andrew Leonard's review of Dan Hoyle's one-man show,"Each and Every Thing" (Salon), and Maria Popova's lovely piece on "Staying Present and Grounded in the Age of Information Overland" (99U).
Other good reads:
* Cécile Eluard, the daughter of poet Paul Eluard, discusses growing up among the Surrealists (The Guardian).
* Olivia Laing, author of To the River, discusses writers and alcohol (The Guardian).
* "Chasing Orwell's Ghost" by Matthew Bremner, text and photographs from the remote Scottish island where George Orwell finished writing 1984 (Roads & Kingdoms).
* "Virginia Woolf's Idea of Privacy" by Joshua Rothman (The New Yorker).
* "Tove Jansson, Queen of the Moomins" by John Garth (The Daily Beast).
* "Adriaen Coenen's Fish Book, 1580" (The Public Domain Review, via Rima Staines).
* "If a Cat Could Talk" by David Wood (Aeon Magazine).
* "Top Ten Literary Rodents" by Kate DiCamillo (The Guardian).
* "Secrets of the Stacks" by Phyllis Rose, on how libraries decide which books to keep, and which to weed out (Medium).
The beautiful still life paintings here are by Toronto artist Holly Farell. Please visit her website to see more of her work.