Tuesday February 9th, 2010

In the Ether

ubikJohn Gall shares a few selections from a “huge and varied archive of Philip K. Dick covers.” . . . Book Lovers Never Go to Bed Alone, a blog devoted to photos of people’s bookshelves. . . . Levi Stahl is coping with shelves that are unusually bare. . . . Someone has a bookcase in the form of Pac-Man. . . . I’m always happy to be reminded of David Brent’s reading of John Betjeman. . . . Mark Sarvas recently helped judge a prize for first novels, and he came away from the experience with several tips for writers. . . . Speaking of debut novels, this week Lit Drift is giving away a copy of The Children’s Day by Michiel Heyns, about a South African boy’s coming of age in the 1960s. . . . Later this month, bookmark collectors are holding their first convention. It’s being staged online, which seems a bit odd for such a tactile pursuit. . . . Mark Athitakis says it’s only time to panic about the waning influence of book reviews “if you figure this is something new—or if you figure that getting readers to buy books is the reviewer’s job.”