Tuesday April 27th, 2010

In the Ether

moby-dickMatt Kish, a librarian in Ohio, is illustrating one passage from each page of his copy of Moby-Dick. The Book Bench has an interview with Kish and a slide show of seven diverse examples. (The home page for the project is here.) . . . Blake Wilson at Paper Cuts writes about a “forgotten hippie novel” in a way that, against all odds, gets me interested: “The story follows the young drug slinger D. R. Davenport (Divine Right) and his girlfriend, Estelle, as they roll across the country. The introduction is written from the perspective of their 1963 Volkswagen microbus, Urge.” . . . I read Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s feminist/Gothic classic The Yellow Wallpaper in college. Nancy Mattoon summarizes the book’s history, including this terse rejection letter from the editor of The Atlantic Monthly: “Mr. Howells has handed me this story. I could not forgive myself if I made others as miserable as I have made myself.” . . . Simon Akam examined secondhand book tables on the streets of New York to determine which titles and authors popped up most often. Stephen King and Ian McEwan were #2 and #3 on the author list, respectively. Who topped them? Go here. . . . Nina MacLaughlin was underwhelmed by Rabbit, Run, an opinion I have to admit I share. . . . Alan Sillitoe, a prolific writer best known for two books that were turned into movies, died earlier this week at 82. . . . Ian Wolcott wonders how to teach a child about the Holocaust, and figures you could do worse than Charlie Chaplin. “We want to protect our children from damaging knowledge. We also want them to understand the kind of world they live in.”