Thursday August 12th, 2010

In the Ether

judt1Tom Nissley remembers historian Tony Judt, who passed away last week after publicly and bravely suffering from ALS, and also re-posts a list of Judt’s recommendations for the best 10 books to read about 20th century Europe. . . . Sona Avakian interviews Allison Hoover Bartlett, the author of The Man Who Loved Books Too Much: The True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World of Literary Obsession: “I hadn’t even considered that thieves might be attracted to my readings, but I’ve seen other suspicious looking men (book thieves are almost always men), so I do wonder about them.” . . . Peter Anderson offers an idea for a novel, free of charge. (“Thrillers aren’t my thing, and I could never do justice to the complicated science of cold fusion.”) . . . John Gall shares a few “French pulp covers collected across the internet that have been occupying a small but strategic portion of my hard drive.” . . . Eileen Reynolds is thrilled by the new edition of the Chicago Manual of Style. . . . In 1989, Kurt Vonnegut wrote to a first-time novelist who had reached out to him. (“I have not read your Sad Movies, and Dos Passos surely never read anything by me. About twenty new books a week arrive at this house, most of them no doubt marvelous. I simply can’t keep up.”) . . . Taylor Antrim says the novella is making a comeback, and Flavorwire rounds up some of the classics.