Friday, October 26, 2012

Some Books I've Been Reading Lately

Today marks my last day with Shakespeare & Co. Thank you to everyone who made working here a pleasure! Here is one last list before I go.

2012 belonged to Philip K. Dick and Patricia Highsmith, specifically Ubik and The Price of Salt. I was deeply infatuated with both books. An honorable mention to "The Moon Moth" which was a sterling recommendation and has made me want to read all Jack Vance ever. The anthology I read the story in is out of print but look around, it's surely out there.

Happy reading, folks!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Nesting Books

The entirety of Hamlet, on a bookmark. That your bookmark may actually be a smaller book.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Room 101

Photo Source: Room 101 Immortalised in Plaster
Truly, I appreciate that Room 101 has its own Wikipedia entry. Today's lesson!

Room 101 is a place introduced in the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. It is a torture chamber in the Ministry of Love in which the Party attempts to subject a prisoner to his or her own worst nightmare, fear or phobia.
You asked me once, what was in Room 101. I told you that you knew the answer already. Everyone knows it. The thing that is in Room 101 is the worst thing in the world.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Julie Otsuka & Anselm Berrigan: Signing & Discussion

Wednesday, October 17th
Barker Room, 2315 Boylan
Brooklyn College
6pm - 7:30pm

Julie Otsuka won the American Library Association's Alex Award in 2003 for When the Emperor was Divine, and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction in 2011 for The Buddha in the Attic which was not only a New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle bestseller but also placed as a National Book Award and Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist. Otsuka has also received many notable awards such as the Guggenheim Fellowship and an Arts and Letters Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her fiction has been published in Granta and Harper’s and read aloud on PRI’s “Selected Shorts” and BBC Radio 4’s “Book at Bedtime.”
Anselm Berrigan earned a BA from SUNY Buffalo and an MFA from Brooklyn College. His collections of poetry include Integrity & Dramatic Life (1999), Zero Star Hotel (2002), Some Notes on My Programming (2006), and Free Cell (2009). He co-edited The Collected Poems of Ted Berrigan (2005) with Alice Notley and Edmund Berrigan and was the recipient of a 2007 poetry fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts. He directed the Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church from 2003 to 2007 and is co-chair of the graduate writing program at Bard College.