This week on the bookish internet

  • Elizabeth Allen recounts her experiences with the Joyce fandom while trying to read Ulysses. (Book Riot)
  • So, this one time, 22 people died in a riot over Macbeth. (LitHub)
  • There are classic books that have not aged well, either because of their politics, their style, or simply because tastes have changed. Two writers ask us to reconsider two such books:
    • Pamela, by Samuel Richardson, was one of the first novels in the English language and it is considered boring as hell by most modern readers—but not by Adelle Waldman. (The New Yorker)
    • Sigrid Undset won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1928, but hardly anyone reads her best known novel these days. Otto Reinert has some theories about why. (The Daily JSTOR)
  • m.d. flores has not had good luck with book clubs. (Book Riot)

You’ve probably noticed that I’ve been posting a ton of reviews this week. I’ve been on a reading vacation (the best kind of vacation) since last Friday. After Monday, I’ll go back to the usual three books or so per week.

This seemed relevant for the weekend:

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Unshelved, 12 May 2016, by Gene Ambaum and Chris Hallbeck
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