This week on the bookish internet

  • People think of librarians as quiet, reclusive people, but we weren’t always. Lauren Young shares the shenanigans as the Library of Alexandria and the Library of Pergamum fought for books and scholarship. (Atlas Obscura)
  • After a lot of suggestions about persistence, one of the most frequently offered pieces of advice writers receive is not to read their reviews. Curtis Sittenfeld reads reviews of her books anyway. Jennifer Senior asked Sittenfeld about her experience. (The New York Times)
  • Tiffani Willis explains how Charlie Brown got her to read the Russian greats. (Book Riot)
  • If the Rabid and Sad Puppies want to win book awards, they should champion better books. Damien Walter read some of the books on the Puppies’ slate and found them absolutely dreadful. (The Guardian)
  • Cameron Hunt McNabb reflects on the history and many meanings of the now-indispensable ellipsis. (Slate)
  • Sarah Gailey calls for science fiction and fantasy authors to stop using sexual violence as a genre trope. (Tor)
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