This week on the bookish internet

  • One of the most entertaining things about studying the eighteenth century is learning how many modern things (celebrity culture, for example) actually developed 200 years ago. John Pipkin provides one more example by detailing how James Lackington essentially invented the modern bookselling trade. (LitHub)
  • Bob Eckstein sought out the four hardest to find (allegedly) bookstores in the world. (Atlas Obscura)
  • Okay, this one was technically published last week, but I only got around to it this week. Eric Thurm ponders whether or not Joyce Carol Oates is trolling us on twitter. In a larger sense, however, this piece is about the disconnect between an author’s books and the author’s personality and opinions. (LitHub)
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