bookish links

This week on the bookish internet

  • I’ve always loved the punchy definitions in Ambrose Bierce’s The Devil’s Dictionary. (The Paris Review)
  • Opening up the syllabus to feature writers of color should not be controversial but, sadly, that’s the case when Lola Olufemi wrote an open letter asking Cambridge University to do just that. (The Guardian)
  • Students in Biloxi can read To Kill a Mockingbird in the classroom again…but only with parental permission. For fuck’s sake. (The Sun Herald)
  • Eleanor Catton and Max Porter share the many roles of a literary editor. One wishes that Henry James’ editor had fought a little harder to untangle the author’s overly complicated sentences. (The Guardian)
  • Christopher de Hamel, the lucky bastard, got to see the Book of Kells. (LitHub)
  • Danika Ellis has reader imposter syndrome. (Book Riot)
  • Kerry Mansfield photographs worn (well-loved?) library books that have been withdrawn. I do love to see books that have been used, rather than pristine but faded on the shelves. (The Guardian)
  • And, just for Halloween: a story about a haunted library in Evansville, Indiana. (Book Riot)

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