This week on the bookish internet

  • Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir writes about why literature is a threat to the intolerant. (LitHub)
    • Chaser: A delightful post by William Savage about Samuel Johnson and Jeremy Bentham’s cats, among other feline companions from the eighteenth century. (Pen and Pension)
  • These Citizen Science projects are perfect for us bookish types. (Book Riot)
  • Katy Waldman wrote a fascinating article about reading Ovid at a time when sexual harassment is everywhere in the media. (The New Yorker)
  • Sara Wood describes creating the cover for The House of Impossible Beauties. (LitHub)
  • If literature’s famous men were on Tindr. (McSweeney’s)
  • I love this post about being a bookish child by Lucy Mangan, if only for paragraphs like this:
    • “But for children, rereading is absolutely necessary. The act of reading is itself still new. A lot of energy is still going into (not so) simple decoding of words and the assimilation of meaning. Only then do you get to enjoy the plot – to begin to get lost in the story. The beauty of a book is that it remains the same for as long as you need it. You can’t wear out a book’s patience.

      “There is hope for a man who has never read Malory or Boswell or Tristram Shandy or Shakespeare’s sonnets,” CS Lewis once wrote. “But what can you do with a man who says he ‘has read’ them, meaning he has read them once and thinks that this settles the matter?” The more you read, the more locks and keys you have. Rereading keeps you oiled and working smoothly, the better to let you access yourself and others for the rest of your life.” (The Guardian)

 

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