New authors may be the losers as publishing titans clash via Al Jazeera America for Android



The Anatomy of A Hardcover [source]
(It’s so sexy.)

Useful to know.



The Anatomy of A Hardcover [source]

(It’s so sexy.)

Useful to know.


Books that people read romantically but shouldn’t because they’re missing the point:

  1. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  2. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
  3. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

(via thefemaletyrant)

The only book that I might read from this list is Casino Royale. One of my top 6 books would definitely be Wild Seed by Octavia Butler. What would you put on your list?

From Salon:

"In my view, a good writer can learn something from whatever he or she reads. And so I certainly don’t begrudge a student reading any piece of contemporary fiction. In fact, I assign the annual best-of anthologies as textbooks in my workshops, and more often than not our discussions of the assigned readings — initiated by students, not by me — center on what makes the stories so goddam awful. This is useful and good.

But a fiction writer ought to engage with other parts of the culture, too. This includes reading outside one’s genre — I happen to favor sci-fi and mystery, but I think it’s fine for literary writers to read YA, romance, fantasy or whatever they please. Literary writers are in the privileged position of being permitted to raid any genre for tools to subvert and repurpose. We ought to be reading poetry, too, of course, and nonfiction. We should read instruction manuals, legal documents, restaurant reviews and corporate newsletters. We should follow weird people on Twitter and go to lots of parties and have lots of intense and ridiculous conversations with drunk people. We should go home for the holidays and argue with our families, and we ought to listen to lots of music and we ought to watch plenty of television, because television is, at the moment, the most artistically important narrative medium. We should eavesdrop, and we should gossip. We should probably be in therapy. We should probably drink more coffee.

Let’s face it: Literary fiction is fucking boring. It really is. It’s a genre as replete with clichés as any. And when you’re as deeply immersed in it as many of us are, it’s all too easy to stop noticing the clichés. They no longer stand out. They’re just What People Do. And so, we do them. If a writer of literary fiction wants to be great, she needs to poke her head up out of the echo chamber every now and then and absorb the genuine peculiarity of human striving. And that means reading stuff that is not literary fiction, and, sometimes, not reading at all.”

It is rare for me to read literary fiction. I mainly read fantasy, nonfiction, and a little poetry and scifi. I also read a lot of blogs and news-type stuff online. So what do you all think? Is literary fiction really that awful?




We’re speechless… and also curious whether we would ever be able to eat any of these cakes, let along cut into one of them. But, we want one anyway. 

Of course, we also think that you should read the book while you eat its cake doppelganger, so why not visit NYPL’s online catalog and pick one up today!


30 Gorgeous & Delicious Literary Cakes

Mmmmmm, cake! — tanya b.

How does one go about eating that Where the Wild Things Are one/ where can we get one?

I want the Narnia cake!

(Source: bookconfectionery)




I could pee on this.

I’m in tears at the kitten one.

i need this in my life

OMG I need that book!

(via whispering-literature)

Tags: cats Poetry books

Behold: Awesome tea house/library in Shanghai!

(Source: bookriot, via whispering-literature)

"We live through books; we have adventures in them, we lead alternative lives through them. We expand our memories through them. And that sometimes art can offer us more intense experiences of the world than life itself can."

— Anthony Doerr (via myheartbeatsforparis)

(via whispering-literature)


Every once in a while I like to share books with Tumblr. This time I bring several books on the politics of imperialism, Orientalism and Empire narrative(s) experienced by post-colonial nations in the Middle East and South Asia as well as Africa. Five writers from five different places with excellent thoughts for you to read and share: (From left) Eqbal Ahmed from Pakistan, Edward Said from Palestine, Hamid Dabashi from Iran, Vijay Prashad from India, Aimé Fernand David Césaire (Frantz Fanon’s teacher!) from Martinique.

Click on the links in order to download the books:

Have fun learning (and dismantling hegemony).

(via racialicious)