ReadRightNow: July 29, 2013

This morning, when I sat down to write this post, I opened my bookmarks folder to pull my favorite articles from the week that was and found, to my horror, that all (ALL) of them were from Huffington Post. There’s nothing innately wrong with this; but all of them?

Save one. The one I remembered from yesterday. Perhaps one of my favorites from the week. This week’s ReadRightNow is themed around literary life, somewhat in honor of the post I wrote Friday about smelling and buying books, and partly because hey, I’m a writer, I live a life of letters.

ReadRightNow:  July 29, 2013

  • Movies based on books:  the good, the bad, and the infuriating (I’m looking at you, Fried Green Tomatoes). But Huffington Post took it one step further and compiled a list of movies based on poems – some of which are surprising.
  • Some people are into poetry; some people think it’s a total waste of time. But it’s good to know, overall, what kind of reader you are. I, for example, am a Compulsive Book-Lover. I exhibit many of the traits of said characterization based on this infographic by Lauren E. Kelly for Huffington Post. 
  • In my current to-read stack is Bitter in the Mouth by Monique Truong, a book whose heroine can, among other things, taste color. Making the sensory leap between vision, smell, taste, etc. is interesting, and Prim Prim Studio has jumped on the bandwagon, reimagining fonts as food. Ever wondered what Times New Roman tastes like? Here you go.
  • Banned books are always a hot topic – why they’re banned, why we continue to ban books, etc. One librarian tried an experiment to measure people’s reactions to a his banning a book by a local author. Verdict: perhaps books are still banned because we allow them to be banned. See for yourself. 
  • And lastly, The Atlantic ran a wonderful article yesterday morning about first sentences, a compilation of famous authors favorite opening lines from books. It’s hard to choose a favorite – especially in my currently winnowed down library – but one of my favorite opening lines from a short story is from “Music” by Ellen Gilchrist, quite possibly my favorite short story ever written:

Rhoda was fourteen years old the summer her father dragged her off to Clay County, Kentucky, to make her stop smoking and acting like a movie star.

2 thoughts on “ReadRightNow: July 29, 2013

  1. ha! excuse me whilst i pick myself off the floor from laughing: the “why is everything i read from HuffPo?!?!” feeling happens to me regularly, and it’s okay. It could be worse: when all you read starts to be from BuzzFeed, then i start to worry (i love BF, but it’s a rabbit hole of useless.)
    don’t even get me started on books as movies…ugh i get so dang opinionated about it *shuts mouth*. i’m looking forward to reading the article because i rarely find movies as good as the books they are from: so many disappointments, ranging from mild to major. in fact, i’ll refuse to watch movies forEVER just so i can read the book first; i’m doing it right now with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
    i saw that banned book story earlier this week; very interesting read, i thought.

    1. Haha! Good point about BuzzFeed… it could always be worse. And books as movies… some of them are so good, but that list is SO much shorter than the list of really crappy adaptations, especially ones where they change MAJOR elements of the story (still looking at you, Fried Green Tomatoes). Amanda’s struggling to get through Girl with the Dragon Tattoo… I think she found it a bit dry to start, but now it’s picking up a bit. She just gets so sleepy when she reads that it takes her forever to finish a book. 🙂
      I also thought the banned book story was interesting. An intriguing experiment, but what is one to do about the conclusion (which seems to be that readers, in general, are passive about their literature and censorship)?

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