Celebrating the 200th Post at Acid Free Pulp

How exciting! Yesterday marked the 200th post on Acid Free Pulp. In celebration (and because it’s Friday and time to goof off), I’ve compiled some bookish bric-a-brac for your perusing. Here are some internet finds that I’m finding amusing–or self-indulgent–today. Enjoy!

  1. If you haven’t had your daily dose (or any dose) of German poetry in English translation, I recently put up a new one on my personal project, Translations of Dead German Poets. Haven’t heard of avant-garde poet Else Lasker-Schüler? Well, now you have!
  2. This morning, I read a Q&A with debut novelist Yangsze Choo about her new book The Ghost Bride, which finds its inspiration in Chinese folklore about a woman who is asked to become the wife of a dead man. I’m excited and you should be, too.
  3. Short stories need to make a comeback and I’m a huge proponent of making the push for commuters (trains, bus types) finding the joy in the medium. Here is a list with links to the stories included of classic stories by Margaret Atwood, Grace Paley, Ernest Hemingway, Ray Bradbury and more for your short reading pleasure.
  4. If you didn’t catch JJ Abrams talking about the new book on the Colbert Report last night, you need to watch the clip. Co-written with novelist Doug Dorst, S looks super rad and I just want to touch it. Take a look at the photos on Amazon. It seems like some sort of mash-up of BS Johnson and  Mark Z. Danielewski. Me want!
  5. A new art project in London is designing city book benches inspired by such classics as The Wind in the Willows and 1984. The project hopes to raise enough funds for 50-70 BookBenches. Check the photos here.

‡For an honorable mention (or dishonorable?), I point you to this strange and cringeworthy news article. After reading it, I thought, “What poor book was he using?” Librarians and  book lovers, alike, beware….

Have any Friday fun to share? Please leave your finds in the comments.

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16 comments

  1. Congratulations! Thanks for the HuffPo short story list. I read the Else Lasker-Schüler poem when you posted it, and liked it very much — I’ll have to look up more about her when I have the chance.

  2. Happy 200! I love short stories and am always disappointed every time someone tells me that they won’t read them (without giving them a chance). So I’m glad to have found another short story reader.

    And that book. Yuck. I’ve found some pretty foul things in books, but never of the male fluid variety.

    And this is not bookish, but still interesting (it must be unfortunate to have to be nice ALL the time): http://www.fastcodesign.com/3022006/design-crime/this-painting-of-the-danish-royal-family-will-steal-your-soul

    1. Oh, dear. That painting defines the word ‘uncanny.’ (I can’t stop looking at it)

      I’m trying to add more short stories into my life because this past year or two, they have been devoid from my reading life where they had always been. (My own mother is one of these people who poo poos short stories!). I would also like to see novellas come back in fashion. Huge leviathan novels seem to be the way these days.

      People can be quite odd with library materials; I shudder to think what the gooey stuff is on the bottom of the DVDs sometimes.

      1. Or in bizarre headlines, I quite enjoyed this one: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/22/shark-chokes-on-moose-rescued-by-canadians_n_4319851.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003

        I recently started Drown by Junot Diaz and so far, so good. I’m also just finishing up Crimes in Southern Indiana by Frank Bill, which is excellent – I had to give Autobiography of a Corpse a rest. I love a good novella and have honestly started to avoid books that are over 600 pages. I haven’t had the energy as of late to tackle anything that size.

        One of the best things I ever did for myself was to leave public libraries. I’m much happier working in special collections where the people are weird, but significantly less so. Weird is good…until you can’t identify the substance that is dripping off of the returned item.

      2. That article reminds me of another where a snake and alligator tried to eat each other and ended up exploding (for lack of a better word). If you don’t already, for the weird (and unfortunately, appalling) there is the twitter feed Florida Man–> @_FloridaMan. That’s where I got the strange library book story.

        I’m taking a break, too, from ‘Autobiography’ mostly because I’ll be traveling for Thanksgiving this week. I feel I need to give it more focus than I have been.

        I’m heading over now to read your Frank Bill review…

  3. Thanks for the link to The Colbert Report. (Hilarious.) I’m reading “S.” Just in the beginning and find myself getting completely taken in by its weird construct. The book is indeed wonderful to touch for all its inserted treasures.

  4. Congrats on the bicentblogial. Thanks also for sharing the link to the short story post. I’m working on a public page at Bibliophilopolis that will share on-line short story resources like that (in hopes of coaxing others to do their versions of my annual “Deal Me In” short story project).
    -Jay

    1. Thanks! I’ve also really enjoyed your short story project. I need to do that as well. Have you heard of Feedbooks? They have a whole section of easily organized public domain short stories (a bunch that Project Gutenberg unfortunately sometimes doesn’t have). Also, Amazon has a slew of free or cheap short stories by Philip K Dick.

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