5 Book(ish) Things from the Internet That I Find Amusing Today

Yesterday, I was so productive but today, I’ve been in total procrastination mode. Of course, I will blame the internet. So, to top off today’s procrastination, here are 5 things from the internet that I have been keeping my attention.

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  1. Pardon my nerd alert, but as someone who studied ancient and classical civilizations and texts as a college student (although, all my knowledge of it is starting to slip away these days), my interest this morning was perked when I read about the digitization of ancient texts by the Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford and the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican Library). There are even photos of how they do it!
  2. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is being made into a film. This book was incredibly popular when I was a kid and it was always checked out of the library. My mild interest only led me to read one story from it (something about a disembodied toe?) but it was such a huge draw then, that I’m curious to how the film will be adapted.
  3. D.H. Lawrence preferred climbing mulberry trees stark naked to stimulate his imagination or so says the fascinating blog, Interesting Literature. 12 Fascinating Facts About Famous Literature has been collected over at HuffPost accumulated from the aforementioned blog.
  4. So, NPR has decided not to have any year-end book lists this year. That’s okay because I must admit, I get a little tired of the massive amount of end of the year lists lurking around every corner. But wait! Check out NPR’s new Book Concierge to assist with all levels of book choice decision making.
  5. Britain’s most dreaded literary prize, Bad Sex in Fiction Award, has been announced….The City of Devi by Manil Suri. Although, the author didn’t pick up the prize, his publisher accepted it on his behalf. The committee specifically targeted this passage,

Surely supernovas explode that instant, somewhere, in some galaxy. The hut vanishes, and with it the sea and the sands – only Karun’s body, locked with mine, remains. We streak like superheroes past suns and solar systems, we dive through shoals of quarks and atomic nuclei. In celebration of our breakthrough fourth star, statisticians the world over rejoice.

Today’s runner-up is not at all bookish but still enjoyable. If you want a good laugh, watch The Onion’s video about Michael Bloomberg’s controversial stop-and-kiss program.
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6 comments

  1. Regarding #4, I hit that point last year, i.e. I felt year-end best book lists were everywhere and without meaning to readers other than lists to skim and check off which books they’d read. So I got the idea to cross-reference lists from several major media outlets to see which books they all agreed on as best, fiction lists only. It was an interesting exercise. I think there were 5 or 6, but that told me they probably indeed were the best. Only one surprised me, which was Jess Walter’s “Beautiful Ruins,” but then I hadn’t read it. Of course, I then did read it.

    1. I think you hit the nail on the head. That’s exactly it. I never really found any meaningfulness from the lists; it’s more like they are skimmed off the top of bestseller lists. I’m curious to take a closer look at NPR’s concierge website. It might be doing the labor of cross-referencing and then some.

      Although, the end-of-year lists might be easy for people who don’t take much attention to the book world but still enjoy a good read.

      1. Yes, you’re right. I find most are just best sellers, which isn’t necessarily a negative (there are, of course, plenty of wonderful books that have high sales), but with NPR’s new app, it’s much easier to find something new and exciting.

        And especially now with sites like Buzzfeed flooding the internet with lists, what once was a fun, occasional thing, is an every minute occurrence.

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