Thor to become a woman. Really, Marvel?
Jamil Ahmad–author of The Wandering Falcon, about those living in Pakistan’s tribal badlands (a book he published at seventy-nine years of age, we might add)–has died.
James Parker and Francine Prose talk ‘the last literary taboos,’ for The New York Times Bookends. Prose suggestions, ‘there will always be taboos as long as the powerful are allowed to define what writers are forbidden to write.’ Parker argues but one taboo remains: Boringness.
Speaking of digitised treasures, a new web project (a collaboration between Johns Hopkins University, the Centre for Editing Lives and Letters at UCL, and the Princeton University Library) plans to analyze and make available s available the writings made in the margins of books. According to Anthony Grafton, Professor of the department of history at Princeton, it will provide “the chance to stand by the desks of Renaissance scholars and look over their shoulders while they work at their trade. We can watch them read and respond to a vast range of books, tracing their thoughts and glimpsing the ways in which they used their scholarship to advise kings, ambassadors, and archbishops.” Intriguing, non?
Oh, and in case you haven’t heard, Thor will now officially be a woman. No, I didn’t make that up. I’m going to go ahead and add this to the list of things I most certainly do not understand.