Welcome to Friday, dear friends. I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t mind visiting another planet in the coming days, so long as the inhabitants were peaceable and there were no forest fires. I’d also want them to have good coffee and choclate . . . and comfy bedrooms with private baths. Other than that, I’d totally be up for something different. But since that does not seem to be an option, I’ll content myself to finding small amounts of time in which to read. These remaining days of summer are proving to be busy suckers.
With that, a few bookish bits from the week:
1,100 Haiku are headed to Mars thanks to a contest hosted by University of Colorado. I wonder if martians will think we routinely communicate in three phrases of 5, 7 and 5 on.
Being field notes and all, it only fitting we highlight “A Field Guide to Uncommon Punctuation” by Peter Kispert (McSweeney’s). Always good to be prepared, you know.
You realize Dave Eggers is the founder of McSweeney’s, right? Well, his latest novel,The Circle, will be released by Knopf in October. It looks to be full of intrigue. There’s a slight chance it will also make you a bit more neurotic.
Good news for David Baldacci fans who love fantasy — he’s set to to write fantasy novel for young adults (YA). Sounds like a win-win to me. I do hope we’re not disappointed.
Author of the Silver Lining Playbook, Matthew Quick, has released a YA novel titled Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock. As Silver Linings proves, Quick is not one to shy away from tough topics. This book is no different. It’s the story of Leonard Peacock, a boy who brings his grandfather’s P-38 pistol to school to kill his former best friend, and then himself. But first, he must say goodbye to those important to him. The link will lead you to an interview with Quick. This part especially stood out:
Whenever there is a school tragedy, we ask what’s wrong with teachers, education, and the youth. Logical questions to pose in the wake of tragedy. But I wonder if we are not missing out when we fail to ask this question: What is going right on the many days when kids in crisis get help and tragedy is avoided? There are hero teachers in every high school quietly helping troubled teens. We can learn from them . . .
There are no clues indicating parts of Thomas Kyd’s play “The Spanish Tragedy” were, in fact, written by Shakespeare. Mainly, spelling and handwriting. Living in an electronic age, as we do, makes you wonder how we’ll ever solve such a dilemma for works of today, squabbled over in the future.
And don’t forget to sneak a peek at Neil Gaiman’s Fortunately, the Milk