Things that have been meaning to find their way into a post, but haven’t:
My recent interest in “northern” literature reminded me of this NYT review for Vendela Vida’s (Mrs. Eggers) new book Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name. I’d like to check it out just to determine who would win in the literary couples cage match – Veda/Eggers vs. Jonathan Safran Foer/Nicole Krauss. Coming soon to a bar in Brooklyn.
I’ve read a few reviews of the new Norman Mailer, The Castle in the Forest, (here’s one now). The book explores the “origins of evil” – starring a young Hitler. Sounds a lot like Hannibal Rising. I don’t see me reading either one soon.
Everything I read about Edinburgh makes me want to hop a plane to Scotland ASAP. Author Ian Rankin explains why the city, a UN World Heritage site for its literature, is handing out free copies of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Kidnapped. Free books? Gotta call my travel agent.
On our poli-sci bookshelf: BGB’s Dr J has been highly recommending Chris Hedges’ War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning for quite a while. Hedges also has a new book out called American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America. I don’t usually go in for “Why the Left/Right Sucks and the Right/Left is Always Right”-style books, but the reviews that I’ve read of Hedges’ new book sound like it is above that fray. Boing Boing recently provided the heads up on another interesting new book, Overblown: How Politicians and the Terrorism Industry Inflate National Security Threats and Why We Believe Them. It would appear to be a timely tome after the great Aqua Teen Hunger Force terrorism fiasco in Boston.
Lastly, check out these temporary tattoos for librarians (and other book lovers). I’m a fan of the “Alas, Poor Yorick” with the grinning skull and the quill dripping blood. Bad ass.