Issue of May 9, 2010

What’s up this week? A snark-on-snark when a writer takes on an editor; a journey into a surprising and little-known library and its owner; an unexpectedly complex memoir; a journey into the history of bookmarks, and more. We hope you enjoy it.

So many creative people prefer to define themselves not by their day jobs but by their art. Lindsay Champion found the memoir of one such artist, a punk rock drummer who works as a window washer, and learned how he used both his dreams and his work to bridge the gap between them and find a new life for himself in Head in the Clouds.

A king who was one of the most important military leaders in current day Hungary during the latter half of the fifteenth century also built one of the most important libraries which has mostly disappeared. The historical approach to this tantalizing and romantic story of the library is, Nicki Leone laments, a decent effort but she feels a better way to tell it would be as a novel, one where the quest for the missing library could be answered in Meeting the Raven King.

Honoring the memory of so many writers’ rejection letters, Lauren Baratz-Logsted decides to turn her snark toward an editor who likes to dish it out herself. The question is: can she take it as well as she gives it? Find out in The Disrespectful Interviewer: Dissing Lynn Price.

Bookmarks are meant to help save books from damage, but as occasional contributor Frank X. Roberts writes, not all bookmarks are good. History, from ancient to modern, is littered with examples of inappropriate items used to save places in Bookmarks and the Abuse of Books.

In this “merry, merry month of May” Lauren Roberts sets out to explore what she can find on her library shelves that shares if nothing else at least the twelfth letter of the alphabet in “M” is for . . .

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2 responses to “Issue of May 9, 2010

  1. Really enjoyed Head in the Clouds. This review read more like a story, and I enjoyed that. I loved the part at the end about the “small five minute” connections that the artist made as he moved from floor to floor.

    • Interestingly, that book leaped on my To Buy list about nine months ago when I was looking through the publisher’s online catalog. But you are right about Lindsay’s column on it being like a story. A story about a story!

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