~ G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy
In movie after movie, people merely ran away from the stampeding monster, and no one tried to face up to the issue of accountability ...
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Little Free Libraries are proliferating around the world – Take a Book – Leave a Book. Here in America these libraries can found in gardens, on homeowners front lawns, in coffee shops, on outdoor trails – they are sponsored by individuals and groups whose goal is to promote literacy, to provide free reading material to children and adults and to keep books in circulation that would otherwise end up in the dump. The Little Free Libraries themselves are hand built by individuals and groups – as team, school, group or individual projects. There are many resources available to learn how to build a Little Free Library – and also a searchable World Map of Registered Free Libraries that provides a plethora of information on the history of Little Free Libraries, associated regulations and charters, locations, building ideas, free signage and books labels, and stories on how to establish, maintain and communicate about the libraries.
- See also this related article from The Atlantic – The Danger of Being Neighborly Without a Permit
- The Open Book shop in Scotland’s ‘national book town’ of Wigtown has been listed on room-letting website AirBnB offering wordy holidaymakers the chance to work a 40-hour week selling books and customising the store with their ‘own stamp’.” The Independent (UK)
14 Years After 9/11, the War on Terror Is Accomplishing Everything bin Laden Hoped It Would The Nation. 14 years ago today America was attacked by 0 Iraqis and 0 Afghans and 0 Iranians….
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Claire Messud on Elena Ferrante in the FT:
…the novelist remains true to her broadest undertaking: to write, with as much honesty as possible, the unadorned emotional truths of Elena Greco’s life, from timid peasant schoolgirl to respected literary icon, riven always between her origins and her ambitions, between her intellectual pursuits, her romantic desires, and her maternal responsibilities — always with Lila as her fractured mirror.Here is a good review of Ferrante from The Economist. As I’ve been saying for a while, this is one of the important literary projects over the last decade or more. And of course we still don’t know who Elena Ferrante really is, her (his?) true identity remains a secret. And here is the new Vanity Fair interview with Ferrante.
I’ve pressed Ferrante’s novels on friends with mixed results. Some fall upon the books with a familiar eagerness, but by no means all: one woman said, of My Brilliant Friend, “How’s it different from Judy Blume? Just girls getting their periods.” But I end up thinking that the people who don’t see Ferrante’s genius are those who can’t face her uncomfortable truths: that women’s friendships are as much about hatred as love; that our projections determine our stories as much as does any fact; that we carry our origins, indelibly, to our graves. To imbue fiction with the undiluted energy of life — to make of it not just words upon a page but a visceral force — is the greatest artistic achievement, worth more than any pretty sentences: Ferrante has done this, if not perfectly, then with a rare brilliance.
Is there too much cream cheese on your bagel for the same reason the air conditioning is too cold?