Understandably, the most-stolen title changes with time:
"It used to be all the beats," said McCormack, of Type Books on Queen Street West. "Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg. Then it became [Vladimir] Nabokov by far -- you couldn't keep Lolita on the shelf."I'm not sure that giving a precise description of the (apparent top) thief's modus operandi is necessarily a good idea in an article like this .....
At Publishing Perspectives Adam Critchley profiles the (in)famous 'literary' agent, in Andrew Wylie's Global Approach to Agenting.
Some of this sounds admirable -- such as:
Many agencies only think about money. But we only look at the quality of the writing. We train people in the agency to forget about money. It's not of interest whether we think a book will sell thousands of copies. Pay attention to the quality of the work. If the writing is unusual, appealing, and drives you a little crazy, then that's someone that we want to represent.
(There's no doubt that the Wylie Agency client list is first-rate (jaw-droppingly so, in fact) -- but let's be serious, 'quality of the work' is not their sole selection-criterion. How else to explain King Abdullah II, Al Gore, the Gates Foundation, and ... the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc. ?)While Wylie admirably seems to take the long perspective with many of his authors, I don't know that his ... patience in holding out for the best deal really serves readers (or even many of the authors/estates) well: there are quite a few on that client list whose works are not nearly as readily available as I would like.
At his Stevereads weblog heavy reader Steve Donoghue has lots of year-end best lists -- and, admirably, some worst-of, too -- and among the early ones he's posted is his Best Books of 2016: Translations ! A nice mix -- including several I still have to get to. So far, four of the titles are under review at the complete review:
- Love Letter in Cuneiform, by Tomáš Zmeškal Prague Spring of 1968 ...
- My Secret Book, by Petrarch
- Stone Tablets, Wojciech Żukrowski
- Voroshilovgrad, by Serhiy Zhadan
The Life of an Unknown Man-author Andreï Makine has claimed his seat -- fauteuil 5, last held by Assia Djebar -- in the Académie française -- and, as some of the reports have it,Russian author slams France while receiving its highest literary honour. (Apparently they only consider him French (enough) when he says nicer things about his adopted homeland -- and language .....)
The article is really only worth checking out for the picture of him wearing the ridiculous club jacket -- and fortunately you can actually read his entire discours -- sort of his acceptance-lecture -- at the official site. Dominique Fernandez's réponse, too.
The Goethe-Wörterbuch -- 'Goethe dictionary' (though surely, in fact, what would be called a 'concordance') -- is an awesome project, given that: "Goethe commanded the biggest ever documented individual lexicon of 93,000 words", and at DeutscheWelle Gero Schliess writes about this undertaking, inGod, Goethe and the mammoth task of compiling his vocabulary.
They're even almost done, apparently ..... Well, everything being relative .....:
It took more than 20 years just to list and evaluate these 93,000 words. But now, an end is in sight. In terms of lexical evaluation, the present team consisting of 17 academics has reached the letters S and T. It is hoped that the project will be completed in 2025. Originally, the researchers had the year 2040 in mind.Great to see it available online, too -- even if, at this time, only through the letter 'M'.
In The Observer they have a fairly extensive selection ofHidden gems of 2016: the best books you may have missed -- always an interesting exercise
- The 2016 Tony's Reading List Awards at Tony's Reading List, which also includes a run-down of the places/languages he read the most from/in, etc.
- An End of year review at The Modern Novel weblog, which includes some of the numbers, as well as lists of his 2016 didn'ts and dids (literarily, internet-related, and otherwise), as well as favorites of the year
- Lizzy's Literary Life offers both This was 2016: Statistics and This was 2016: Books of the Year
- Time's Flow Stemmed simply offers the simple but always welcome: Complete List of Books Read in 2016
- Seeing the World Through Books has a Year-End Report of Most Popular Reviews on this Site for 2016
Links to books by complete review saloon ... 2017-preview pieces