Sunday, March 31, 2019
Closing Night A Commedy - Czech Film Festival - strange how communism is shifting to Antipodean Landscapes
“I am happy not just for the result but mainly that it is possible not to succumb to populism, to tell the truth, to raise interest without aggressive vocabulary,” Caputova told a crowd of supporters in her acceptance speech.
“Unwrapping the Most Beautiful Gutenberg of Them All" - a single copy required the skin of 170 calves.
New World Literature Today
The Spring issue of (now only quarterly ?) World Literature Today is now online, with a focus on Hong Kong.
Lots of interesting content beyond that too, of course -- and, as always, an extensive book review section
At British Council Voices they have a Q & A withNovelist Hamid Ismailov on storytelling, social media and censorship -- and specifically his novel The Devils' Dance.
Via Book Inq Epilogue I'm pointed to Our Personal Libraries: A Symposium, where the: "National Review asked some writers and collectors to describe their personal libraries" -- including Richard Brookhiser, Joseph Epstein, Otto Penzler, and Terry Teachout.
Always fun to see what kind of libraries people have .....
Literary Hub: “Unwrapping the Most Beautiful Gutenberg of Them All:”….Most scholars believe that Gutenberg produced about 180 copies, and among these, most likely 150 were printed on paper and 30 on animal skin known as vellum. The price of the book when it left the printer’s workshop was believed to be about thirty florins, equivalent to a clerk’s wages for three years. The vellum versions were priced higher, since they were more labor-intensive and expensive to produce—a single copy required the skin of 170 calves.
The world’s happiest countries REVEALED: Finland comes top while South Sudan is the bleakest Daily Mail
Hunt for Gatwick drone saw police blow £400,000 on bungled investigation Metro.co.uk
How to green the world’s deserts and reverse climate change Allan Savory , YouTube (furzy). From 2013
Shipwreck on Nile vindicates Greek historian’s account after 2500 years Ars Technica
Catch them while you can: Messi and Ronaldo will not be around for ever Guardian
A journey to the Disappointment islands BBC
Exclusive: Aztec war sacrifices found in Mexico may point to elusive royal tomb Reuters
Watch: Snake-removal company pulls out 45 rattlesnakes from underneath a Texas house Scroll