Bibliolexicon, A Passion for Books (x)
‘tsundoku’ - the Japanese word for buying books & not reading them, leaving them to pile up.
Received my ARC today. This looks like an excellent collection.
Stories include selections from Neil Gaiman, Diana Wynne Jones, E. Nesbit, Peter S. Beagle, and some other classic authors, but there are also stories by Nalo Hopkinson, Megan Kurashige, Nnedi Okorafor, and E. Lily Yu. The only way I could possibly be more excited to read this would be if there was also an N.K. Jemisin story.
While the male authors picked are all white dudes, I actually kind of like the way that works out. Many of the stories by men in this collection are by guys who are dead, and if this was someone’s only exposure to fantasy I think one would have to draw the conclusion that white men are the history of the genre and that the future of fantasy storytelling is represented by a fairly diverse group of women.
I’m really proud of this collection. And I don’t think that would be a particularly wrong-headed conclusion, either.
Puzzled to learn that Samuel R. Delany, aka Chip Delany to his friends, whose story ‘Prismatica’ I reprint in Unnatural Creatures for the first time in 35 years, is now thought of as a white dude, though. He does have a long white beard.
This is what Chip Delany looked like before he had a long white beard:
7 Great quotes about libraries on photos of beautiful libraries
With libraries around the world in danger of extinction, Flavorwire posted a series of great quotes about libraries from famous writers. I decided to pair them with some of the world’s most beautiful libraries. You’re welcome;
- Trinity College Library - University of Dublin
- University Club Library – New York City
- Admont Abbey Library – Austria
- Real Gabinete Português de Leitura – Rio de Janeiro
- Suzzalo Library at the University of Washington – Seattle
- Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
- Canadian Library of Parliament – Ottawa
Click on the photo to see it full size. Support your local library, kids.
This is a wonderful set. I wish United States-based public library administrators and zeitgeist-setters would pay special attention to the Bradbury and Twain quotes. The dumbing-down and de-archiving of public library collections in this country is making it harder for someone to use the library to give themselves an education in anything beyond pop culture, current news, and what it takes to be a good employee (not a good thinker, or a good person, or a good citizen), and is rapidly eroding our collective memory.
the public can’t even go into the canadian library of parliament.
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