Compiled in 1909 by Harvard’s president Charles W. Eliot and called at first Dr. Eliot’s Five Foot Shelf, the compendium of literature, philosophy, and the sciences, writes Adam Kirsch in Harvard Magazine, served as a 'monument from a more humane and confident time' (or so its upper classes believed), and a 'time capsule…. In 50 volumes'.
The Lovecraft Bar in New York looks like the perfect place to eat, drink and discuss all things Cthulhu. The eldritch interior design and artwork was created by artist Benjamin Enzfelder, and he has certainly given the bar a great Lovecraftian atmosphere.
'There’s more to life than books, you know', Morrissey once sang, 'but not much more'. It’s the reason musicians, least of all Moz, with his nods to Keats, Yates and co, have always looked to novelists and poets for inspiration.
Those who love Brazilian literature have been in mourning for the past five days. Three great authors died in such a short span of time, leaving behind a legacy that will keep their memory alive for generations of readers in Brazil and abroad.
In October Rizzoli will be republishing what is regarded by many to be the strangest book in the world, the Codex Seraphinianus. The book is just so damned strange that it has accumulated a veritable industry of speculation about its meaning, deeper origins, and whether the language in which it is written actually has any syntax or not.
Not a lot of writers ever attained a badass quotient as high as Henry Miller did in Paris in the 1930s. He was a Whitmanesque American novelist in the international center of high art, writing scandalous books about sex and having plenty of sex with Anaïs Nin. And unlike the works of the 'hordes of shrieking poseurs' populating Montparnasse at the time (to quote Orwell), his books are very good.
Whether you need a 500-page novel that’s going to jolt your brain back into gear before lectures begin, or some short stories for the beach: this list of old and new works will keep you entertained over the holidays.