David Nickle: Lovecraft's fiction -- and Lovecraftian horror -- depends on the xenophobia that was endemic to Lovecraft's work to the point that without it, many of his stories lose their unique and uniquely profound effect.
A day in the life of New York City's public libraries: Traveling from borough to borough, this short documentary by Julie Dressner and Jesse Hicks reveals just how important the modern library is for millions of people.
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 Japanese author talked writing, heroes, domestic life, dreams and how his life informs his novels at a Guardian book club at the Edinburgh international book festival – and he answered some of your questions.
Continuing the trend of iconic comic books selling for house-in-the-Hamptons levels of cash, a nearly perfect copy of Action Comics No. 1 (aka the first appearance of Superman) sold for a record-breaking $3.2 million last night on eBay.
For fans seeking a more interactive and adorably competitive experience with the author’s novels, an artist has created 'Haruki Murakami Bingo', a tongue-in-cheek 'game' that collects the various idiosyncrasies and recurring elements that have popped up in most of Murakami’s 13 novels and many short stories.
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.