“Some people check out books,” Taylor Glascock writes. “Other people check out dudes. Some people do both.”
“Created at the beginning of February 2015, the Instagram account @hotdudesreading has already garnered more than 366,000 followers. In an increasingly technology-driven world, @hotdudesreading takes the path less traveled. It’s the fine fellows with paperbacks, not the e-readers, that get ahead.”
photos courtesy of @hotdudesreading
Sigh. This Clark Kent look-alike seems to have just flown in from Krypton to spend some QT on the F Train with us mere mortals. I may have to pretend to faint so he’ll catch me but I’m going to let him finish the last few pages of 100 Years of Solitude first.”
Abducticon is here!
My first venture into straight SF has been published and is now available online and in some bookstores.
It’s the Friday before a science fiction convention weekend. Hundreds of fans are lined up at the registration desk. The posters for the Media Guests of Honor aren’t done, there’s a problem with the Program Booklet, the Author Guest of Honor has gone AWOL, and the coffee in the Green Room is dreadful
When ConCon member Dave Lorne realizes the whole hotel is lifting off the ground after a silver sheened man enters something on a strange tablet, he blurts out,
“Put us back!”
The silver man looks at him with a curiously cocked head and says with something like regret,
“I can’t do that, Dave.”
Moments later, programming chair Xander steps out on a balcony, sees the ocean far below, and says quietly to his companions,
“Houston, we have a problem.”
The fan-filled hotel has been kidnapped by time traveling androids and taken for a jaunt around the Moon while they search for their roots. At least something is going right.
Welcome to AbductiCon.
A hilarious and metaphysical novel of SF fandom, the convention culture, and the treasured tropes of science fiction.
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Also available at most online vendors and some bookstores
Jane Austen in quotes
Who needs modern self-help gurus when a 19th-century novelist had it all worked out?
It’s no longer universally acknowledged that “a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife”, but many of Jane Austen’s thoughts on love, relationships, class, clothes and even the joys of nature are amazingly relevant to modern life, Marta Bausells writes in The Guardian. She picks 30 of the best.
“Marriage is indeed a manoeuvring business.” —Mansfield Park (1814)
What’s your favorite Austen quote?
Contending first with the chains and more recently with Amazon, independent booksellers find survival tough but not impossible, Joanna Scutts writes at The Daily Beast, and lately new stores are thriving.
As far as chains go, for example, Caroline Green of Asheville’s Malaprop finds that Barnes & Noble has become a sort of ally. If a title is out of stock, she’ll call them, she says with a shrug. “At least they’re not Amazon.”
9 Radical Books About Motherhood
“The fallacy that motherhood turns previously intelligent, discerning, engaged Female Persons into more or less boring morons,” Elisa Albert writes, “is predicated on another fallacy: that there is a dearth of intelligent, discerning, engaging writing and thinking about motherhood.”
There isn’t, she says in the Huffpost and offers nine books to prove her point.
The Lost Daughter by Elena Ferrante Everything Ferrante writes is worthwhile, but this slender gem hits it so far out of the park you can only squint at the horizon. A middle-aged woman rents a small apartment by the sea in a distant town for the summer. Instead of focusing on her academic work, she becomes obsessed with a young family she sees daily on the beach, which leads to startling recollections of her long-ago life as an extremely stressed young mother. This is one of the most perfect novels I’ve ever read, an experience of absolute narrative perfection. If the ending doesn’t take your breath away (literally, as in GASP), I will eat my placenta in a stew. The intensity and the fearlessness and the utter lack of apology make this a lasting work of genius.
THIS ‘n THAT
When asked to write a brief booklet to accompany the reproduction of a 15th century deck of cards, the author “was tempted by the diabolical idea of conjuring up all the stories that could be contained in a tarot deck.” The narrators of the resulting linked stories—mute from some unknown trauma—tell their tales of love, loss, and adventure using cards rather than words.
At Tor.com, Jedediah Berry examines five …errr strange books
Couple turns 212
Duranord Veillard is 108, his wife, Jeanne 104
Quote of the Day
“I do not want people to be very agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them a great deal.” — Jane Austen, letter
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