From heart-breaking love letters and heart-warming thank you cards, to notes veering on creepy.
Ann Patchett on the Post, in the Post
In an opinion piece in the Washington Post, author and bookseller Ann Patchett offered a somewhat friendly if wary welcome to new Post owner Jeff Bezos…and ended with a bit of bookseller-to-bookseller advice:
“Since it’s safe to assume that Bezos is reading the Post thoroughly these days, let me offer a piece of advice that will benefit us both: Expand the book review offerings. Nothing beats newspaper reviews for selling books. And bookselling, after all, is one of the businesses we’re both in.”
5 Forgotten Grimm’s Fairy Tales
This year is the 200th anniversary of the publication of the Brothers Grimm’s collection of household fairytales. While Jacob and his younger brother Wilhelm weren’t only interested in folklore — they published works on history, ethnography, lexicography, and law — it’s the fairytales that we remember them for, Mental Floss reports.
“For every Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White or Rapunzel, there are literally dozens of much more obscure and certainly more bizarre Grimm fairytales. Like the one about the Mouse, the Bird, and the Sausage. What about these tales didn’t quite capture the imagination the way the others did?”
Top 10 descriptions of food in fiction
From Roald Dahl’s Whipple Scrumptious Fudgemallow Delight to Enid Blyton’s magnificent picnics (with lashings of ginger beer), Guardian children’s fiction prize-longlisted author Katherine Rundell picks her favourite fictional foody descriptions”