There is a certain joy to falling down the rabbit hole. Readers of Where You Are, the latest project from Visual Editions, are taken down paths that seem to infinitely bend and twist. The digital book acts as an atlas to creativity and technical innovation that also celebrates the traditions of mapmaking and visual storytelling.
“Have you ever considered how a secret opens dimensionality in a person–how duplicity is always the intentional pushing back of a flat wall so that it becomes the back wall of a room? Because a secret must have a place to reside, a place where it is kept, and that place cannot be on the surface; it must be a pushed-back place, spacious enough for a secret to disappear, spacious enough for intimacy to enter, even if only the intimacy of how one holds a secret.”
Maggie Nelson, Paul Harding, Anne Carson, Roberto Bolaño–all writers who have won PEN Literary Awards. Now is the time to join the ranks of these illustrious storytellers. PEN is currently accepting submissions from all writers for the 2014 PEN Literary Awards. But hurry! The deadline is December 16th. PEN awards over $150,000 in awards for debut novels and works of fiction, poetry, translation, biography, essays, children’s books, and science and sports writing.
Manil Suri won this year’s Bad Sex Award for his novel The City of Devi. The offending scene takes the reader away from the actual sex and sends them on an intergalactic sojourn that’s more quantum physics than physical:
Earlier this year book nerds the world over were positively smug with news that confirmed literature is actually, scientifically, empirically good for you. And now, according to a report at Fast Company, it seems art also has the power to make you a better person, too.
Look at the title of this book: Nothing. Look at the photo of Nothing’s young author, Anne Marie Wirth Cauchon, clad in a black dress, eyes hidden behind sunglasses, hand on her hip—read this book, she seems to be saying, or, you know, like, whatever. Check out the first sentence: “Freak.” Read the first page, with its chain-smoking heroine, Ruth, heading to a party and feeling blasé about it. Oh, and see that Lou Reed …
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a book lover in possession of $7 must buy these Jane Austen tattoos.