Why ‘medalling’ and ‘summering’ are so annoying. People have been turning nouns into verbs for centuries – so why does it grate so much? Brandon Ambrosino takes a look.
On trashy novels:
In Defense of Trash. Why Pleasures Should Never Be Guilty, From Valley of the Dolls to Bonkbusters.
11 Books Inspired by Shakespeare.
I have only read one of these (The Daughter of Time), but The Story of Edgar Sawtelle and A Thousand Acres are on my "read when I have the time" list.
The art of illustrating your own books:
The Lost Art of Custom-Illustrating Your Favorite Books. On Grangerizing, the 19th-Century DIY Craze.
And, finally, a video:
8 Writers on Facing the Blank Page from Louisiana Channel on Vimeo.