- Link the first relates to Terry Pratchett's Discworld, specifically to the resograph, the "thingness-writer" in Moving Pictures that measured disturbances in reality. It was made from a large vase and expelled steel balls from an aperture in the direction of the disturbance. It has a Roundworld counterpart, an ancient Chinese seismometer.
- Link the second is about cliches in covers of books about Africa: The Dangers of a Single Book Cover: The Acacia Tree Meme and “African literature”.
- Link the third is about a bit of literary history. Whatever you might think of the writings of the Marquis de Sade, his story and that of his books is fascinating:‘The most impure tale ever written’: how The 120 Days of Sodom became a ‘classic’.
- Link three-and-a-half relates to the previous link: Translating the Marquis de Sade's most obscene work: 'We had a duty to be just as rude, crude, and revolting as Sade'.
- Link the fourth is all about bookshops. Fictional ones to be exact:10 Fictional Bookstores We Wish We Could Shop In, Because Flourish And Blott's Is Too Magical To Not Exist.
- Link the fifth is about 7 Reasons We Need Travel Guidebooks and Apps for Women Now.
I definitely agree with this. Sometimes some - but never all - of the information she wants is in the guidebooks, but buried somewhere in text about something else.
Today's book list:
10 Books to Know and Celebrate Leonard Cohen. I didn't cry over Bowie or Prince, but I came close with Leonard Cohen. I have loved his music for years and can always find a song in his song catalogue for any mood I'm in.
In honour of Cohen, here's a video related to the last link - a live performance of his tour de force prophetic song, The Future:
That's enough for today.
Thanks for stopping by, and happy reading!