On the flight over to Vancouver I finally get some proper reading done. Takeoff is at 6:50 which means waking at an ungodly 4:30 in the morning for reasons best left to the marginalia, but I scorch through the back two thirds of Divisadero as we gallop over the Rockies. It’s a maddening, enthralling read. I don’t twig to the fact that it will be less of a story than a meta-narrative about how narratives reverberate until it’s too late; I’m invested in the lives of Anna, Coop and Claire right up till they land on an unspecified dead end and the novel jumps fifty years backwards in time and recounts the story of a writer in France before and during the war, and – in the style of an Ondaatje story – the single incandescent love of his life, and how he nearly never noticed he had one.Read more
The brief is to travel with our channel forum roadshow, gathering video for use in unspecified later projects, and growing our twitter mindshare across the country. The latter is the sort of thing I should theoretically be able to accomplish, Oracle-like, from a bank of computers at the head office, but the former requires feet on the street, so I’m off to Montreal on the quick hop from Billy Bishop, bright and early on the first Thursday of April. I’m reading Michael Ondaatje’s Divisadero, though I admittedly make a bit of a hash of my reading, given that the plane is already descending by the time it is halfway in the air, and the extraneous ferry ride from Toronto to the Island airport seems longer than the flight itself.Read more
The Chapters at Richmond & John is closing, and everyone is very sad about it. I am very sad about it. This is a marker of how far we’ve come: when big box book stores like the Chapters at Richmond & John were driving the independent sellers like Pages out of business, we couldn’t stand the fucking places; now that they, too, are falling beneath the swords of the internet age, we’re all unbridled in our fury. Well, here we are.Read more
"10 books that have stayed with you" - bookporn
From top to bottom Heart of Darkness, The Merchant of Venice, A Christmas Carol, The White Hotel, His Dark Materials, The Chronicles of Narnia (I’m extra cheating here), Easy Riders Raging Bulls, Frankenstein, In the Skin of a Lion, From Hell, and Where the Wild Things Are. That’s actually 19. 19’s my lucky number.
One of the secret doors of the Stift Admont library, Austria.
I would like this library please
Wonderful McQuarrie painting of two Death Stars in construction over Had Abaddon. From The Making of Return of the Jedi.
The cashword is: librocubicularist
Ian Fleming’s 007 spy novels aren’t just some of the most fun stories in the entire genre, they also sport some outstanding book covers. So for reference and for your eyes only (yuk yuk), here is a gallery of every original Ian Fleming James Bond novel book cover, 14 in all. They were all published in Britain by Jonathan Cape between April 1953 and June 1966. The last two books were published after Fleming’s death in August 1964.
This would be an excellent collection to have on my bookshelf.
Swoon. In an odd bit of timing, I picked up 3 of the Flemings in ’60s paperback this week.