May 26, 2018
Happy Saturday! Happy Memorial Day weekend! Happy OH MY GOD DISCOUNTED BOOKS!
by Melville House
Happy Saturday, folks. Happy Memorial Day weekend. Happy whatever’s getting you through.
And whatever is getting you through, we’d like to add one thing to the list: for the holiday, and through Monday, we’re offering an additional twenty percent off our already discounted prices on every new book we’ve published in 2018. All of ’em. If it wasn’t in print on 12/31/17, and it is now, and there’s a little blue house on the spine—BOOM!—you can get it for a total of forty percent off until Tuesday morning. Here’s the magnificent dozen. The discount has already been applied. Go crazy.
That’s not all we’ve been up to this week, of course — it’s been as busy a time as ever, and we’ve got the bloggage to show for it:
- Michael Barron dared to ask: who exactly is Olga Tokarczuk (other than the Polish author whose book Flights won the Man Book International Prize this week)?
- Peter Clark stood up for Ged, the wizard protagonist of Ursula K. Le Guin’s beloved Earthsea series, finally being portrayed the way he was always written: as a person of color.
- Tom Clayton was out visiting the new Cutlery Barn on 34th Street. We look forward to his return next week.
- Stephanie DeLuca brought news of New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s forthcoming kids’ book.
- Ian Dreiblatt reported on a raid police in Berlin have made on the well-known Kalabal!k anarchist library.
- Nikki Griffiths got a little distracted listening to the weather. We expect her back soon.
- Ryan Harrington checked out the big book currently being hawked by the president of China.
- Alex Primiani got awfully excited about Kristen Stewart’s forthcoming adaptation of Lidia Yuknavitch’s memoir, The Chronology of Water.
- Suesan Rella wrote how just because the president’s a Dummy, so now why his staff also Try to sound Stupid when tweting, so it can match the tones.
- Simon Reichley noted that, outside the Tehran International Book Fair, some uncensored voices of Persian diaspora were making themselves heard.
- Taylor Sperry wrote about the politicians who aren’t showing up for the survivors of the Santa Fe High School shooting — and the booksellers who are.
We were also exceptionally happy to publish:
- This Q&A with the amazing Seth Hettena, author of Trump / Russia: A Definitive History, to ask what the recent deal struck between Robert Mueller’s team and Evgeny “Taxi King” Freidman means for Michael Cohen, Donald Trump, and, indeed, all of us. “Q: Freidman was reportedly facing up to 125 years on five felony charges. He’s getting off with a $50,000 fine and five years’ probation. What does this suggest to you? A: It says that Freidman knows a lot. It’s a sweetheart deal. Prosecutors are clearly expecting that Friedman will provide them with substantial information.” Read the whole thing here.
As ever, there were a couple stories we just didn’t get to this week:
- Well, there’s clearly a lot to say about it—and we’ll have more to say—but, as there’s good chance you’ve already heard, legendary novelist Philip Roth has died, at the age of eighty-five. Roth’s legacy is huge and complex — one of the most respected, prolific, and recognized authors in American history, in later years he saw his reputation complicated by allegations of myosgyny. We’ve written about Roth many times — most recently, teasing him over his rumored, annual expectation that he might win the Nobel Prize any minute. Less whimsically, we also recently featured a look by Campus Confidential author—and Philip Roth Studies editor—Jacques Berlinerblau at how Roth comes across on Lena Dunham’s Girls. While he never did clinch the Nobel, Roth’s many honors included two National Book Awards, two National Book Critics Circle Awards, three PEN/Faulkner Awards, a PEN/Saul Bellow Award, a lifetime Man Booker, a Pulitzer, a National Humanities Medal, a Franz Kafka Prize, a Hadada Prize from the Paris Review, the Prix Médicis, a James Fenimore Cooper Prize, and—perhaps, one imagines, most meaningfully to him—a street named for him in his beloved native Newark.
- Anne Frank, the Dutch teen whose diary, published after her death at the hands of the Nazis, has made her one of the twentieth century’s most beloved (and read) authors, had a good sense of raunch! Scholars have used scanning technology to uncover dirty jokes Frank scrawled into her diary and later covered up , in the manner of healthy, curious teens since time immemorial. “They bring us even closer to the girl and the writer Anne Frank,” said Anne Frank House Museum director Ronald Leopold.
- Some parents in New Jersey’s Watchung Hills school district are raising concerns over the inclusion of Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home in Honors English curricula. Reportedly, the parents’ children continue, regardless of what they’re reading in school, to think about sex at least as often as Anne Frank—and every other person who’s ever been a teenager—did.
- Reese Witherspoon has a posse, and that posse is called Reese’s Book Club. Now, she’s teaming up with Audible—owned *cough cough* by Amazon *cough cough*—“to provide a fun way to listen to beautiful stories in your free time, whether it’s enjoying a book in the car or on a morning walk.”
- Millennials love print, love e-books less. Who knew?
And finally, it is Saturday, and you are surely expecting your cartoon. Here it is! As spring is, at long last, springing, perhaps a viewing of Amadee Van Beuren’s 1935 classic The Sunshine Makers is in order. Hail his majesty the sun!
And there you have it! Stay safe around the grill, keep your best swimmin’ holes secret, buy discounted books!, and we’ll see you back here on Tuesday morning.