Your week in books #5

  • Those dirty Georgian era publishers! Turns out that the book “The Works of the Earls of Rochester and Roscommon” — which ran to 20 editions — was so popular back in those days only partly because of the “serious” poetry within. An Oxford researcher has discovered that pubslihers bound at the back of the 1714 edition three poems centering on dildos. Sex still sells, in whatever era. (Source)
  • While 18th century men apparently suffered from “dildo envy”, it would appear that today’s male writers have nothing to worry about. A new study from the US reveals that leading literary magazines focus their review coverage on books written by men, and commission more men than women to write about them. (Source)
  • Check out this interesting story from The Paris Review about a 33-year-old J.D. Salinger asking a girl to drop everything in her life to be with him. (Source)
  • Everyone knows I’m not really a big fan of e-book readers, but it really does look like that is where reading is headed. The New York Times is saying that more and more younger readers are starting to get into these things. (Source)

Finally, check out this video on how to make your own interactive comic.

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