- Most of you guts probably already know this, but there is a “The Great Gatsby” game on the Internet made to look like an old NES/Family Computer game. I haven’t actually read “The Great Gatsby” yet, but the game sure does make me want to do so! (Source)
- Apparently, there is also a video game version of Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot floating around on the Internet. (Source)
- And while we’re on this video game vein, I liked this short essay about the possibility of having established writers penning the scripts for video games. While most of my video-gaming has been limited to various iterations “The Legend of Zelda” — coincidentally, Zelda was also the name of the wife of “The Great Gatsby” author F. Scott Fitzgerald — I would like to see what a game penned by a writer would be like. (Source)
- Related to previous bullet point: Apparently, Alex Garland has already penned a video game for the XBox 360 and the PS3. (Source)
- I don’t particularly like writing on books, but I do admit that I did love reading the notes on the margins of some of the books I borrowed from the university library. But with more people going the digital route, The New York Times wonders if writing in the margins…will fall of the margins? Yes, I make myself laugh. (Source)
- Finally, I really like this essay on the cultural revolution happening alongside Egypt’s newfound democracy. (Source)
- Margaret K. McElderry, publisher of such young adult books like Susan Cooper’s “The Dark Is Rising” series, died on Valentine’s Day at her Manhattan home. She was 98 years old. (Source)
- They’re going to make a TV film of J.K. Rowling’s life. I don’t know how to feel about that. (Source)
- Children’s authors over at the United Kingdom are crying foul over Martin Amis’ remarks that “only a brain injury” could make him write for children. (Source)
- Meanwhile, Michael Gondry says he will be adapting Philip K. Dick’s novel “Ubik” into a feature film. I haven’t read Dick (heh) before, but the comments section seems to think that Gondry would be a good fit for the adaptation. (Source)
- A Roberto Bolano novel will be serialized in the Paris Review starting this spring. (Source)
- This is the first time I’ve heard about this. Apparently, there’s a book called the “Voynich Manuscript” that’s filled with “alien” code that has mystified scientists for decades. The farthest they’ve ever gone with making some sense of the thing is carbon dating it. The manuscript appears to be older than the Gutenberg bible, the first book to be printed with modern presses. (Source)
- Finally, have a look at the new New York Times Bestsellers List, now with a separate list for e-books. (Source)
- 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.
Egypt has been on everybody’s mind, and deservedly so. As the country descends into chaos and we hear about ancient artifacts being desecrated, it’s nice to see that there are still people who still value books and knowledge despite all of this and are banding together to protect the Library of Alexandria. (Source)
- Everyone knows I’m a Tolkien fan, so I found this project really fascinating. Apparently, Russian scientist Kirill Yeskov went and rewrote Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings” in “real-world” terms, telling the point of view of Mordor this time around. Fifteen years after he first started working on it, a fan named Yisroel Markov translates it into English. (Source)
- Finally, e-books. I don’t think I can ever fully get into it, but the New York Times definitely is. (Source)
I’ve had a busy week, so apologies for not being able to put up your weekly installment of “Your Week in Books” yesterday. Here it is now!
- Aside from being the author of “Lolita“, Vladimir Nabokov was also an avid collector of butterflies. It appears that way back in 1945, he had come up with a hypothesis that a specific species of butterflies migrated from Asia to the New World, which professional lepidopterists dismissed. Turns out he was right, after all. (Source)
- The University of East Anglia (UEA) has been given 50 letters written by J.D. Salinger to his friend Donald Hartog. The UEA website doesn’t say what exactly are in those letters, but Mediabistro says it reveals that Salinger liked Burger King and Tim Henman. Okay. (Source)
- Haruki Murakami’s new novel, “1Q84”, will come out in October. Paul Bogaards is Knopf’s publicity director. (Source)
- For those interested in how books get made, check out how the University of Iowa Libraries bound together a 10,000 page poetry book written by David Morice. (Source)
I’m also hoping to finish “I Am Number Four” later today and have a review up by the evening, so watch out for that one!
Here’s the weekly roundup of book news for this week!
- Of course, the big news this week is Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi getting an interview on the Today Show while Newberry and Caldecott medalists Claire Vanderpool and Erin Stead get snubbed. According to the people behind the Newberry and Caldecott awards, they had pitched a segment with the two authors on the Today Show but was declined because of a “lack of interest and scheduling problems”. (Source)
- Author Ian McEwan is getting a lot of flak for agreeing to accept the Jerusalem Award, which is given by a book fair in Israel biennially. Supporters of Palestinian independence are saying that accepting the award amounts to supporting the current Israeli government, while McEwan says that that is hardly the case. Previous winners of the prize include Bertrand Russell, Simone de Beauvoir, JM Coetzee and Mario Vargas Llosa. That’s not a bad bunch. (Source)
- Apparently there is now a thing called a vook? Vook stands for “video book”, which are two concepts that are really not gelling in my mind. Is it still a book if you’re watching it and not reading it? My head hurts. (Source)
Finally, take a look at the Prince William and Kate Middleton series of comic books. It’s going to be made up of “William Windsor: A Very Public Prince” and “Kate Middleton: A Very Private Princess“. That’s all well and good, but Prince Harry is the one whose story I’d like to find out more of. (Source)
Here’s what I hope will be a weekly roundup of book events and news happening all over the world.
- THE NEWBERRY AWARDS were given out several days ago, with the prize going to debut novelist Clare Vanderpool for her work “Moon Over Manifest“. However, the book that caught my interest was Brian Katcher’s “Almost Perfect“, which won this year’s Stonewall’s Children and Young Adult Literature Award. It’s about a high school senior who finds himself attracted to someone transition from male to female, and I have to say that aside from Julie Ann Peters’ “Luna“, this is only the second YA book that I know of that deals with the subject. (Source)
- “60 YEARS LATER: COMING THROUGH THE RYE” is actually going to be published and distributed. If you don’t know what that is, it’s that long-rumored sequel to “The Catcher In The Rye” that J.D. Salinger did not write. In it, a Holden Caulfield rip-off is now geriatric and escapes from a nursing home. I feel like this is going to be horrible…but I wouldn’t mind being given a copy. (Source)
I have all the books in “The Millenium Trilogy“, and one day I will get down to reading all three of them. Someday I will also get around to watching the movie adaptations, but for the meantime I will enjoy looking at Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher’s adaptation of the books. (Source)
- There might be a “Fight Club” musical. (Source)