Booklicious: Friday Bookmarks

February 12, 2010


*Let's go straight to the good stuff, shall we? What do Narnia and LOST have in common? Find out here. Want to prep for next week's episode of the show and find out what literary references to look out for? Check out the ever-trusty GalleyCat.

*Speaking of happy reading, a brilliant soul has set up a book-swapping scheme on one of the London train lines. The waiting room at Wimbledon Station has been stocked with a variety of titles for commuters to borrow and return, although, unfortunately, people seem to be doing more of the former than the latter.  

*The University of Chicago is a pretty standard academic press, churning out sedate, unassuming releases. Or, at least, it was, until it printed a book called Manhood: The Rise and Fall of the Penis with an apt cover image.

*The namesake of McSweeney's, Dave Eggers' literary journal, has died aged 67. Timothy Sweeney was a former studio art teacher at Rutgers who suffered from mental illness, and during his periods of hospitalization sent letters to various strangers across the U.S., one of whom was Eggers' mother. Read the full story on the McSweeney's site.

*This takes geekdom to a whole new thrilling level: Neil Gaiman has confirmed he's writing an episode of Dr. Who, which is to air in about 14 months. Set your DVR now.

*Yoga and a book reading? Only in L.A.  

*E-readers are on a roll; the British Library is making more than 65,000 19th-century works available as free e-books to Kindle owners this spring.


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