|That's all she wrote: publishes Sept 1|
- With the publication of the fourth in her Naples series, The Story of the Lost Child, the Elena Ferrante craze may now start to die down. I am very much looking forward to reading this myself as I've been waving the Ferrante flag for a long time and at least 10 people have told me they've picked up her works because of my recommendation. Nine out of ten people rave about the books (there's always the odd reader she doesn't connect with: that makes her even more intriguing to me). Electric Lit has a nice study guide for those who might have read the books a while ago and would like a refresher. And Cora Currier at The Millions gives us a tour of other parts of Italy we might enjoy through books for those who won't have had enough after Europa Editions drops The Story of the Lost Child.
- This month the translation journal Words Without Borders focuses their gaze on Indonesia with a number of short stories and poems from this complex, amazing and highly under-represented (in literary terms) island nation.
- A walk through Montreal's charming ruelles vertes in Les Urbanites (website in French) and Kate from Montreal blog follows along, snapping photos the whole way. A great portrait of urban life in a contemporary Montreal summer. I just bought a place in one of these ruelles vertes though it's a big mess right now and I won't be able to move in for a year or two...
- Did you know that David Lynch's classic cult film Wild at Heart was predicted to be a major flop based on test audience reactions? Some 15 other wild facts about the film.
- Walt Whitman's poem "A Noiseless Patient Spider" comes alive through animation.
- Interview with William Styron with Peter Matthiessen and George Plimpton. Two of Styron's books continue to linger at the top of my best reads list: Sophie's Choice and The Confessions of Nat Turner.