|Liotard exhibition in Edinburgh
- Brooklyn Book Fair opens on September 20 and its schedule is now available. I've never managed to make it to this Festival nor will I this year. It's been a year of traveling and several more trips coming up so I took a pass from Brooklyn though several people I know will be there. I'd love to see this panel with Mario Bellatin (who was slated to be at our Festival in 2015 but couldn't get a visa in the end) and this one with Guadalupe Nettel and Alejandro Zambra (both of whom we've been trying to get for a few years now). Also on their schedule is Pico Iyer, Edwidge Danticatt, Andres Neumann (another dream writer we'd love to have), Francine Prose, and many others. OK I've got to put Brooklyn on my list for next year...
- Slate considers the benefits and beauty of memorizing poems. Personally, I've several poems that constantly float around in my brain that I memorized when I was much younger. I don't know if it has benefitted me but I sure love that lines of poetry occasionally play in my head at random times during my life.
- NYRB writes about an exhibition in Edinburgh on the work of Jean-Étienne Liotard.
- The literature video series Between the Pages looks at language writers including Julie Barlow, Jean-Benoit Nadeau and Gazette columnist Celine Cooper. Barlow and Nadeau wrote The Story of Spanish which I found to be fascinating. The conversation is a brilliant one.
- It's official: Henry VIII was the worst monarch according to the Historical Writers Association. Beheading wives is not looked fondly upon by historians today, go figure.
- Science of Us asks if reading literature really makes you smarter, better or more empathetic.
|Henry VIII: it's official