Apr 29, 2010 @ 6:00:00 am
The 1930s Kindle, Allen Lane's Penguincubator
In the 1930s, publisher Allen Lane installed a book-vending machine, the Penguincubator, in places where books were not supposed to be. What can we learn from Lane?
"Tell all the truth but tell it slant," Emily Dickinson wrote, and scholars have been slanting her life-story ever since. Lyndall Gordon tips the familiar Dickinson myths and spills new revelations in Lives Like Loaded Guns: Emily Dickinson and her Family’s Feud. Gordon places Dickinson at the center of a "seething Peyton Place of adultery, betrayal and lifelong feuding," and posits that perhaps Dickinson was epileptic.
Getting over the "Anxiety of Influence" of the Dead Poets' Society.
Pico Iyer on Jan Morris and V. S. Naipaul, two "master portraitists" of place.
Tonight at 7pm, the Melville House bookstore will host a "Future of Book Reportage"
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