Mr. Mercedes is the name of Stephen King’s latest novel that centers around a killer who plows through a crowd in a stolen Mercedes and escapes. The novel is now available as a hardcover, audiobook, and ebook, but, if you’d like a preview before picking it up, we have an excerpt you can read right …
“Hi, I’m Jeff Bezos. I can’t do his hysterical laugh…. Amazon seems out to control shopping in this country. This ultimately will have an effect on every grocery and department store chain and every big box store and ultimately put thousands of mom and pop stores out of business. It sounds like a monopoly to me. Amazon also wants to control bookselling, the book business and book publishing. That’s a national tragedy. If this is the new American way, it has to be changed by law if necessary.”—James Patterson, speaking at the Celebration of Bookselling at BEA yesterday, where he accepted the Indie Champion Award, to a standing ovation from the crowd. (via Shelf Awareness)
i hate it when jane austen novels get slammed or belittled for revolving around marriages
it’s like they’re somehow “less literary” for that
but the conflicts in those novels aren’t “oh no a boy doesn’t like me/the wrong boy likes me”
they’re “i have to choose between a socially necessary marriage and my principles/identity/self-respect and either way the cost is enormous”
when your social worth and identity are defined in relation to your role as a wife and/or mother, of course your marriage is important
would i prefer to see coming-of-age narratives from the late eighteenth/early nineteenth centuries about girls having road-trip adventures and getting lost in big cities and slighting insignificant male love interests? sure
but i don’t devalue the coming-of-age narratives that we actually have from that era
because that would devalue the stories of women who managed to keep their self-respect, their faith, their ambition, their family ties, their heritage while society told them that their identities only mattered in relation to their husband’s
which sounds like great literature to me
This. So much this. Marriage is important in the books, but none of the heroines get married for the sake of getting married. If that was so, Lizzie would have married Mr Collins, or Darcy after his first proposal (and I can’t stress the importance of that first refusal enough), or Catherine would’ve married John Thorpe, or Emma Mr Elton, or… well, you get the point. It’s not about marrying for status, it’s about marrying someone with whom you don’t need to compromise your identity, with whom you can be equal. It’s an important point, and not only in the context of Austen’s own time.
A day in the life of New York City’s public libraries: Traveling from borough to borough, this short documentary by Julie Dressner and Jesse Hicks reveals just how important the modern library is for millions of people.
“It’s still National Library Week. You should be especially nice to a librarian today, or tomorrow. Sometime this week, anyway. Probably the librarians would like tea. Or chocolates. Or a reliable source of funding.”—Neil Gaiman (via ala-con)