Category Archives: Dark Corners of the Book-Related Internet

Preserving Less of the World’s Literature

Peter Brantley -- July 30th, 2013

Miners in a tunnelThe rapid development of online publishing has been a boon for advancing access to literature and science. At the same time, it portends a dramatic lessening of the currently-legislated ability for national libraries with preservation and access mandates to record and store national and world literatures. There are at least two principal axes to this concern: independently published literature, and the growing wealth of alternative direct-to-web publishing channels. Continue reading

Dark Corners of the Book-Related Internet III

Gabe Habash -- December 10th, 2012

Welcome to Dark Corners of the Book-Related Internet, where we distill hours of book-related internet searching into 5 little tidbits we think you’ll love. Have a good week, everyone! And be sure to see previous bookish finds here and here.

1. One of the best articles you’ll read about the link between writers and suicide.

2. Everyone knows Bloomsday is June 16, but what day is Earwickerday, the day on which the events of Finnegans Wake take place? One man has figured it out…using European football records.

3. A partial inventory of Flaubert’s personal effects.

4. A great examination of paranoia through the lens of DeLillo, Pynchon, and Wallace that makes you want to parse (or re-parse) Lot 49, White Noise, and Infinite Jest and ask yourself: Yes, I’m paranoid–but am I paranoid enough?

5. The most hypnotic book you’ll ever see.

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Dark Corners of the Book-Related Internet II

Gabe Habash -- August 27th, 2012

Welcome to Dark Corners of the Book-Related Internet, where we distill hours of book-related internet searching into 5 little tidbits we think you’ll love. Have a good week, everyone.

1. The half-done annotation to Nabokov’s most allusive work, Ada. In other words, it’s almost more frustrating that the great Brian Boyd annotated only half of the Nabokov novel that most begs for an annotation.

2. This amazing essay about a writer’s envy of the success of her writer boyfriend (who also happens to be a certain someone you probably know).

3. Can you name the poets who wrote the 20 most anthologized English-language poems? (and if you don’t feel like playing the game, here are the 20 most anthologized poems)

4. Rosecrans Baldwin on the thing that every single writer does.

5. Everyone probably already saw this cute kid reciting Billy Collins by memory, but it’s worth watching again because it’s a cute kid reciting Billy Collins by memory:

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Dark Corners of the Book-Related Internet

Gabe Habash -- July 23rd, 2012

Welcome to Dark Corners of the Book-Related Internet, where we distill hours of book-related internet searching into 5 little tidbits we think you’ll love. Have a good week, everyone.

1. This Tumblr, because it’s like finding the log of a ship that went down.

2. This video:

3. Frank Delany’s RE:JOYCE, a 22-year project parsing Joyce’s Ulysses.

4. Underground New York Public Library, because every time you see someone reading a book you loved, you get excited on their behalf.

5. This Nabokov interview, if only because of the quote, “My characters are galley slaves.”