— Here’s an article that waxes effusive about digitizing books and making them available on the internet. And here’s a related piece about scanning 19th century works to preserve them and make them more widely available.
— The latest installment of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen gets a disappointing review.
— Would you like to read a review of Umberto Eco’s On Ugliness? Now you can.
— Is the new movie version of Beowulf going to suck? I’m not sure… I saw a preview for it in the theater not too long ago and I think I said “Oh God” and not in a good way. There’s some speculation on it here. Also, some English professors weigh in.
— Simon Armitage has written a new translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.
— Poet Laureate Charles Simic on Oak Park.
— Reviewing reviewers at Pop Matters.
— Ms. has its 35th anniversary. Feministing pulls some interesting statistics.
— Trying to pull a fast one with the title of Memories of My Melancholy Whores didn’t save Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s book from being banned in Iran.
— Here’s an interesting little article about myths.
— And finally, what five books would you take with you to a desert island?