I considered going dark today to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act (along with Boing Boing, Reddit and Wikipedia), but I decided not to for two reasons. First, I don’t think little sites like Litkicks will make much impact at all by going dark. You’ve got to be pretty huge to pull something like this off effectively. Second, my favorite President has already signaled that he will veto the bad bill, so I’ll save my protest for the next good cause. And here are some literary links, many of which seem to revolve around the classics:
1. We were with her a quarter of an hour before Eliz. & Louisa, hot from Mrs Baskerville’s Shop, walked in; — they were soon followed by the Carriage, & another five minutes brought Mr Moore himself, just returned from his morn’g ride. Well! — & what do I think of Mr Moore? — I will not pretend in one meeting to dislike him, whatever Mary may say; but I can honestly assure her that I saw nothing in him to admire. — His manners, as you have always said, are gentlemanlike — but by no means winning. Most of the letters in the new collection by the genius of Steventon, England, Jane Austen, are not this juicy, but the mundanity of the writer’s daily routine is also valuable to read about, and the sickness-to-death letters towards the end are quietly, tragically moving. Jane Austen’s Letters, the Fourth Edition, edited by Deirdre Le Faye.
2. James Franco, who was pretty good as Allen Ginsberg in Howl, has made another film based on the life of a 20th Century poet: The Broken Tower, about Hart Crane. Slate isn’t impressed, but I’ll give it a chance.
3. Ezra Pound’s daughter Mary De Rachewitz is trying to make sense of her father’s fascist past while protesting an Italian neo-fascist party that has attempted to adopt his name.
4. Undead is a brisk exploration into the life and meaning of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, with an emphasis on Stoker’s Irish roots (Irophile Frank Delaney’s specialty) as manifested in the groundbreaking Gothic tale.
5. The Quixotic Search for Cervantes’s Bones, by Kristopher Jansma
6. If I had time I’d read Ben Jonson: A Life by Ian Donaldson, a thick new biography, if nothing else than for the context into the Guy Fawkes gunpowder plot of 1605 which he was at one time implicated in. Alas, I have too many other books to read, but maybe you’ll enjoy it.
7. Katharine Weber does yoga.
8. Forgotten Writers: The Novels of John P. Marquand. Never heard of the guy. Which I guess is the whole point of “Forgotten Writers”.
9. Henry Miller & Anais Nin Share Dream Diary Advice. The title says it all.
12. Alan Moore is featured in V for Vendetta: The Man Behind The Mask.
13. A Baltimore, Maryland theater group called the Mobtown Players are putting on Jean-Paul Sartre’s No Exit (a favorite play of mine, which should be revived more often).
14. Orhan Pamuk and Kiran Desai make a very nice couple.
15. Book Boroughing is a new literary events listing site for New York City.
It’s not dark yet. But it’s getting there.