1. How delightful to learn that James Joyce may have invented the word ‘blog’ during a typical conversational ramble in Finnegans Wake! Here it is in context:
Now from Gunner Shotland to Guinness Scenography. Come to the ballay at the Tailors’ Hall. We mean to be mellay on the Mailers’ Mall. And leap, rink and make follay till the Gaelers’ Gall. Awake ! Come, a wake ! Every old skin in the leather world, infect the whole stock company of the old house of the Leaking Barrel, was thomistically drunk, two by two, lairking o’ tootlers with tombours a’beggars, the blog and turfs and the brandywine bankrompers, trou Normend fashion, I have been told down to the bank lean clorks? Some nasty blunt clubs were being operated after the tradition of a wellesleyan bottle riot act and a few plates were being shied about and tumblers bearing traces of fresh porter rolling around, independent of that, for the ehren of Fyn’s Insul, and then followed that wapping breakfast at the Heaven and Covenant, with Rodey O’echolowing how his breadcost on the voters would be a comeback for e’er a one, like the depredations of Scandalknivery, in and on usedtowobble sloops off cloasts, eh? Would that be a talltale too? This was the grandsire Orther. This was his innwhite horse. Sip?
Enough puns for you there? I assume that “blog” is a play on “bog” (and in fact the word “blog” has always seemed to carry an appealing sort of Joycean phlegmatic physicality). Pictured above: an Irish peat bog.
4. A new edition of Richard Hell’s early book The Voidoid, featuring new artwork by Kier Cooke Sandvik.
5. Alfred Leslie was a Cool Man in a Golden Age
6. Shared Worlds is a creative writing summer program at Wofford College in South Carolina, featuring guidance by the likes of Jeff Vandermeer, who has asked five writers to describe their ideal fantasy/science-fiction real-life city.
7. Always a favorite topic around here: Chad Post on paperback, hardcover and paper-over-board book formats.
8. Bolano’s Savage Detectives visualized.
10. Marion Winik on the pitfalls of writing a memoir. Hmmm ….
11. I totally agree with Ed Champion about the joys of Nicholson Baker.