The Clip Show: Part II

December 9, 2009 at 12:00 am 2 comments

After last week’s (in my opinion) excellent “Clip Show,” LT proudly presents another week of internet clip goodness. And by “clip” we mean those paper things your grandmother saved especially for you.

First up, check out this amazing article about the fascinating man, Terry Belanger, who founded Rare Book School up at Columbia. This is a man who cares more about books as a form of technology than he does about them as pieces of nostalgia and if the first paragraph doesn’t leave you literally agape, I despair of you and your purported love of books.

Secondly, don’t forget the Barnes & Noble nook came out this past week (and, apparently, immediately sold out)! So if you’re still considering getting one of these gizmos, the New York Times is here to help with A Holiday Guide to E-Readers. I’ll just be over here muttering about typography and the beauty of the book as a form while you browse.

Thirdly and briefly, an interesting review of Sarah Palin’s latest book from the Opinionator also over at the Times. Worth reading for the first paragraph’s dead-on summary of Strand employees alone.

Lastly, a theme: Twilight! Yeah, I know, enough already with our feminism and our snobbery and our desire for good writing. But, really, take a look at this editorial in the Smith College Sophian about one of the more insidious ways in which Twilight is currently affecting classic literature. We’re not talking about the way Stephanie Meyer is dumbing down expectations or just killing words in general. Instead, this article excellently points out the problems with the rebranding of other novels to appeal to the Twilight set (e.g. giving new, rather Gothic covers to classics like Wuthering Heights and marketing certain novels as “Edward’s favorite!”).

(Along a similar line, don’t forget to take the short-lived Penguin Red series into account when fretting about marketing of classic literature. Here’s Jane Eyre, looking for all the world like a Hallmark mini-series starring Jane Seymour. I weep.)

Also going along with this Twilight theme is a lengthy but really great article in the American Prospect about why people (myself included) are so vehemently opposed to the Twilight books. The article very convincingly argues that it is not because of the relative merits or demerits of the books which have doomed Twilight to the trash heap but because its fanbase is predominantly female. It is a very interesting argument and one which I had not heard before. I’m still not sure if I buy into it (particularly when it comes to the absolutely soul-killing misogyny featured prominently in the books), but it was too well articulated to ignore.

Happy clipping, y’all!

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  • 1. KT  |  December 9, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    NEWS FLASH: JANE EYRE IS UGLY. MR ROCHESTER IS A JERK. IT IS NOT THE ROMANCE NOVEL YOU THINK.

    That being said, I still love Jane Eyre, and Penguin, actually. I just want to clarify the nature of the book.

    Loving this post! And I agree on the “down with this sort of thing” regarding e-readers. Ugh.

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    • 2. Corey  |  December 10, 2009 at 6:07 am

      Thanks for spreading the word about the truth of Jane Eyre! Our readers deserve the truth!

      Don’t you think it is interesting that the industry seems to have purposely stopped calling them “e-books” and now calls them “e-readers”? It’s an interesting distinction. Maybe they’re trying to stop pissing off book-lovers by ceasing to compare their product to a book?

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