Your friendly neighborhood Clip Show
As far as I’m concerned, more clips = more good times, so here are this week’s finest book-related offerings of the web:
First off, we have a rather lengthy interview on the Schott blog at the Times about the death of languages. Not strictly book-related, but definitely a connected topic.
Secondly, an article over at the Chronicle that absolutely cracks me up about Dumbledore as the best academic administrator ever. Heck yeah. The author actually goes through and lists why Dumbledore is such a great administrator in a tone somewhere between dead seriousness and tongue-in-cheek. It’s brilliant.
Thirdly, a great article about how book stealing is on the rise, particularly among malcontent young men with an affinity for Kerouac and Amis. Can I just say “oy” on behalf of humanity?
Fourthly, as we near the end of another decade (something which I can’t believe is already upon us), everyone and their mother is compiling lists of the best books of the ’00s. Here are a few: The AV Club has their best books, all nicely categorized by genre. Meanwhile, Amazon has helpfully compiled a list of the “Best of the Decade…So far” for your perusal. And then there are others who would contend that you need only look at the Man Booker prize winners to know what the real best books of the decade are.
And lastly, I found this super-helpful list of movies that are coming out over the next few months that are based on books! Now you can schedule your judgment of them ahead of time.