Monday Links

  • Here’s a great interview with one of my favorite authors Hilary Mantel in the Telegraph. She shares her thoughts on writing, her life, winning the Booker prize and even gives hints about the follow-up to Wolf Hall called The Mirror and the Light: ‘The title is a phrase that Cromwell used, and it just seems endlessly fertile, the distortions a mirror can throw up and yet the truth it tells. The way you can move the light towards the mirror… I am not sure I am ever going to get to the end of that.’
  • A.S. Byatt writes about Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland for the Guardian. “Another thing which is odd about reading Alice is that the reader – even a reader aged seven or eight – can never stop thinking about the language. The texture of reading Alice is a series of linguistic puzzles, contradictions and jokes, of which Humpty Dumpty’s assertions of his own arbitrary power over words (a word “means what I choose it to mean”) are only the most striking.”
  • This week Five Chapters will serialize Victoria Patterson’s new story “Violetta.” Victoria’s debut collection, Drift,  is one of three finalists for the Story Prize this week (along with books by Wells Tower and Daniyal Mueenuddin) and was named one of the top books of 2009 by the San Francisco Chronicle.
  • The Quarterly Conversation has announced their new Spring issue featuring articles on Per Patterson, Roberto Bolano, and Herta Muller. They also announce their new blog called The Constant Conversation.
  • Open Letters Monthly’s March Issue has landed.
  • Penguin has posted a whole series of short videos on fonts called Type Matters. It’s pretty neat especially since they’re broken down into 1-2 minute clips.
  • Apparently Henry Holt has decided to stop production of Last Train to Hiroshima by Charles Pellegrino. The book came under question after some sources were unable to be confirmed. Typically, the more they dug, the more dirt they found.

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