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Book News and Pirate Crews

Sep 17, 2008 5:34 PM | 0 comments

Tearing onto the book scene today like an athlete breaking a record is Guinness World Records 2009. This updated version of the classic book (now around for 54 years!) boasts new 3D photographic features and a set of glasses for viewing them. A peek inside the book on the Guinness website reveals the oldest bridesmaid to be 105, the youngest club DJ to be 7 and the highest grossing actor to be Samuel L. Jackson. 

Sometimes book news is sad news. It was with a heavy heart we learned of the suicide of David Foster Wallace, author of Infinite Jest, Consider the Lobster and other works. His untimely and tragic death, like other brilliant writers who suffered from depression and/or committed suicide before him—Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath, Ernest Hemingway, Spalding Gray— is confounding. It’s a dark subject, but one worth examining—we’d like to hear from you. Comment on: Wallace’s books flying off the shelves after his suicide; does artistic brilliance equate suffering; what do his books offer in particular; what of success that comes after death?


And, lastly, on a lighter note…

Avast, readers! Friday, September 19 is international Talk Like a Pirate Day. Don’t be a landlubber—bone up on your pirate lingo at Cap’n Slappy and Ol’ Chumbucket’s official site, or set sail for your neighborhood library and check out BPL’s treasure chest of pirate booty.
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